A theater project exploring history and the body through a play and workshops for women.
A History of the Body, the theater work by Aimee Suzara, is about what happens to two women who meet in a beauty salon. Their meeting becomes a crossroads and they leave that salon forever changed.
Bringing together text,dance, and visual projections, the play explores the impacts of colonization and the media on the body. Along with a community engagement component – workshops and interviews and dialogues with women of color – the project as a whole addresses both histories of colonization and exhibition, as well as the modern day phenomena of skin-whitening. It's goal is to provoke dialogue and awareness across communities and cultures, and to promote healing for women of color. This project is about how the past collides with the present. It’s about a battle between self-love and self-hate. It begs to ask the question, why are we afraid of the dark?
SO...JOIN US to match a commission of $6,000 from the East Bay Community Foundation by June 1 for a special, newly-developed staged showing, as well as workshops for women about body image and beauty, at the historic Oakland Asian Cultural Center!
For each dollar you pledge, the EBCF will match it - when we raise $6,000, they will give us $6,000 - for a total of $12,000! But if that amount is not raised, we will not get any of it.
The backer funds will support: rehearsal, workshop and performance space; actor, director, playwright and designer fees; OACC admin costs; lighting, sound and documentation; and promotion fees. Your pledge at any amount gets us closer!
We know you believe in socially engaged theater - in the power of storytelling to make a positive change in this world. Join us today!
"Performance, like education, needs endowments because it is an intangible until you begin to understand its ongoing effect and value in our society at large. As a passionate advocate of the arts and education, I encourage you to support Aimee Suzara and her project A History of the Body in its efforts to do both." - Ellen Sebastian Chang
And audience words:
Set in part at the beauty salon, the History of the Body ensemble points to the source of the messages that empower that gaze and withholding.
A History of the Body provides a viewer with a lesson in how our past resides in our bodies…you become the show!
and about our writing workshops:
The space created by the skills/knowledge of the facilitators and the process of everything was so beautiful and inspiring. I was able to be self-reflective and heal while being a part of the entire group through energy and process. I wish these workshops happened more often.
Thank you, once again, for providing a safe space for our creativity to flow and for us let our guard down. This (Body Image) is such an important topic to continue to dialogue about, especially as Filipina women in this society.
First of all, if Kickstarter is fulfilled, the East Bay Community Foundation to DOUBLE your pledges! So, for $6,000 in individual pledges, they will give $6,000! And what will those pledges and their matching fund support?
Research, oral history equipment, space rental, costumes, set design, promotional flyers, documentation, costumes, consultants, and artist fees as we prepare to stage the work at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (Winter-Spring 2013), and next year, at a theater in SF. You'd also be supporting our community engagement component, including workshops with women about beauty and body image, to be hosted at the OACC as part of our residency.
Examples of how funds can be distributed:
$50: 1-2 hours rehearsal space or rental space for workshops like “In This Skin”
$100: 2-3 hours rehearsal or workshop space or flyer design.
$200: One evening's sound and lighting technician fees or a photo shoot.
$400: Videography for one show.
$1.500: Rental of theatre space for one weekend night
$5,000: Artist fees
Kickstarter functions as an all-or-nothing campaign. So, if we don't meet $5,000, then we don't get anything and all pledges are cancelled. But the stakes are even higher! If we don't make the $6,000 to match the $6,000 offered by the EBCF, then they will also cancel their grant.