La Mariposa Borracha (2019)
La Mariposa Borracha (2019)
26 Jul - 28 Jul 2019
Now Showing At Gateway Theatre
“…POWERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL…”
-Tilly Wong, Flamenco San Fronteras
“BROUGHT ME LAUGHTER AND WARMS MY HEART THAT IT BRINGS AWARENESS ABOUT ILLNESS AND PAIN.”
“…FUNNY, SAD, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, SOULFUL AND REALLY, REALLY FUN!”
-Toh Hui Ran
Join Patient X as she escapes from the hospital to do her one last spectacular show with her troupe. Expect a roller coaster ride of emotions as X attempts to complete her mission encountering unexpected surprises, multiple failures, ridiculous dancing and one giant party!
A re-imagining of the original 2017 piece, La Mariposa Borracha (2019) features a brand new troupe with individuals from the caregiving community in this artist-led, community based performance.
Conceived and written by Shanice Stanislaus
Directed by Alvin Chiam
Designed by Aaron Yap, Liu Yong Huay, Jevon Chandra, Ng Yin Shian
Featuring Yazid Jalil, Dennis Sofian, Shanice Stanislaus, Tan Rui Shan as the Troupe
with the Ensemble played by Krish Natarajan, Nicola Kong, Andrea Joy Alingalan, Alvyna Han, Zalifah Ibrahim, Carol Ee, Prema Latha
why should i care? outreach initiative
why should i care? outreach initiative
The WHY SHOULD I CARE? outreach initiative is targeted at youths tackling illness be it patient, caregiver or professional. The initiative aims to share creative coping ‘life hacks’ to aid in the coping process and is comprised of two segments - WHY SHOULD I CARE? LIVE EDITION and WHY SHOULD I CARE? VIDEO SERIES.
WHY SHOULD I CARE? LIVE EDITION
A sharing by youths, for youths
21 July 2019, 430-630pm
Gateway Theatre Dance Studio
‘Why Should I Care?’ Live Edition is an interactive sharing workshop by young people, for young people.
Our 2-hour workshop includes games, movement, writing and meditation, and is structured around the 5 stages of grief in the Kubler Ross model. The session is facilitated by a team of young caregivers and youth who experience illness.
This sharing is exclusively for youth aged between 18 to 30 who have experienced illness as a caregiver or patient. Join a team of fellow young caregivers and patients in sharing tips for wellness through games, movement, writing and meditation.
WHY SHOULD I CARE? VIDEO SERIES
Airs 1 July to 19 July 2019 on:
Facebook Creatives Inspirit
This video series features youth patients and caregivers in open dialogue about their experiences with illness. They share strategies in facing their challenges, and how to better support anyone experiencing illness. Don't miss out!
radin mas arts week
radin mas arts week
As part of La Mariposa Borracha's Outreach, we worked with Radin Mas Community Club to share the joy of wellness through dance and movement. On 4th June 2019, we conducted two AnyBody Can Dance workshops at Radin Mas Community Centre as part of the Radin Mas Arts Week, inviting residents to build bonds and let loose through dance and movement!
Conceived by Shanice Stanislaus
Directed by Alvin Chiam
26 - 28 July 2019 Gateway Theatre Black Box, Singapore
Part of the Gateway Arts Festival 2019
What happens when one decides to escape from the hospital for a brief hour to complete an unfulfilled wish?
Join Patient X with her performance troupe, Snider, Tommy and Z as she escapes from the hospital to do one last spectacular showcase.
Expect a roller-coaster ride of emotions as she attempts to complete her mission encountering unexpected surprises, multiple failures, ridiculous dancing and one giant party!
A few words from our director…
While rehearsing La Mariposa Borracha, I came across an article by a doctor who asked his patients who are terminally ill kids – what really matters in life?
From their replies, the doctor concluded these are what really matters:
My take-home message from this article -
Amidst life’s transience and mortality, we can still be touched by the strength of hope and positivity.
This is my journey with Patient X. I’d like to share this journey with you.
