Born out of a fascination with the image of an illuminated doorway, Skin is a meditation on boundaries, borders and the shortness of life. Using body, image, text and sound, Skin explores the significance and insignificance of the human experience within the vastness of earth and its atmosphere. In this performance installation we examine the edges of the architecture of our homes, psychology and the earth’s construct, we take a voyage from the earth's core to the exosphere.
The project has been created through several stages. We used the Six Viewpoint improvisation technique to generate gesture and develop the ensemble made up of Jennie Herbin, Carina Rose, Joseph Shragge, Emma Tibaldo, and Viewpoints leader Leslie Baker. In the mean time, text was developed through writing intensives with Joseph, Emma and Leslie. Concurrently, Leslie created a ten-part structure and placed the gestures discovered through improvisation within this structure.
The trio then began placing the text within the structure, followed by the ensemble rehearsing the combination of the physicality and text, making adjustments to the placement of material. Carina, also an architect, started working on the set and costume design, adjusting the design alongside the creation of the work. Video was then layered in, as well as sound by Peter Cerone and Michael Leon and finally lighting by Luc Prairie. Overall, the process of creation has been highly collaborative and co-created, with each member of the team focusing on their specialty.
Created by Leslie Baker with co-creators Emma Tibaldo and Joseph Shragge, in collaboration with Carina Rose and Jennie Herbin
Sound design by Peter-Cerone & Michael Leon, Lighting design by Luc Prairie, Video design by Leslie Baker, Peter Cerone & Kate Hagemeyer,
Original video footage by Than Thein, Set & Costume Design by Carina Rose, Stage Management by Kate Hagemeyer
Leslie Baker, a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing of NYU's TISCH School for the Arts (BFA), Missouri State University (MA) and Towson University (MFA), has worked as a director, acting and movement teacher, movement coach and performer in both theatre and performance art; working internationally since the mid-1990’s. She loves working in traditional arenas as well as site-specific performance installations, exploring performance in theatrical contexts while simultaneously working with interventionist experiences. In these various capacities, Leslie has had the opportunity over the years to work with Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Emma Tibaldo, Tedi Tafel, Peter Bottazzi, Micheline Chevrier, Leeny Sack, Mary Overlie, Ruth Madoc-Jones, Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre and Bettina Hoffman amongst others. Leslie’s specialty is devised physical / visual theatre. These performances have been presented in Montreal at Espace Tangente, Studio 303’s Edgy Women, Summerworks in Toronto and Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival. Her creations have toured to various festivals in Europe and the United States; POW Action Art Festival, Theatre in a Suitcase Festival, NY Fringe Festival and Aquarius Era Festival.. For over 20 years, Leslie has been teaching the Six Viewpoints and a Physical Approach to Acting. She has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, Concordia University, University of Costa Rica, Studio 303, EOLIA Center (Barcelona) and Carver Center for Arts (Baltimore), amongst others.
Emma Tibaldo is the Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and a founding member of Talisman Theatre for whom she has most recently directed The Medea Effect by Suzie Bastien and Billy (The Days of Howling) by Fabien Cloutier, translated by Nadine Desrochers. She most recently directed Reservations by Steven Ratzlaff for Theatre Projects Manitoba and Falling Trees by Megan Coles for Poverty Cove Theatre. Other recent directing credits include: Model Wanted by Step Taylor for NotaBle Acts and Refuge by Mary Vingoe for Eastern Front Theatre. She has collaborated with playwrights from across the country on contemporary new work for the stage. She is a proud member of the theatrical laboratory The Bakery, where she is joyfully experimenting in a new piece entitled Skin. She is a graduate of Concordia’s Theatre Department and the National Theatre School’s directing program. Emma also sings in the family band The Tibaldos.