Elizabeth de Roza is an artist-researcher/educator, performance maker, theatre director, a multi-disciplinary performance artist, creative collaborator and theatre academic based in Singapore. Her work draws from contemporary performance practices on notions of hybridity, interactivity, cross-disciplinary+cultural art and collaboration. Her training in performance-making, draws from traditional Asian theatrical training/performing methods, martial arts (kalaripayattu) and contemporary art practices.
She was inspired to research and experiment with various Asian theatrical training/performing methods by the late William Teo, Artistic Director and Founder of Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre (Singapore). She worked extensively under the late William Teo till his passing in 2001 and credits her formative years in creating inter/cross cultural performances to him.
She was an Associate Artist of The Substation from 2001 to 2011 and under the Associate Artist scheme of The Substation. (www.substation,org), she was able to develop her artistic research on embodied memory and refine her approaches to inter/cross cultural performance making. This led her to create these cross cultural solo performances: Suria (2002), Innocence (2003) , Landscapes (2004) and Still Flight (2005), which was also presented at the 2005 Magdalena USA Festival in Rhode Island.
In 2003 with the continuous support of The Substation and the National Arts Council (Singapore) she was able to attend several performance workshops at the Centre of Performance Research in Aberystwyth led by international renowned artists such as Goat Island, La Pocha Rostra and several others. It was here that she first met Phillip Zarrilli and was introduced to the South Indian Martial Arts, Kalaripayattu. This encounter led to her continuous pursuit in the practice of Kalaripayattu as a methodology of working with the body and as a tool for somatic expressions.
Her curiosity in cross-disciplinary works led her to pursue a MA (Fine Arts) at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore). Her research focussed on issues of the body in space and cross overs between performance and performance arts whilst redefining performance installations. After completing her MA(Fine Arts) in 2008, she presented a performance installation Unwritten as part of Real Presence in Belgrade, Serbia. The same year, she attended and presented a performance lecture The Karang Guni Man Imagines Utopia at the 15th PSI (2009) in Zagreb, Croatia with 2 other Singaporeans.
She formed TheatreStrays (2008-2013) a physical/sensory performance research (training) group creating intimate, sensorial, physical, inter-medial, non-linear performances in un-conventional spaces. Here, she was able to developed her methodology for actors-training using Kalaripayattu as the spine for somatic experiential awareness. She calls this method soft-fireworks and continues to use this as a tool for devising collaborative cross-disciplinary performances. The group have since presented 3 interactive site-specific performances in Singapore such as Lower Depths@65 Kerbau Road by Gorky, What the Dog Knows inspired by Inesco and Paper Boat. Paper Boat - which deals with memories was first premiered in Myanmar, performed in Brazil, in Singapore as part of The Esplanade's Studio Series, ArtScience Museum (Singapore), in Berlin (Germany) at Platoon Kunsthalle as part of Vernissage:Initimate Moments - as an Interdisciplinary Art Exchange in Intimate Moments produced by Belarmino&Partners.
She has also been commissioned and invited to present her works at various international contemporary arts festival. She has presented her research on developing cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performances and performance methodologies at international conferences and workshops. Over the years she has also collaborated with various international performance groups creating works that are cross-disciplinary, inter-cross cultural and 'beyond borders'. One such work was her collaboration with two Mexican Artists on a physical piece ReInventing Sita. This was supported by the Singapore International Foundation and the Cultural Embassy of Mexico and was presented in two festivals in Mexico, Cervantino International Festival and Caminos Teatrales 7 in 2011 and then here in Singapore. The work was mentioned in SIF inaugural launch of Diversities (www.sif.org/story_details).
She is currently pursuing her Phd at Goldsmiths University on the embodied cultural memory and the contemporary body in cross-cultural performance practices and is a full-time lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts, School of Dance and Theatre in the Faculty of Performing Arts.
Past Performances (Local and International)
June 2016: Landscaping a personal myth - Presented as part of Faculty Performing Arts Performance Lab series May 2016 and part of Transit 8 Festival, Beauty as a weapon - Theatre, Women, Conflict, Odin Teatre (Denmark) - Director
June 2014: other/s – a country directing country project – Upstairs theatre, Paradise Factory – Planet Theatre Connections Festivity, New York - Director
April 2014: other/s – a country directing country project – Esplanade Studio series: RAW at the Esplanade studio
December 2013 : Paper Boat - a movement piece – A New Direction International Performing Arts festival. Sri Lanka - Performer and Collaborator
November 2013: Country Directing Country – a cross-cultural exchange between Singapore and NYC – at the LA MAMA experimental theatre (NYC) - Director
June 2013: Paper Boat- Vernissage: Intimate Moments – An interdisciplinary Art Exchange Project Platoon Kunsthalle – Berlin (Germany) - Performer and Collaborator
May 2013: Relooking at Regina – cross disciplined work – part installation, part dance. The Substation. Singapore. (Performer and Collaborator)
Nov 2012: Reinventing Sita – TheatreStrays(Singapore) and Treatro Kaipatos(Mexico). Sculpture Square. Singapore. Director and Performer.