La Mariposa Borracha (The Drunken Butterfly)
Alvin Chiam has been actively involved in the Singapore theatre scene for more than 15 years as a performer, director and educator. Play, or Le Jeu, is a philosophy he adopts in his work. Strongly influenced by Philippe Gaulier and the late Kuo Pao Kun, Alvin believes that practising the arts must ultimately be about humanity and that it is a way of life.
Having graduated with distinction from E’cole Philippe Gaulier in 2009 with support from the Arts Professional Development Grant from the National Arts Council Singapore, Alvin subsequently pursued his Masters of Arts in 2013 at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance as an NAC Arts Scholar.
A few words from the creator…
Do you stop dancing when you become ill?
The work began as an investigation on the theme of the exhausted body. This a particularly relevant question to me both as someone who loves to dance while experiencing the impact of sickness taking a toll on my physical body. In the past three years, this issue struck me hard after losing dear friends and after watching them struggle with illness both physically and mentally. I then became curious to explore the effect of illness on the body, the relationship, almost like a dance-like battle with sickness and the fight to get better through movement and laughter.
Of course, I didn’t want this to be a show where we focus on the negative aspects of sickness instead I wanted to present the journey, the ups and downs, the surprises, the dissonance and the emotional roller coaster that often accompanies an illness. Sick people don’t need to be reminded that they are sick and hence, I wanted this to be an experience, almost like a painkiller.
This concept came about when I was in a clown class and was in immense pain but found laughter to relieve or distract some of that pain away. Supported by research showing the effectiveness of humor in pain relief, the art of clown became an important guiding principle for the writing of the show. This show would also not function without humor and a little party because often with suffering, I found it important to embrace the celebratory aspects in life.
After the first two years of writing and performing this work, I wanted to take it outside of my own personal experience. I wanted to find the communities where this story would resonate and present a narrative that belonged to a larger community. In the past year, the work has taken me to communities of individuals who experience physical illnesses, mental illnesses and their caregivers whose narratives have greatly informed the narrative of X and her troupe.
The research of the work also took me to the poorest of communities, from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya to the Battambang slums of Cambodia where illness was the everyday narrative of the individuals who live amongst unpiped sewage and piles of loose trash, with a constant exposure to cholera, typhoid, malaria and various diseases.
It was in my time in these communities in the past three years, I found the power of dance and community to keep everyone going despite the harshest of conditions in their poverty. Music and dance was the one tool that kept these communities together. There was often a communal celebration in response to the harsh reality of death and illness.
Even in interactions with terminally ill children and patients, the invention of an ‘escape’ to a lighter space was very prominent in our interactions. The imagination of a surreal fantasy, a celebration or even a party was often being mentioned. This work is a manifestation of this ‘lighter space’, a colourful madness in dissonance with the harsh, cold grey reality of an illness.
The root of this show is love. To find a love for life, for each other and even for ourselves, even at the roots of suffering that prevails in our lives. Illness is not always a downward spiral. It is a journey of many truths, it really is a roller coaster: we have the positive upward moments of really learning to treasure and love each other and the celebrations and it is also a downward slope of not just pain and sadness but of anger, frustration and oftentimes it can even be feeling nothingness. I hope by providing an insight into the mind of a sick person, the complexities of the emotions, that people may learn about how to respond and maybe what to expect.
This is not a narrative of an illness but this show embodies the illness itself and what it does to us, as the viewer. You may find yourself, laughing, singing along, dancing with us, but you may also find moments where you are unsure, scared, getting angry with us. And that myriad of madness, the mix of colours and emotions are my gift to you, to feel human with us and feel everything that I am about to give to you. Yours or someone else’s illness does not define you.
Creator of La Mariposa Borracha (The Drunken Butterfly)
Playwright, Choreographer, Performer
Shanice Nicole Stanislaus is an artist who strongly believes in making the arts accessible through multi-disciplinary mediums. She believes in the power of arts empowerment for all and uses her role as a performer, creator and producer to create meaningful work for communities around her.
Her artistic practice is strongly influenced by her work with international directors and choreographers including esteemed Flamenco Dance Theatre practitioner, Antonio Vargas (Singapore), Broadway Jazz choreographer, Sue Samuels (New York) and award-winning dance theatre director and choreographer Alberto Velasco (Spain).
