What is SKIN?
Created by Eileen Goddard and Dana Dobreva, SKIN is an original performance + installation piece that explores the universal search for self-love and acceptance. Based on the real stories of women and their bodies, SKIN takes the viewer on a powerful immersive journey tracing the cycles between child-like wonder and the dark, obsessive world of eating disorders. Blending poetry, live music, and movement to create an emotional landscape that is as raw it can be euphoric, the piece is above all a celebration of the human spirit and a testimony to its incredible resilience.
SKIN will premiere at the 133rd Street Arts Center Lab in Harlem on August 15-18.
Video created by Nick deGrazia and Travis Gorzelsky.
Please visit www.skin133.com for more information.
Eileen Goddard is a New York City based theater artist, writer, and lighting designer. She also owns a small business, Imprint By Eileen, which features her original, handmade jewelry designs. Favorite theater projects include: creating Camp Summer Camp at Performance Space 122, touring with the amazing and inspiring Cabaret Unkempt in 2007, creating Puppets and Shadows with Dana Dobreva in 2006, and going around the world this spring with Banana Bag & Bodice as the Assistant Lighting Designer & Technician on their Beowulf world tour. Eileen is originally from North Carolina, and holds a BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://imprintbyeileen.com/
Dana Dobreva is a New York based stage director who is originally from France and Bulgaria. Credits include: Twelfth Night, Odyssey, Machinal, Bird House, Buried, Arrested, Polaroid Stories, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Butterfly, and two original musicals - Soul Notes and Puppets and Shadows. Dana has also appeared as her clown alter ego Zofie in Everybody Nose: We Need Help! and Everybody Nose: It's My Birthday. She studied Balinese shadow puppetry, masked-dance drama, Dervish dancing, Cham mysteries, Commedia dell’Arte, and Beijing opera as part of the Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory, taught theatre in Bulgaria, Namibia, and New York, and researched Afro-Brazilian dances and tango in South America. BA in Dramatic Art: UNC Chapel Hill. http://danadobreva.com/
Why we need you
The $5,000 that we are raising will all go directly towards renting rehearsal and performance space, paying our performers, and covering design costs. Because funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, we need to reach our goal before the end of our campaign in order to receive any money. We are endlessly grateful for any amount that you are able to contribute and have also created a variety of rewards to thank you for your support and help you get to know us and our project.
Thank you again so much. We can’t wait to share SKIN with you in August!
Risks and challenges
SKIN is still in the process of development, which means that we don’t exactly know how the final piece is going to look. Creating a new, original work is both daunting and exciting, and we know that we will encounter surprises along the way. But we are prepared for the unexpected – we believe that we have a strong, unique vision, and we have surrounded ourselves with an exceptional group of talented artists who will help us bring this show to life.
Because we are producing SKIN as individual artists without the backing of an established theater company, we will have to work hard to build our audience. But together, we have more than a decade of experience in the local theater community, and believe that by combining our unique blend of talents and following a carefully planned marketing strategy, we will be able to build a strong following of people who are as excited about SKIN as we are.
Although we are working on a very conservative budget, we still need to reach our $5,000 goal in order to make SKIN a reality. We believe we can succeed with the help of each one of you – the friends, art lovers, supporters, and collaborators who we already know, and the ones we have yet to meet! Thank you all so much for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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