FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.
Monday, March 17. Join us for an exploration of the inventive and highly theatrical world of artist and director Theodora Skipitares. Trained as a sculptor and theatre designer, Skipitares has been creating personal solo performances since the late 1970’s. Skipitares’ work features realistic, life-size puppet figures, as well as miniature ones, who become the performers in large-scale works that include live music, film, video, and documentary texts. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and most recently at the Whitney Museum. Among her many honors, Skipitares has garnered a UNIMA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship.
Trilogy: Iphigenia, Odyssey, Helen, Queen of Sparta
+ The Traveling Players Present the Women of Troy.
Evening Performance + Conversation:
An excerpted performance of Skipitares’ upcoming work The Chairs, featuring Judith Malina and others. Conversation with legendary performance artist Martha Wilson.
Theodora Skipitares is a multi-media artist and theater director based in New York. 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, and began to examine 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 original works featuring original music, video and documentary texts. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S., Europe and Asia, most recently at the Whitney Museum. Ms. Skipitares has worked frequently in India as a Fulbright Fellow, as well as in Vietnam, Cambodia and Korea. She is Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.