She loves working with communities that have no access to the arts and her work includes developing and training new choreographers and dance instructors in impoverished communities internationally. As a licensed international Zumba instructor, she can be found instructing for Zumba classes from Singapore to Kenya and Cambodia, her work being supported by the Zumba Home Office and recognized by the United Nations.
She is the founder and director of Creatives Inspirit, a creative arts company with the mission to empower and nurture a community of socially responsible thinkers, artists, problem solvers and creative changemakers. With her team of fellow emerging artists and producers, she hopes to continue supporting communities around her, inspiring them that they too have a voice and an opportunity to create their own visions to reality.
Shanice has a Bachelors of Arts with Honours from Yale-NUS College. She also has trained in dance and theatre in New York at Tisch: school of the arts, Stella Adler Studio for Acting, Broadway Dance Center and La Caldera in Barcelona.
Her award credits include: Singapore representative for New Prague Dance Festival- Winner of Best Physical Theatre group, Best Folk and Most Popular Group (2013), European Union Short Documentary Award (2016) Guam International Film Festival (2016), Mallorca Film Festival (2017), Yale-NUS Alumni Arts Development Grant for the Performing Arts (2019).
In order of appearance:
Shanice Stanislaus X
Tan Rui Shan Tommy
Yazid Jalil Snider
Dennis Sofian Z
Andrea Joy Alingalan
Outreach & Engagment
WHY SHOULD I CARE - Video Series
Natalie Christian Tan, Timothy Goh, Y.K. Riley, Timothy Seet, Jaisilan Sathiasilan, Tan Rui Shan, Lim Lishan, Hannah Elizabeth Rodrigues, Ira Jain, Roshan Singh
WHY SHOULD I CARE - Live Edition
Janel Ang, Roshan Singh, Jaisilan Sathiasilan, Y.K. Riley
PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOPS
Introduction to Le Jeu Led by Alvin Chiam
Anybody Can Dance Led by Shanice Stanislaus
Assistants Liew Zhi Hao
Tan Rui Shan
Publicity & Outreach
Concept / Writer / Choreographer Shanice Stanislaus
Director Alvin Chiam
Producer Michele Lim
Set Designer/Costume Stylist Aaron Yap
Lighting Designer Liu Yong Huay
Sound Designer Jevon Chandra
Video Cinematographer & Producer Jon Tan
Production/Stage Manager Nadya Gerhard
Technical/Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Elizabeth Rodrigues
Assistant to Technical Manager/Crew Ang Hwee Leng
PUBLICITY & OUTREACH
Visual Communications Designer Ng Yin Shian
Marketing (Social Media) Designer Jon Tan
Outreach & Engagement Manager Janel Ang
Ticketing Manager Nadya Gerhard
Media support Lesha Mansukhani & Nadya Gerhard
Marketing & Outreach Support Ng Yuan Jie
Photography Dave Lim & Timothy Chua
NYC Youth X
National Arts Council
What Solutions - Whai Aun
Go Zest (S) Pte Ltd - Glennis
ADD 1 Resources Asia Pacific Pte Ltd- Wan Yi
Conduire Consulter Pte Ltd - Yvonne Wu
Mr & Mrs Liew
Perfect Pix Camera & Video Pte Ltd
OSD Global Pte Ltd
Mr & Mrs Stanislaus
Lim Wei Zhen
Michael James Anthony
Gateway Arts Ltd
CAD-IT Consultants (Asia) Pte Ltd - Florence Tan & Terence Chan
Bukit Merah Community Club
Fortune Meadows B2B Pte Ltd
Singapore Association of Mental Health YouthReach
Radin Mas Arts & Culture Committee
Media, family and friends
And all who have supported this production and the La Mariposa Borracha journey in one way or another.
Yazid Jalil (Snider)
An actor and movement practitioner, Yazid is an alumnus of the Intercultural Theatre Institute and the École Philippe Gaulier (France). Notable theatrical works as a performer include: Displaced Persons' Welcome Dinner (2019, Checkpoint Theatre / SIFA), Underclass (2018, The Necessary Stage/ Dramabox), Four Horse Road (2018, The Theatre Practice), The Malay Man and His Chinese Father (2018, Akulah Bimbo Sakti/ International Theatre Festival of Kerala) It Won’t Be Too Long: The Cemetary (2015, Dramabox/ SIFA) and Charged (2010, Teater Ekamatra).
