"To watch and be ignited by the work of Subscura is unforgettable."
-Lola Frost, Professional Burlesque Artist, Instructor and Art Model
Artistic Director/Performance Artist
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.
Project Management/Costume Designer/Performance Artist
Claire Jemima is a curious person, and with ongoing experiments in movement and art, she fits the designation of trans-disciplinary well. Her foundations are in international competitive rhythmic gymnastics, classical ballet and jazz, which supported a later evolution into circus and performance art after years of training in a diverse range of disciplines. This curiosity for expression also applies to visual arts, and saw her pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and founding a jewelry/costume/couture business, which designs and produces all the costumes, props and makeup for Subscura.
Informed by a tumultuous adolescence, Claire’s solo work and visual art is created from her personal experiences with social dynamics, isolation, acceptance and the interpretations of beauty. She's been a model from the age of 10, and has walked runways as well as created work with photographers all over the world.
In addition to being the collective's designer, she also manages social media, communications, finance, marketing and project management. When she is not crafting, training, rehearsing, or working for Subscura, she is an instructor at Tantra Fitness, as well as a model and a private aerial hoop instructor. Claire is a certified gymnastics coach, yoga teacher, acro-yoga teacher and all around weirdo. You can explore more of her work at www.clairejemima.com, or on instagram @clairejemima.
Carly Whitaker-Wilson 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 develop herself as an artist where she trained in singing, acting, modelling and dancing. She has collaborated with numerous Vancouver artists through music video work and singing 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 intuitive movement. Carly has recently gained her Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy and has begun her journey in obtaining her Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy at European Graduate School. Her mission as an artist and therapist is to find sophrosyne and attunement through each and every conversation within the body and human experience.
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. At 18, she left formal dance training behind to seek out more liberation and authenticity through movement than she was currently experiencing. This decade-long journey began with a medley of yoga teacher trainings, music festivals, and underground raves, and forayed through 5Rhythms, experimental movement intensives, and circus arts. When she lived in New York, Stefanie immersed herself in the worlds of dance and theatre as a way to keep herself sane during graduate school. It was during these years that she felt called to return to dance training and performance. Stefanie then joined Subscura in 2014. While she forever cherishes dance for its ability to offer equal parts solace and challenge, poetry is in fact her mother-tongue. Snippets of her words float in and out of Subscura's work. Stefanie also recently joined Harbour Dance Centre's Weekend Warriors, a hip-hop training program led by Eric Malapad.