"To watch and be ignited by the work of Subscura is unforgettable."
-Lola Frost, Professional Burlesque Artist, Instructor and Art Model
Emily's passion for art and expression is a constant force in her life, taking priority and becoming her central focus. With several years of performance experience in dance, circus, and theatrics, she is committed to using the body to invent, infuse, inspire, re-wire, confuse, and create. The messages delivered in Emily's work are always thought provoking—challenging the comfortable, questioning everything, shape-shifting and spirit-lifting; she delivers a non-conforming experience.
Carly is a dancer, choreographer, vocalist, and songwriter who is fuelled by the opportunity to inspire and connect with others through the performing arts. In 2010, she moved from Kamloops to Vancouver to train in the “Triple Threat Program” at Blue Egg Studios, which further developed her knowledge of singing, acting and dancing. Vocally, she has collaborated with numerous Vancouver artists and written and performed her own music on various stages from Vancouver to New York. In 2014, she co-founded Subscura, in which she has choreographed and performed across Western Canada at venues such as Shambhala Music Festival, Bass Coast Festival, The Vogue Theatre, The Commodore Ballroom, The Roundhouse, and The Vancouver Art Gallery. In recent years, Subscura’s creative process has become delicately intertwined with the sharing and transmuting of personal experience into art. This inherently therapeutic process inspired Carly to offer workshops that provided others the opportunity to discover their inner resources through movement. Carly is currently training to become an Expressive Arts Therapist. Her mission as an artist is to find sophrosyne and attunement through each and every conversation within the body and human experience.
The story of Claire Jemima has been interlaced with various experiments in movement, art and dance - she’s always been an explorer, and thrives on trying new things. A gymnast at the age of 6 saw her successfully competing internationally until the age of 13, where she would then spend the next chapter of her life exploring continuous training in hip hop, jazz, freestyle, butoh, acrobalance and circus arts - just to name her favourites. Informed by a traumatic and tumultuous adolescence, Claire’s solo work and visual art is created from personal experiences of social dynamics, isolation, acceptance and the meaning of beauty. Recruited by Emily Carr University in her senior year of high school, she moved to Vancouver in 2006 to begin her pursuit of a BFA. In 2008 her jewelry, costume and clothing business was born, and she spent the next decade creating custom and ready to wear work that gained worldwide attention. As a model from the age of 10, Claire has an extensive body of work, and has walked runways as well as produced images with photographers all over the world, taking a strong role in the concept design and costuming of many of her photo shoots. In 2013, after winning ‘Best Catwalk’ in an National modelling contest, she auditioned and joined Movement Art troupe Mousai, and later in 2014 co founded the performance art collective Subscura. Through these groups she’s had the honour of performing in some of the most beautiful and prestigious local venues, as well as travelling internationally to share their performances. Using her extensive design and production experience, Claire is responsible for the conception and creation of Subscura’s costumes & props, as well as taking a strong role in the management, communications and finances of Subscura. When she is not crafting, training or rehearsing she teaches as an aerials instructor at Vancouver Circus School, and is currently undergoing training with local clown legend David Macmurray Smith. You can find her work at www.clairejemima.com, or on instagram @clairejemima.
Dance has always been a major part of Stefanie’s life. From ages 3-18, Stefanie trained in classical ballet and modern dance, studying at the School of Alberta Ballet for over a decade, with a brief foray into tap at Decidedly Jazz. At 18, Stefanie left the pressures of formal dance training behind to seek out more liberating and authentic forms of movement. From yoga teacher trainings to 5Rhythms; from underground raves to experimental movement intensives, Stefanie spent the next chapter of her life relishing the sheer joy of movement. A desire to perform led her to join Subscura in 2014; since then, Stefanie has become fascinated with the way performance facilitates the embodiment and expression of aspects of self that are typically out of reach. She forever cherishes dance for its ability to offer equal parts solace and confrontation, but poetry is her mother-tongue. Snippets of her words float in and out of Subscura's work. Stefanie has also recently joined Harbour Dance Centre's Weekend Warriors, a hip-hop training program led by Eric Malapad.