His works as an actor has earned him two Best Ensemble nominations and a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Singapore Life! Theatre Awards.
Tan Rui Shan (Tommy Wildfire)
Rui Shan graduated with First Class Honours in the BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre Programme in LASALLE College of the Arts, and was awarded the Future Leader Scholarship during her course of study. Rui Shan’s theatre credits include Forbidden City Musical and Upstairs in the Sky by Singapore Repertory Theatre, Bunny Finds the Right Stuff and The Dragon’s Dentist by Playtime @ Esplanade, 1000 Millennials Crying at the M1 Fringe Festival 2018, Here and Beyond by Toy Factory, and Annie Ting and the Dragon at Pesta Boneka 2018 in Yogyakarta.
Dennis Sofian (Z)
An actor and musician, Dennis’ theatre credits include Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Laramie Project (both SRT Young Co), Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Casca in Julius Caesar, The Unlucky Younger Brother, The Comedy of Errors, Her Naked Skin (all RCSSD), Prince Kazbeki in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Engineer Theatre), Compson Sr./Reverend Shegog in The Sound and the Fury (Pleasance Theatre), And the Deep Blue Sea (Studio Festival). Dennis graduated from the B.A. Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre) course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Krish Natarajan (Champion Man)
Freelance actor, Krish Natarajan is a co-founder of theatre company @Patchandpunnet and theatrical event company Strawberries Inc. An alumni from YOUNG&W!LD, Krish recently graduated with a first class in BA Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts. His performance credits include Requiem for Change (2018), Henry V (2018), A New And Better You and The Disappearing Number (2019). Productions by Patch and Punnet since its debut show 2042 (2017) are Stupid Cupid (2018) and The Adventures Of Abhijeet (2019) which premiered at the Fresh Fringe Festival Singapore, which will be staged again at the Arts House from 23rd-25th August 2019.
Andrea Joy Alingalan (Ensemble)
A versatile performer, Andrea acts for stage, TV and film. She has played major roles in the following theatre productions: Shakespeare’s Henry V, Book of Living and Dying, and musicals Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof and Aida. Andrea was handpicked to be a storyteller for the International Storytelling STORYFEST Festival Singapore 2018. Her TV credits include Mediacorp’s Zero Calling, Rojak and a telemovie titled Rise. She has also appeared in advertisements for McDonald’s, Ministry of Culture Community & Youth, and Sentosa.
A recent graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA(Hons) Musical Theatre programme, Andrea is also a recipient of the LASALLE’s Future Leaders Scholarship.
Nicola Kong (Ensemble)
Identifying herself as a dancer first, Nicola prides herself in being a multifaceted performer, having played roles from Shakespeare to Gorky. She has performed in arts festivals, national parades, and devised community theatre productions. Her latest works include Golde in Fiddler On The Roof, and lead role of Sandra in The Yellow Road, a short sci-fi film for Lenovo Singapore. Recently graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts' Musical Theatre Programme, Nicola is opened to opportunities and intends to explore the world of film and stunt acting.
Zalifah Ibrahim (Ensemble)
Zalifah is a self-motivated professional who is currently on a short break from reality. She loves and feels so much for children. Since 2015, she initiated a yearly shoebox gift initiative to reach out to the underprivileged children from our local children’s homes with the generosity from like-minded sponsors. She enjoys solo backpacking and advocates that everyone should at least travel solo once in their lifetime. Being a part of La Mariposa Borracha makes her understand that there is a child in each and everyone of us, even if we are no longer a minor in the eye of the law. Life has its ups and downs, but we should not forget to laugh and face life optimistically. She endeavours to be a clown, and spread smiles near and far to those she comes into contact with.
Alvyna Han (Ensemble)
Alvyna Han is a Site and Team Administrator. Having thoroughly enjoyed the Le Jeu workshop conducted for caregivers, she wanted to experience being part of La Mariposa Borracha which is about Shanice’s journey. During the course of the project, Alvyna saw similarities between the story and her own journey – “We escaped, have friends who love and support us no matter what, had times that we wanted to give up but then got back up again as well as deep happiness when we could complete things we wanted and needed to.
