Beauty Is Skin Deep

Stunning. Illuminating. Touching. Powerful. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing the experimental dance piece Skins, playing at the historic La MaMa Theatre. Even without specific characters or a linear plot, Skins tells an amazingly human and compassionate story through its unifying themes about body image, self-expression, and the societal pressures that shape and change us. This piece is based on the poetry of Elizabeth Ingraham, whose work has also inspired a series of life-sized female "skin" sculptures that can be seen hanging in La MaMa's lobby. Throughout the play, a compilation of Ingraham's poems is recited over a sound system as the words come to life onstage through music, dancing, light, and scenery.

Between poems, the dancing is underscored by hypnotically beautiful music performed live

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