Life after Frida! Gael is back to Edinburgh
She loves Edinburgh. And Edinburgh loves her back. When the young and unknown actress (at least outside the Latin circuit in London) Gael Le Cornec took her acclaimed one-woman show “Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida” to the International Festival in 2008 she was received with rave reviews.
Four years later and a stronger curriculum (including “The Last Days of Gilda” that toured the UK), she is back to the Scottish capital with the same formula (and that’s not to say it’s a bad thing!) with “Camille Claudel” a story of passion, art and self-destruction in the life of celebrated sculptor and Rodin’s lover Camille Claudel (1864-1943).
A supremely talented young artist whose remaining legacy is now worth millions of pounds, Claudel sprang to notoriety at the age of 19 for her relationship with Auguste Rodin. Their passionate affair bore world-famous works of art but soon cost both more than they could imagine, with Claudel ultimately destroying much of her own work and living out her remaining years in an asylum.
This touching, humorous and captivating story of art and love combines contemporary storytelling and visual theatre with design by Linbury Prize finalist Sophie Mosberger to recreate Paris’ Belle Époque and the untold story of one of the art world’s most influential and overlooked women.
Developed at the Barbican Theatre with Le Cornec’s company Footprint Project, the show’s Edinburgh premiere will be followed by an international tour including stops at Brazil’s Festival Internacional de Curitiba, the LA International Women’s Theatre Festival and France’s Avignon Festival.
Camille Claudel @ Pleasance Courtyard
Pleasance Courtyard (Beside)
Dates & times 1-27 Aug (no show Tuesdays) |