This play is so real and dancing is so therapeutic!”
Carol Ee (Ensemble)
Having had so much fun playing at the Le Jeu workshop offered to the Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) last year, Carol said ‘yes’ immediately when invited by Shanice to be part of the La Mariposa Borracha project. A single parent of two children, Carol is a full-time working mother as well as a caregiver. Big realization from this experience – “I have lost the simple pleasure in life, which is play!”
Prema Latha (Ensemble)
Prema works in a library, and is a caregiver. Her interest in performance peaked after attending the Le Jeu and dance workshops conducted for CAL by Shanice and her team. Dancing is something she derives a lot of pleasure since childhood, and La Mariposa Borracha offers her this opportunity. The roller-coaster ride of emotions and experiences during rehearsals resonated with her as a caregiver. The characters and situations in the performance for her showed different sides and perspectives - windows for a person who is suffering to find joy in the depths of depression. She feels like there are many people out there who may feel that there is no escape in what they are going through. She would like to share -- "...it is a matter of finding that spark in your passion, and that can be a catalyst for recovery.”
Aaron Yap (Set & Costume Designer/Stylist)
Aaron graduated from LASALLE College of the Artsʼs BA(Hons) Technical Theatre programme in 2011, and has taken on various designer roles for different theatrical genres, ranging from Chinese opera, ballet, dance drama, plays and musicals. His more notable works to date includes: When We Dead Awaken (lighting design: Intercultural Theatre Institute, 2018), FRAGO (set design: Checkpoint Theatre, 2017), Fatimah and Her Magic Socks (costume and props design: The Esplanade Co. Ltd., 2017), Butterflies Awakening (set and lighting design: Sim Siew Tin Hokkien Opera Troupe, 2016), MOSAIC (set design: Take Off Productions, 2015), The Merry Widow (set design: Singapore Lyric Opera, 2014), Lucky Stiff (set and costume design: LASALLE College of the Arts, 2014), A Startling Dream (media design: Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, 2014), and The Nutcracker (set and costume design: Singapore Dance Theatre, 2011).
Liu Yong Huay (Lighting Designer)
Yong Huay received the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate) 2015 and is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design (June 2016). Selected theatre and dance-related projects she has designed for include, Fundamentally Happy (co-production by Nine Years Theatre and Esplanade), liTHE 2017-2018 (THE Second Company), It Takes All Kinds (Theatre For Seniors) and Excavations, a site-specific theatre piece at Singapore Art Museum (Ctrl Fre@k). In September 2017, she co-founded 微Wei Collective with Neo Hai Bin. She loves the collaboration of nature, space and art and wants to embark on creative projects that encompass these elements.
Jevon Chandra (Sound Designer)
Jevon Chandra is an artist and a sound designer. As a soloist and collaborator, he has exhibited projects regionally and internationally in Japan, London, Thailand, and India. His recent activities include participations in Esplanade Flipside Festival, NLB Read! Fest, and liTHE 2018 (with T.H.E Second Company), alongside sound design work for animations accompanying exhibitions in National Gallery Singapore. Through considerations in sound, space, and interpersonal relations, his art practice hopes to find better understandings and ways of caring and communicating—and having been in positions of needing care and needing to care, the chance to work on this show has been cathartic and timely.
Ng Yin Shian (Visual Communications Designer)
Shian is an independent illustrator and designer based in Singapore. She has a myriad of influences and interests, ranging from classic Disney animation to Japanese woodblock prints and the Polish school of Posters, resulting in an eclectic mix of styles. She has produced art for Metallica, Weird Al Yankovic, Bojack Horseman and Pizza Hut.
