"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 is interlaced with various experiments in movement, art and dance - she’s an explorer, and thrives on trying new things. A former internationally competitive gymnast that changed focus and began training solely in dance and movement art, training in a plethora of disciplines over the years including the aerial arts. This curiosity applied to visual arts as well, and saw her spend time pursuing a higher education at Emily Carr and running her own jewelry/costume/couture business while she continued to explore her career as a performance artist.
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 meaning of beauty. She's been a model from the age of 10, and has walked runways as well as produced images with photographers all over the world, happily taking a strong role in the concept design and costuming. Claire is also the costume designer & seamstress for Subscura, and dreams up/manufactures a lot of the props they explore in their performances.
When she is not crafting, training or rehearsing she is an instructor at Vancouver Circus School, as well as a model and a private aerials instructor. She recently completed her NCCP training, is currently undertaking Yoga Teacher Training, and will also soon be certified to teach Acro Yoga. 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. 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.