We are two Malaysian individuals who are tired of the molds society tries to put us in. The VSC Project is aimed at challenging the status quo through unconventional storytelling. Both struggling with adhering to traditional gender roles and stereotypes, we found a bunch of likeminded souls who also decided that enough is enough.
Explore the idea of a gender blind world with us, through our first VSC showcase: “DUALITY;”.
WHY NOW With widespread hatred and violence throughout our world. From the bombings of Manchester, to the stripping of women reproductive rights in the U.S., and cutting off medical support for trans individuals. And something closer to home, the death of a teenage boy who battled with society daily to be himself. Acceptance is most needed NOW, more than ever.
WHY HERE We live in a country where we, by default, divisive primarily due to race, religion and ideologies. The recent death of a teenage boy should not act as a wakeup call for us to break the silence. We should be loud and unapologetic all the time for basic human rights. Speak out on what is deemed taboo for most Malaysians. Speak out on prevalent issues that society has placed on gender-identity.
WHY US Because we are the reaction of towards a society that desires nothing more than to mould its people into something that they are not. Because we believe that hatred stems from fear and can only be resolved through acts of acceptance and love.
PERFORMANCE STRUCTURE The structure of the piece will not be that of a usual theatre play where audience come in, sit down and watch drama unfold on a stage. In DUALITY; audience will be invited into a space where they are free to roam around, choosing the path they want to take while being invited to pry into the world of various individuals telling their stories on identity, gender, and everything that revolves around it.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The Cast Adel Lina (Contact Improviser, Tattoo Artist) Alia Kearney (Musical Actor) Helena Foo (Director, Actor, Flow Artist) Lee Minhui (Actor) Marvin Wong (Actor) Nik Waheeda (Actor, Writer) Nikki Basharudin (Actor) Nisya Aziz (Actor, Dancer) Perassath Servai (Dancer, Filmmaker) Putrina Mohd Rafie (Actor) Rifdi (Flow Artist) Sivagami Selvarajan (Dancer) Tania Knutt (Actor) Thong Jiamin (Actor) Vinna Law (Producer & Co Director)
Vinna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Cinema from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. She has since been back in Kuala Lumpur to gain experience and to hone her skills as a theatre practitioner. At this point of her life, though she does mainly theatre acting and directing, she sees herself more as a “creator” and wants to free herself from all labels. She was most recently seen in theatrethreesixty’s “The Pillowman” and IM Entertainment’s “The Retreat”. After accepting an offer to pursue an MA in Acting at the East 15 Acting School, Vinna will be heading over to the UK this October.
Shane Capri Chin (Co Director) Shane-Capri grew up amongst man made structures and wilderness with the wolves. He found his love for the performing arts on nights by the campfire, where stories, dance and passion snubbed his heart. Growing up, he decided to pursue the performing arts when he and his family moved to Malaysia. He then went on to graduate with a BA in Peforming Arts from the University of Tasmania. Ever since, the flames of his love for the arts have never quelled. He recently took a five-year hiatus from performing to pursue his dream of traveling the world. Coriolanus marks his first performance back on stage after the hiatus.
COLLABORATORS • Media Partner : Centrestage.my • Online Marketing and Support : The Reverie Project MEDIA NOTES For interviews and more information, contact the producer, Vinna Law at email@example.com or +6012 273 3551. USEFUL LINKS Official Website : www.thevscproject.com Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/thevscproject/ Vimeo : https://vimeo.com/user67257252