Inside the Studio with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings Comes to San Francisco
This month, choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has been in the studio setting Broken Wings, her critically acclaimed mini masterpiece that explores the life and art of the celebrated Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Audiences will remember Lopez Ochoa for her original work Guernica and its accompanying short film, an imaginative piece inspired by Picasso created for our 2018 Unbound Festival.
Originally commissioned in 2016 for the English National Ballet under the direction of Tamara Rojo, Lopez Ochoa’s contemporary vision of Kahlo’s life explores her artwork, inspiration, relationships, and physical and emotional challenges, all through the lens of her Mexican culture.
“It feels amazing to be back [in the SF Ballet studios]. They are incredible artists. There are some good actors in this company, so it's been a gift. I'm excited to put several casts on stage and I think they will all bring their own accents to the character and to the dance."
San Francisco Ballet rehearsing Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings
Jihyun Choi and John-Paul Simoens rehearsing Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and San Francisco Ballet rehearsing Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings
Jacob Seltzer rehearsing Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings
This work offers the unique opportunity to enter into the realms of the paintings themselves lending a unique interpretation of Kahlo’s wildly creative spirit. Broken Wings will be onstage in Dos Mujeres. This program features the works of two visionary female choreographers who have crafted narrative works chronicling dynamic Latina stories. Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Cuban-born Arielle Smith are among the growing cohort of emerging female dancemakers paving the way for the art form’s future generations.
Broken Wings is onstage April 4–14.
All photos © San Francisco Ballet, by Lindsey Rallo