Spotlight On: Shedding Skin

The Scranton Fringe Festival is a performing arts festival, returning for its second year September 29th – October 2nd 2016 to downtown Scranton. With over fifty productions/special events spanning twelve venues to chose from at the festival the task can seem daunting – we are here to help further introduce you to what the Fringe has to offer!

Shedding Skin is a combination of theater, dance, and spoken word, an exploration of change and transformation via dance and text. A project of Julie Leir-VanSickle from Pocatello, Idaho, the show explores and focuses on questions of self-reflection and self-exploration in relation to the world around us, such as “Can we ever truly leave who we were behind? What do we leave behind when we move on?”

Purchase tickets here to Shedding Skin.

 1. Tell us more about yourself and your production company, Creative Moves.
Creative Moves is the umbrella company for the creative work of Julie Leir-VanSickle. (that’s me!) We began our Fringe experiences by taking “Mask,” a commedia dell’arte inspired dance theatre piece to the inaugural Great Salt Lake Fringe in 2015. This year, I am taking the solo dance performance piece “Shedding Skin” to Great Salt Lake Fringe, Elgin Fringe Festival, and last but not least, the Scranton Fringe. In addition, Creative Moves has created a performance installation in an art gallery titled “Tell Me a Story,” spearheaded a site specific dance project in the Marshall Public Library titled “Check It Out,” and invited six artists to to create something with or inspired by objects from a thrift store for “Thrift Store Stories. Blog posts, pictures, and video can be found at my website

 2. What inspired the creation of Shedding Skin?
Late one night, my oldest child came and told me that their pet ball python, Apophis, was shedding. We both went in to watch the process, and stood, transfixed, for a good half hour watching this snake go through this process of leaving behind the old and emerging shiny and new.
3. Tell us more about the show.
I have had people tell me that they find the show therapeutic! I use one prop, it’s a box that has actual shed snake skin from Apophis (the pet ball python) laminated onto it.

 4. What other productions in the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival are you most excited about / planning on seeing? Have you experienced other Fringes?
Since we met during Elgin Fringe, I would love to catch Cody Clark’s “Conductor Cody” kids show. I am excited to see Maggie Nutall’s show “I’m Standing.” As a dancer and choreographer, I love playing with space, so I’m interested in “Progressive Soiree”from the Ballet Theatre of Scranton as well. This will be my fourth Fringe Festival.

 5. In six words (no more, no less) what would you say to encourage someone to attend Shedding Skin?
Shedding Skin: change, transform, reflect, grow