Jon Tan (Video Cinematographer & Producer, Marketing (Social Media) Designer)
Jon Tan is a Cinematographer, Commercial Director and a Voiceover Artist. His work has hit the front page of Reddit, been featured on the New York Times blog and (almost) helped to send Singapore’s first man into space. He runs the production company, ROTOTORO, where he crafts funny videos that help brands sell products on the internet. You can find him online at www.JonTan.co because someone else bought the .com
Janel Ang (Outreach & Engagement Manager)
A graduate of both pioneering batches of Yale-NUS College and School of the Arts, Janel has worked in Rachel House (Indonesia), a paediatric palliative care organisation, facilitated inclusive programmes through art with Superhero Me, led a painting programme for stroke patients at NUH, and interned at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Italy). Her dog Pebbles has taught her love, fun and gratefulness. Her journey with mental health as both caregiver and care recipient has taught her patience, humility, and authenticity. She hopes to cultivate gentle practice, in life, art and relationships.
Michele Lim (Producer)
Michele is an independent arts management consultant, educator and producer. Producing credits include 《六根不宁》I came at last to the seas (Esplanade Huayi Festival, The Theatre Practice 2018) ; garden•uprooted (Arts Fission & The Philharmonic Orchestra 2018) ; Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner (Richard Wagner Association & Opera Viva Ltd, 2016) ; Dark Room (Esplanade Studio Commission, Edith Podesta, 2016) ; Betwixt Festival (2016) ; Returning《回归》 (Singapore International Festival Of The Arts, Mdm Goh Lay Kuan, 2015) ; Make it New- Celebrating 20 years of Arts Fission (Art Fission, 2014-2015), ;《望远行》MovingHorizon: A Nanyin Journey (Esplanade Huayi Festival Festival, Siong Leng Musical Association, 2014) and Dream Country: A Lost Monologue (Singapore Arts Festival Commission, Marion D'Cruz, 2012).
Nadya Gerhard (Production/Stage Manager, Ticketing Manager)
Nadya’s interest in the arts began through dance; in particular through her training in classical ballet. She was exposed to technical theatre as she was performing on stage at the School of the Arts Singapore. Furthering her studies at LASALLE College of the Arts’s Diploma in Technical and Production Management course, Nadya has taken on various roles such as Production Manager, Stage Manager and Lighting Operator. Theatrical productions she has worked on include Emily The Musical (Musical Theatre Limited), Being: Haresh Sharma (The Necessary Stage, in collaboration with Cake Theatrical Productions), FRAGO (Checkpoint Theatre) and Running with Strippers (Cake Theatrical Productions) ; The Jungle Adventure: A Romp on the Wild Side (Artbeatz, in collaboration with Mascots and Puppets Specialists), Dear Zoo, KidsFest! 2019 and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant (ABA Productions).
Hannah Elizabeth Rodrigues (Technical Manager/Assistant Stage Manager)
Driven by a passion to work in the Music, Arts and Entertainment industry, Hannah started off as a Film student in ITE, where she was recruited into an Alternative Pop/Punk band. Deciding to get a different perspective of the Entertainment industry, she changed her specialization from Filmmaking/Cinematography to Technical and Production Management where she found interest in set building, prop making, lighting, and most recently, stage management. Productions she has been involved in as an Assistant Stage Manager since graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts are《我的 妈妈是 ENY》Super Mommy (Singapore, May-June 2018) and Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!) (Taiwan, November 2018-January 2019). Hannah’s first love and aspiration is to be a vocalist.
La Mariposa Borracha Outreach Initiatives
With a belief in the power of the arts, and the desire to share more about Le Jeu and dance creation to more communities in Singapore, Shanice, Alvin and the team conducted introductory arts workshops for parents and caregivers of young adults with special needs from Harmony Community Choir, caregivers from Caregivers Alliance, Singapore Association of Mental Health and residents from Radin Mas as part of Radin Mas Arts Festival.
Besides introducing Le Jeu and dance to the participants, it is hoped that the experiences and skills shared at these workshops will help individuals who experience illness and caregivers build a sense of community, hope and strength to bring into everyday life.
‘Le Jeu’ workshop
Le Jeu is a form of theatre that uses play to discover yourself and your inner child, to build resilience, find respite amidst life challenges and achieve self-care. In the workshop, the pleasure of play is experienced through games and exercises, and is full of fun and laughter accompanied by a supportive atmosphere.
Activities and exercises learnt in the workshop can be linked back to everyday situations on how to use laughter to find a renewed sense of purpose especially in difficult times.