April 2012 : Paper Boat – performance installation – ArtScience Museum.Singapore. Performer
August 2011: Paper Boat – performance installation – TheatreStrays. Esplanade Theatre Studios. Singapore. Performer and Collaborator
July 2011: Reinventing SITA – a cross-cultural performance between Mexico and Singapore, supported by the Mexican Cultural Government and Singapore International Foundation. Cervatino International Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico. Performer and Collaborator
February 2011: What the Dog Knows. Interactive theatre performance. The Substation, Singapore.Devised with TheatreStrays & Shelly Quick
November 2010: Untitled – Performance with Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Graey Festival – Singapore. The Substation. Performer and Collaborator
September 2009: Performance exchange & dialogue with Pro Radopi (Bulgaria) – as part of The Substation’s Septfest
August 2009: Curry Devil – Odin teatre, Denmark. Self-written, multi-media performance in collaboration with Alvin Tan- as Transit VI International theatre festival
July 2009: The Karang Guni Man imagines Utopia – a performance lecture Performance Studies International 15 at Zagreb, Croatia
September 2008: Curry Devil – The Substation, Singapore. Self-written, multi-media performance in collaboration with Alvin Tan. A commissioned work for The Substation’s SeptFest.
August 2008: Un-written – Real Presence, Belgrade, Serbia. Site-specific performance installation with visual artist Laura Soon.
January 2008: Still Flight (v.3) – Magdalena Sin Fronteras II, Santa Clara, Cuba. Self-devised monologue & work demonstration.
July 2006: Palettes of Desire – Crossroads International Festival of Women in Contemporary Theatre, Singapore. Conceptualised and directed a devised physical theatre piece.
August 2005: Still Flight – Magdalena USA – International Festival of Women in Contemporary Theatre, Rhode Island, USA. Performer, director and designer.
February 2005: How to Peace – M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. The Glass Gallery, The Arts House. Singapore. Performer & Collaborator.
December 2004: Still Flight (v.1) – The Substation, Singapore. Performer, director and designer.
July 2004: 3 Men Meet 3 Women – The Substation, Singapore. Actor. Script by Verena Tay, directed by Sonny Lim. A Substation production.
December 2003: Vertigo – The Substation, Singapore. Conceptualized, performed and directed a multi-media performance.
July 2003: The Royal Hunt of the Sun – The Substation Garden, Singapore. Movement director. Script by Peter Schaffer. A World-in-theatre production
January 2002: Innocence – The Substation, Singapore. Conceptualized, performed, designed and directed a multi-media performance.
September 2001: Maya – The Substation, Singapore. Directed, designed and performed a collaborative movement piece.
May 2001: Suria – The Substation, Singapore. First solo movement performance, directed & performed.
2000, October: Under the Last Dust, Victoria Theatre, Singapore. The Necessary Stage - Actor
2000, December: Sita, The Substation Garden, Singapore- Directed, designed and performed a site-specific theatre production. Script by Sonny Lim. An Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre production
1999, December: History will teach us nothing, The Substation, Singapore. conceptualized, designed and co-directed a multi-media performance. Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre. (Singapore)
1999, October: Exodus, Gay World Stadium, Singapore. Actor. Directed by Jean Ng. TheNecessary Stage.
1999, October: L’Expression Corporelle. Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre. Conceptualised, designed and performed first solo movement piece. Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre
1999, September: If they should come in the night, Berlin Ghost Festival at Tacheles Arts Centre, Berlin and at Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. Designer (Sound & Video). Script by Sonny Lim, directed by the late William Teo.Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre
1998, August: The Gateless Gate, Jahangar University, Bangladesh and The Substation, Singapore. Researcher & actors’ trainer
1998, July: The Elusive Songbird, The Substation, Singapore- Director. Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre’s platform for new directors : Nouvelle Scenes
1997, November: The Sunflower, Drama Centre and Fort Canning Park, Singapore. Actor. Directed by William Teo. Asia-in-Theatre Research Centre
Community Engagement Projects:
2012 – 2103 Singapore Portraits – New Immigrants and New Citizens. (Producer / Director) touring the various heartlands in Singapore.
Arts Education Projects:
2003 Kranji Secondary School. Singapore (Drama instructor/Director)
2003 - 1997 Unity Secondary School, Singapore(Creative drama program - facilitator)
Dazhong Primary School, Singapore. Facilitator.
Upper Serangoon Secondary School, Singapore. Facilitator
Anderson Junior College, Singapore. Arts Enrichment program
Rulang PrimarySchool, Singapore. Drama Workshop Facilitator
East View Secondary School. Singapore. Development through Drama
Programme - Facilitator
Down’s Syndrome Association, Singapore. Drama Skills Facilitator
2002 Burnley Youth Theatre, Lancashire, UK. Artist-in-Residence.
Conducted theatre workshops to over 600 young people all over North Lancashire incorporating Asian theatre training methods using traditional masks and Kalaripayattu.
1999 to 2001 Zing! Theatre (Australia/ Singapore)
A Physical Theatre project touring schools and communities.
1997 – 1999 Alliance Franchise, Bangladesh. Theatre-Making Workshop Facilitator.
Jahangar University, Bangladesh. Theatre-Making Workshop Facilitator
Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Performance Training Workshop on Asian
Theatre - Facilitator