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ABOUT CANDY

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Candy Roberts is a Canadian theatre artist and fifth-generation European-Canadian settler based on the Unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səlílwətaɬ(Tsleil- Waututh), and xwməθkwəyəm (Musqueam) territories, also known as Vancouver, BC. 

 

Her original works encompass physical theatre, music, and clown to investigate the humor and heartbreak of our social and human conditions. As a somatic practitioner and an avid researcher of creativity, her works explore the connections between self-expression, mental health, and community. 


Her international touring shows include an award-winning solo show; LARRY, a “daring, provocative and hilarious” gender-bending feminist comedy, IDEAS BOBERT, a ridiculous family comedy in the likes of Charlie Chaplin and OOPSIE, a physical comedy about the ART OF FAILURE!

 

She is also the Artistic Director of CANDY BONES THEATRE an innovative Theatre for Young Audiences company which devises and tours immersive, and original theatre for young audiences. 

For Candy, art is not just a practice it is a way of life. She creates hilarious and magical multimedia theatre productions and assists people who desire support in connecting with their own creative sparks. In 2014 she received the Mayor's Arts Award for her work in community building through creativity. This program was implemented within the BC health system for folks in recovery with addiction and mental health issues.

 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”- Pablo Picasso.

 

Candy has been making art for as long as she can remember. As a child, she would make costumes and fashions from toilet paper and would direct original plays that involved the reluctant neighborhood kids. Sound familiar? Perhaps you did this as well? Now, 20 years later, along with her solo theatre works, Candy continues to make costumes and sculptures from plastic bags and tin-cans as well as original song and dance numbers with the ever charming, critically-acclaimed Myrtle Sisters.

 

She considers her work to be interdisciplinary compost modernism that joyfully embraces the art of clowning. Don’t let that clown word fool you, she claims to never have worn a red nose, and does not know how to juggle. The practice of clowning for Candy involves a deep exploration of what it means to be human and an investigation of our personal connection with ourselves, our environment and with others. What is it like to make eye contact and not have to prove or show anything? What is it like to see another human seeing you see them see you see them see you see them? Clown training involves intense physical and emotional awareness development as well as a strength building that allows the practitioner to share the raw and vulnerable state of just *being human*.  As these skills are cultivated, further inner exploration is encouraged. What is it about yourself, our society or our environments that is important to you? What is it that irks you? Delights you? Confounds you? What is it about having a body that is that compelling? What is it like to be you?

Charlie Chaplin once said: “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it”.

Through the art of clown, Candice learned how to explore her sadness, fear and anxiety and to transform them into characters that in turn create and inhabit their own worlds. Some of her characters were born of neurosis, disappointment, and family upbringing and they are as delightfully awkward as they are loveable. As extreme and outrageous characters they become universal archetypes that are relatable and uproariously funny. Why? Because they are true.

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Making The Crone Cool Again. 

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A daring and comedic piece about one dude’s hilarious attempt at self-improvement

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"Unexpected Theatre for the Young at Heart!"

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"A Heart-Fluttering Physical Comedy!"

PRODUCTIONS

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

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CONTACT

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