‘AnyBody Can Dance’ workshop
A strong advocate for bringing dance to all kinds of bodies, Shanice believes in the power of dance and play in therapy and wellness. In ‘AnyBody Can Dance’, she introduces dance creation and learning as a new way of expression. Le Jeu techniques are used as a form of engagement through dance, to inform the dance-making process as well as to bring out the individuality of each participants.
La Mariposa Borracha Outreach Initiatives
WHY SHOULD I CARE? is an engagement programme created in conjunction with the production of La Mariposa Borracha. It is an outreach initiative by youth, for youth, to encourage open dialogues about coping with illness.
The dialogue comes in two platforms :
WHY SHOULD I CARE? Video Series
This series features 10 young people living with illness as caregivers or patients sharing their ‘life hacks’ for coping, answering questions like “what sort of ‘help’ isn’t helpful?” or “what do you wish your loved ones would do in times of illness?”. Their candid responses are spread across a 6-part video series that is aired on Creatives Inspirit’s Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and website. Check it out at www.creativesinspirit.com/wsic
WHY SHOULD I CARE? Live Edition
This is a 2-hour interactive sharing session facilitated by 4 young caregivers and youths living with illness. Through games, movement, writing and meditation, they share creative strategies in dealing with challenges that come along with the journey of illness. The session is structured around the 5 stages of grief in the Kübler Ross model and aims to build community amongst fellow youth caregivers and patients in sharing creative tools for self-care.
In loving memory of the beautiful souls who have fought the good fight and continue to leave their legacy in our lives.
La Mariposa Borracha (2017)
La Mariposa Borracha (2017)
LA MARIPOSA BORRACHA is a whimsical dance theatre performance designed to explore the journey of personal illness. Inspired by the theme of the exhausted body, the narrative of the performance sought to explore movement in the context of the slowly deteriorating physical body of the dancer. In its conception, the performance is an immersive audience experience guided by the principles of dance theatre and clown. The performance is an episodic journey of Patient X as she escapes from the hospital for one brief hour to do one last spectacular showcase with her troupe. This performance aims to entertain people through a spectacle while causing the audience to introspect about sickness and pain through the lens of humour.
Do we ever stop dancing?
Do we ever stop dancing?
This was the first question that the project begun with. I wanted to investigate the idea of a deteriorating body in the dance world, inspired primarily by my own experience with illness as well as witnessing other friends’ journeys. Marina Abramovic writes, ‘My body is now beginning to be falling apart but I will do it to the end.’ Having watched many dancers struggle with keeping up their craft while pushing their body to extremities, I wanted to address this particular narrative. Before the conceptualization of this performance, I had worked on a documentary film, ‘Refugi’ that aimed to show that any body type is able to move. The documentary was an impetus to this project as it showed everyone has the potential in them to dance. Jerzy Grotowski writes, ‘We feel that an actor reaches the essence of his vocation whenever he commits an act of sincerity, when he unveils himself, opens and gives himself in an extreme solemn gesture and does not hold back before any obstacle set by custom and behaviors. Hence, taking my experience of the exhausted body and the findings of the research done for ‘Refugi’, it became important to present a sincere narrative, my journey of being sick.
Patient X escapes from the hospital for one brief hour in order to do one last spectacular showcase with her performance troupe, 'La Mariposa Borracha'. The show revolves around the episodic journey of Patient X as she explores the different emotional stages that a sick patient goes through: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance, littered with the actual spectacular showcase. At the heart of the show, it aims to portray the ups and downs: the dissonance between the sickness and the spectacle of the show. Combining the principles of clown and dance theatre, the show is designed to be a painkiller while wrestling with the theme of the exhausted body. Look forward to ridiculous dancing, bad jokes and one giant party!
LA MARIPOSA BORRACHA translates as the drunk butterfly in English from Spanish. It was a nickname given to me when I was working on a show in Barcelona. Perhaps, the nickname came as a form of endearment but it also embodies the perspective of how my cast mates in Spain saw me as a dancer without inhibitions.
The project began as an investigation on the theme of the exhausted body. This is a particularly relevant topic to me both as someone who loves to dance while experiencing the impact of sickness taking a toll on my physical body. In the past year, this issue struck me hard after losing dear friends and after watching them struggle with illness both physically and mentally. I then became curious to explore the effect of illness on the body, the relationship almost like a dance-like battle with sickness and the fight to get better through dance.
