Based on the true story of a Spanish/Basque communist family of resistance fighters, this physical theater piece explores the resilience of the human spirit. Building evocative images with sound, shadow, song and spoken word, Alma Colorada pulls you through the agony of WWII and present day neurosis then drops you in the midst of flagrant flamenco joie de vive. We wrestle to find safety and meaning against the backdrop of global conflicts, drawn to the sublime in moments of magical intimacy. Cycling between scared and the sacred, the characters are guided by mysterious encounters with the Red Coat.
Created and performed by Catherine Debon
Directed by Erica Blue
Assisted by Jennifer Gordon
"Catherine Debon creates nuanced and powerful characters and the sheer physicality of her performance with a dancer's strength and versatility are awesome." --Fringe review
"I have seen few pieces which have touched my heart as this piece does. It is personal without being self-indulgent. Debon is truly brilliant as she weaves language, music, movement. Superb"! --Audience member review
Catherine Debon started dance classes when she was 3 years old. In 1983, she left Paris and discovered San Francisco and a community of performance artists with whom to collaborate. She trained in Action Theatre, a physical theater improvisational form, and became a drama therapist in 1999. At present she focuses on creating and directing theater from personal stories, including Family Tango and Can You See Me, which have been performed around the country. In 2011, she developed Alma Colorada as part of a residency at The Garage in San Francisco, and directed the Vagina Monologues in Lafayette. She feels very grateful to be guided by the vision and caring of Erica Blue and Jennifer Gordon.
For more info: catherinedebon.com
Erica Blue is an international Dance Theater maker and teacher. She has a BA in Dance and Theater from Sarah Lawrence College and has done Masters work in dance and theater at Dell Arte School of physical theater and Wesleyan University. After founding The Raw Material Performance Ensemble in Amsterdam she returned to the Bay Area and began teaching, directing and performing with her ensemble, Teatro Auzzura. Her solo work has been performed at La Mama in NY, The Cleveland Performance Art Festival and has won Best of the Fringe in SF and Seattle. She also received a Goldie award in 2000 for her role as Salvador Dali's wife Gala. Blue has received critical acclaim for her dance theater work around the US and in Europe. Currently she offers classes and workshops at Berkeley Rep. "I must say am honored to work with the talented and profound Ms. Debon and I'm glad to be back at the Fringe! "
Jennifer Gordon is a drama therapist, actor and director who graduated from NYU. She has been a fan of Catherine's work for many years and is honored to have offered support on this show.
Exit Stage Left
156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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