Corrido,a ballad for the brave


Backball Production

Corrido, a ballad for the brave

A Ballad For The Brave is an immersive concert, performed by internationally renowned violinist and vocalist Lizzie Ball, Polish accordionist Bartosz Glowacki, Chilean guitarist Jorge Bravo, and featuring special guest, Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski. The evening pays musical homage to artistic self-expression, amplifying female voices and honouring established heroines, including the life and works of Frida Kahlo. Drawing inspiration from the cultural landscape of her time, the concert carries an audience on an impressionistic audio-visual journey through exquisite music, original art and animation, and bold video design. I created the hand-painted illustrated elements alongside animations and title cards for the narration, evoking the vivid and colourful world of Frida Kahlo. The show premiered on November 2nd 2018 at the V&A in London. I shall post more info about future dates on the blog.

A concert conceived by Lizzie Ball and Emily Blacksell
Original composition, arrangements and co-direction by Lizzie Ball
Guitar arrangements by Morgan Szymanski
El Salón México by Aaron Copland specially arranged by James Pearson
Book by Emily Blacksell
Directed and Produced by Emily Blacksell
Video design and lighting by Roderick Maclachlan
Animation and original art by Coline Brun-Naujalis
Sound Design by John Leonard
Lizzie Ball – Violin and vocals
Bartosz Glowacki – Accordion
Jorge Bravo – Guitar
And featuring Special Guest, Morgan Szymanski on Guitar

Music includes adapted works by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Alessandro Marcello, Julio César Oliva, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Manuel Ponce, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Django Reinhardt, Germaine Tailleferre, and will feature the UK premiere of Frida Kahlo’s own ‘Corrido de Carlos Chávez y Diego’ by kind permission of Marcela Rodrìguez, from her opera ‘Las Cartas de Frida’.