Of course, I didn't want this to be a show where we focus on the negative aspects of sickness instead I wanted to present the journey, the ups and downs, the surprises, the dissonance and the emotional roller coaster that often accompanies an illness. Sick people don't need to be reminded that they are sick and hence, I wanted this to be an experience almost like a painkiller. This concept came about when I was in a clown class and was in immense pain but found laughter to relieve or distract some of that pain away. Supported by research showing the effectiveness of humor in pain relief, the art of clown became an important guiding principle for the writing of the show. This show would also not function without humor and a little party because often with suffering, I found it important to embrace the celebratory aspects in life.
Having travelled around the world to work and train on different dance and theatre projects, I found myself questioning my own creative style and how I would want to watch a performance. In these reflections, I felt that I wanted to challenge the performance viewing process. In my own experience, I didn't want to just be an audience member watching a performance passively, I wanted to be engaged and if an artist could engage me beyond the conventional means of just watching a performance, I was sold on the show. Hence, with this project, I often questioned how I would like my audience to receive the show. The role of the audience became my top priority in making my creative decision, how can I best challenge them, surprise them and give them a show that they might not expect what might come next.
This project has been one whirlwind of a journey but I am thankful to present a piece of myself through the show. I sincerely hope you are entertained but in the heart of it all, this show is dedicated to those who suffer and who have suffered with all kinds of illnesses: that you may find that you're not alone in your suffering.
TEDx PICKERING STREET
TEDx PICKERING STREET
In July 2017, the Creatives Inspirit tribe was invited to present for TEDx Pickering Street 2017 at the ArtScience Museum. Entitled, ‘Play, Don’t Perform’, the presentation explored the use of play in real-life situations and the ability to use our mistakes to take the pressure to perform. By drawing parallels with clowning, the presentation hoped to encourage more individuals to approach their work with the spirit of play in order to build better mental health and creativity in whatever field of profession they may be in.
Watch our full presentation below and keep a lookout for our La Mariposa Borracha crew!
THE TROPICAL ARTS CLUB
THE TROPICAL ARTS CLUB
In the Tropical Arts Club, we speak to Creative Professionals about their often unconventional personal and career journeys. Along the way we find answers to common questions like:
"Do I need a degree to work in the arts?"
"Do all artists starve?"
"How do I get my show funded?"
"Why do you wear black everyday?"
Listen to their stories and peek into the secrets and truths of creative industries... and maybe, you'll find out if the artist's life is right for you. Please support us by subscribing to our YouTube channel and giving us a follow on Instagram @TropicalArtsClub
EPISODE 0: "Do You Need a Degree to Work in the Arts?" with Adeeb Fazah
In this almost unreleased pilot episode of the Tropical Arts Club, we sit down for a chat with Adeeb Fazah, the artistic director of The Second Breakfast Company.
We discuss the necessity of a degree in the arts and the challenges of running an independent theatre company in Singapore.
EPISODE 1: "How to get Hired as a Freelance Writer" with Nicholas Chen
This week's guest is Nicholas Chen - a Senior Content Strategist at Clickr Media. We chat about his journey that took him from working in kitchens to forging a career in marketing. Along the way, he shares practical tips for content writers.
EPISODE 2: "Is Lecturing An Easy Job?" with Leslie Neo
This week's guest is Leslie Neo - a Photographer and Senior Lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic Media, Arts & Design School.
EPISODE 3: "Are You an Artist If You Have a Day Job?" with Daphne Huang Vargas
This week's guest is Daphne Huang Vargas - a geriatric doctor and the Artistic Director of Flamenco Sin Fronteras. If you've considered balancing your art with the demands of a day job, this episode is for you!
EPISODE 4: "Going Pro While You're Still in School" with Sean Cham
This week's guest is Sean Cham - an artist from Singapore, working at the intersections of visual art, performance, and situated practice... and when we filmed this episode, he was still in school!
Sean’s body of work has been featured all over the world, from Korea to Ethiopia. We chat with this amazingly talented man about juggling commitments and about getting your art on the global stage.