“I'm proud of Indonesian theatre; hopefully people will become more enthusiastic and support local works in theatre. I also hope more people from the younger generation will become involved in theatre, not only in television and movies, and that there will be an even bigger place and new media to accommodate local talents.” - Chelsea Islan, the Jakarta Post Interview, Friday, August 5, 2016.
Theatre is indeed a part of performance art, yet it follows a different aesthetic, and for Chelsea Islan, theatre is a mix of moving art and emotion, compelled to tell a story.
Art is universal. Art deems to cross borders and boundaries. Crospassing countries and limitless through all range of age and colours. The best art inspires wonder, and borderless art evokes emotion.
Art Unites, Embraces Diversity, and Transcends All Borders
Chelsea Elizabeth Islan is an Indonesian motion-picture actress who has been actively involved with numerous art and youth movements. Born June 2nd 1995 in New York, Chelsea cultivates her love for theatre long before entering the Indonesian cinematic industry. Her passion for theatrical art began to grow since her elementary years. Before all the glimpse and glamour of the entertainment world, her first role was actually from her school theatre show, "Once on This Island", a story which is based on the mythology of Greek Gods.
She recalled her favourite theatrical experience during her high school days in 2010 when she played as Marty in the musical theatre “Grease”. And she had been involved in many stage performances ever since.
Noted for her portrayals of lively and strong-willed characters in her movies, as well as her appearance in numerous other theatrical performances, Chelsea has also been vocal about art and youth movement. On October 28th, 2016, Chelsea and a couple of her friends established a youth community called "Youth of Indonesia". Not only that, but her fondness for the art sector also drives her to make #SenimanMudaBerkarya or roughly translated as “Young Artists Movement”.
And with #SenimanMudaBerkarya movement, Chelsea wants to create a change for young artists from various backgrounds to be able to showcase their potential. No matter their creed, race, culture or style, #SenimanMudaBerkarya aims to fulfil the need spark of the youth artists and to give them a platform to exhibit their talent, with as simple as an Instagram post, connected through a hashtag Chelsea creates.
Art unites, embraces diversity, and transcends all borders. This is why through art we can impact the lives of others. With #SenimanMudaBerkarya, all aspiring artists are invited to participate regardless of their limitations. With one single post, each of these artists able to create a chain reaction to spark the creativity of the others and elevate their productivity.
Don’t forget to watch The People of Asia IG Live with Chelsea Islan from @thepeopleofasia Instagram account, and join the discussion to explore how art impacts our lives this Friday, with @chelseaislan at 4 PM (JKT/BKK) | 5 PM (KL/SG).