Montreal, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines is eager to be launching two webcasts of SKIN, one with ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation and the other with French subtitles. This marks La Chapelle’s first ASL interpreted show since its opening thirty-one years ago.
Inspired by a photograph of a partially illuminated door and Seneca’s famous essay On the Shortness of Life (49 AD), SKIN is a dreamlike reflection on the value and duration of human existence. The play explores the theme of the satisfaction of living, through formally distinct segments, each one proposing a singular scenographic universe.
SKIN is Leslie Baker’s most recent creation. She is one of the artists behind The Bakery company and is known mainly for exploring performance in theatrical contexts, while simultaneously working with interventionist experiences. Her artistic approach – which is based on devised physical / visual theatre – is fuelled by her training, international work, and ongoing interests within both theatre and performance art. This project has been developed through workshops and works-in-progress presentations during the Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal Interdisciplinary Writers’ Lab (2016) and Aluna Theatre as part of the CAMINOS Festival (Toronto, 2017). In 2020, she further explored her project with two creative digital residencies at Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Centaur Theatre.
Co-presented by La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines and Centaur Theatre, Skin was created specifically for video and featured as part of the Wildside Festival. The webcast will be launched Wednesday, April 21 – 7 p.m. Free tickets will give unlimited access until Friday, April 23 – midnight. This unique project has been made possible thanks to the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s support for the ASL interpretation, and the Cole Foundation for the French subtitles version, as part of the accessibility program La Chapelle more bilingual than ever.
Produced by The Bakery; Co-presented by Theatre La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines and Centaur Theatre; Director, Creator, Collaborator Performer: Leslie Baker; Co-Creator, Collaborator Performer: Emma Tibaldo; Co-creator: Joseph Shragge; Production Designer: Peter Bottazzi; Composer: Michael Leon; Video and Technology Design: Emily Soussana & Andrew Scriver : potatoCakes_digital; Lighting Designer: Howard Mendelsohn; Lighting Designer for Rock Section Episode 4: Luc Prairie; Sound Designer and Technical Director: Peter Cerone; Prop Designer: Michel Richard; Collaborator Performers: Burcu Emeç, Carina Rose, Dean Makarenko; Strata text performed by Jennie Herbin; Dramaturgical Support: Sarah Elkashef; Band: Paule Girardin, Kevin Komoda, Michael Leon; Production and stage management: Merissa Tordjman; Prop painter: François Tougas; Assistant Technical Director: Elly Tomasson; Camera Operators: Matilda Cerone, Shin Ling Low; Sartorial services: Colomba & Giuseppe Cerone; Green Screen Set Construction: Shopdogs; With support from: CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec); CAM (Conseil des arts de Montréal); PWM (Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal); MCNDG (Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce); IIC (Instituto italiano di Cultura).
Additional credits for the ASL interpretation release
ASL developed in consultation with: Patricia Viens, Jordan Goldman & Jo-Anne Bryan; ASL Interpretation: Patricia Viens; Video embedding: Andrew Scriver.
Additional credits for the French subtitles release
Translation: Elaine Normandeau; Subtitle and video embedding: Andrew Scriver.