By Skysaver Productions Directed by Theodora Skipitares Music by Sxip Shirey
THERE'S BLOOD AT THE WEDDING: Songs for Lorca is a unique musical adaptation of play fragments by Federico Garcia Lorca. It features a complete world of characters and landscapes using life-size rod puppet figures, shadow figures, miniature paper dioramas, and giant masks. Lorca's plays, especially BLOOD WEDDING, focus on endless cycles of violence within a community. In this production, his texts are juxtaposed with contemporary accounts of men and women killed by police.
About the Artists
Theodora Skipitares is an interdisciplinary artist and theater director based in NewYork. Trained as a sculptor and theater designer, she began creating personal solo performances in the late 1970's, which revolved around the use of handmade objects that were worn on her body. Gradually she moved away from autobiography to explore social and historical themes. She introduced small 3-dimensional representations of herself into these performances, which she understood (later) to be puppets. She has created 25 works featuring as many as 300 puppet figures, live music, film, video and documentary texts. These projects include UNDER THE KNIFE, a site-specific history of medicine which took an audience to twelve different theater environments, and BODY OF CRIME, a history of women in prison. More recently, she created three plays about the Trojan War: HELEN, ODYSSEY, and IPHIGENIA. In 2014, she devised THE CHAIRS, a take-off on Ionesco's absurdist classic, and in 2016, she created SIX CHARACTERS, a response to Pirandello's play.
Skipitares has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, UNIMA, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship and a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, among others. Her visual work has been exhibited widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, most recently at the Whitney Museum. She has worked frequently in India as a Fulbright Fellow, as well as in Vietnam, Cambodia and Korea. Skipitares is Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. http://www.theodoraskipitares.com/