June 1 | 2017
Jessica Mitrani director
Rossy de Palma performer
Alex Czetwertynski digital
Andres Levin music
Rossy de Palma (star of Pedro Almodovar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) embodies the spirit of Nellie Bly in Traveling Lady. Part performance, part film, this one woman show maps a journey that challenges social and gender dynamics. Colombian artist Jessica Mitrani conceives and directs this extraordinary multimedia experience, at once physical and psychological, earthly and cosmic.
- Preview of Traveling Lady - Dallas Observer!
by Jennifer Smart, Dallas Observer
When 19th century journalist Nellie Bly set out to break the fictional record of Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, she was told she’d never make it. She would need male protectors, undoubtedly, and the amount of baggage she would be required to carry as a woman would make the journey impossible to complete alone.
Never one to acquiesce to authority, Bly created an all-purpose coat, packed a small suitcase, and made the journey around the world in 72 days and some odd hours.
A number of years ago, Colombian-born and New York-based artist Jessica Mitrani happened upon a photograph of Bly in Giuliana Bruno’s book on the spatio-visual in art, Atlas of Emotion.
“I was attracted to what she represented not by who she was. To me, she represented the idea of a portable femininity.” Mitrani says. “This allure of being mobile while still retaining the essential, this ideal packaged femininity, is something you can still see in the pages of fashion magazines today.”