Crisèn Schorea is a movement all her own in the art world of Curaçao. She is a triple threat as she has acted in many productions, published her writings, and is now venturing into the music world.
Here is her story:
Born Crisèn Elise Schorea (1975) in Curaçao, Crisèn is the middle child of three children. Her mother used to be a medical assistant and her father used to be an engineer at the island’s oil refinery. She grew up in Julianadorp and is now actually a sociologist by profession at the Curaçaoan Kas di Kultura (Culture House) in the Information and Investigation department, having obtained her Sociology degree from the Rijksuniversiteit in Groningen in The Netherlands. She had an affinity with the performing arts from a very young age and this stemmed from her ease at expressing herself, her skill at observation and a maturity beyond her years.
Her parents noticed these qualities and signed her up for different extra-curricular activities, such as Scouting and Jazz Ballet. She proved to be a prodigy at school too, completing the Goilo elementary school and the VWO level at the Maria Immaculate Lyceum (MIL) secondary school with excellent grades. After finishing secondary school she made the decision to go study in Holland.
After her time in The Netherlands, where at one point she was a member of a Curaçaoan folkloric dance group, she returned to Curaçao and started working as a floor manager at the then newly founded Teatro Luna Blou (Blue Moon Theater). It was a job that entailed many errands but she was happy to do them all just to be involved in the art world.
Not too long after this she also became involved in the Living History segment of the slavery museum Kura Hulanda in which she was part of an ensemble cast that acted out scenes of this part of Curaçaoan history on stage. Soon there followed more acting gigs. Crisèn went on to act in many plays and musicals on the island such as “Den Nòmber di Tata”, “Wij Verlangen Naar Zijn Vrijheid” and “Na Pechu”.
During her time in The Netherlands she also continued to write many poems, something which she had begun to do from a very young age in Curaçao, but chose to keep them to herself, waiting for the opportune moment to publish them. That moment came in December of 2016 when she published a book of poetry in Curaçao titled “Sinti Mi Sintí”.
A loose translation of the title reads “Feel my feelings” but it can also mean “Feel my thoughts” as in Papiementu the noun Sintí can mean both feelings and the brain (thoughts). This was a deliberate play on words as in her poems she expresses her feelings but also explains her thoughts on various subjects and her own feelings from a rational point of view.
In addition to her time dancing and writing poems in the Netherlands, she had also written a few songs, which she also kept to herself. But she had always had a talent for singing and on her 40th birthday she decided to take the first tentative steps in the direction of making a name for herself in the music world by bringing a group of young musicians together to give a private musical performance for her friends and family. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
This gave her encouragement to continue to pursue this endeavor and she has since graced the stage on several occasions, among which during Maduro & Curiel Bank’s grand centennial celebrations in December of 2016. These performances gained her a bit of a following but she has yet to receive mainstream attention. Until now.
In November she released her first single “Súplika Di Namorada”, which Crisèn classifies as Reggae Krioyo, and it is the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect from this multifaceted artist. Her latest single Desahogo, a Tambú Telelele. Her first studio album will feature Ballads, Salsa, Kizomba, Tambú and Ritmo Kombiná, among other genres, and is set to be released in early 2018. As you may have noticed there are many rhythms on the album to make you move your feet but Crisèn’s main focus is to move you with the lyrics, to make you connect with the content of her songs.
In addition to the singing bug, the acting bug is also still alive and kicking within her as she is writing a theater play, plans on doing a one-woman show (in which her singing talent will also be on display) and still fosters a profound hope that she will one day act in a scene with the Curaçaoan immortal acting legend Rina Penso.
So there is a lot to look forward to in the acting arena from the artistic triple threat Crisèn Schorea but for now enjoy her musical brilliance on Skempi.