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Helena Sampayo

Freelance Writer

Location icon United Kingdom

Performance is ephemeral. Occupying a single moment and disappearing into the next, it's a fleeting moment in time. Performance is bodies in space, existing in technology, memories, and in writing. It is political. It shifts and subverts. Rewires and rewrites. Reclaims and re-positions our place in this world, in its history and its future.

Recently graduating from the University of Sussex with a First-Class Honours in Drama, Theatre and Performance (BA), I have acquired writing skills that set me apart from other graduates. Consistently achieving Firsts or 2:1s, I have successfully engaged with creative, critical and performative writing styles to carry nuanced arguments and tell compelling stories. I am able to translate problems to page, evocatively conjuring up its essence to sell my point and bring readers into solutions.

I want to show you how words on a page can perform. I want to utilise my skills and implement creative, informative and entertaining storytelling into tasks, projects, and campaigns.

Portfolio

Content and Journalistic

Global Student Living
08/05/2019
Helena Sampayo, Author at Global Student Living

Around the world, students are met with an abundance of challenges when completing higher education. From the mental health crisis to invisible funding schemes, Helena Sampayo explores the prevalent student issues shaping student living.

Global Student Living: Article
09/20/2019
Gun culture and US colleges: a turbulent relationship

Students have been targeted in some of the most devastating mass shootings in US history, from Virginia Tech to Isla Vista. Helena Sampayo explores guns on campus: students' attitudes towards them, why male students are so frequently the perpetrators, and some of the proposed solutions to the problem.

Analytical and Academic

Independent Research Project: Dissertation (Snippet)
05/16/2019
CHIMERA | CH1M3RX

'I meant, where are you really from?': The Politics of Otherworldliness in FKA twigs's M3LL155X (2015) explores how twigs invites for and escapes from hegemonic pop-cultural readings of her body through otherworldly performances. 'CHIMERA CH1M3RX' analyses 'Figure 8', twigs's first otherworldly performance in M3LL155X. It explores the socio-structural problematics surrounding older femininity and twigs's chimeric reclamation of feminine abjection.

Independent Research Project: Dissertation (Snippet)
05/16/2019
CYBORG | CYB0RG

'I meant, where are you really from?': The Politics of Otherworldliness in FKA twigs's M3LL155X (2015) explores how twigs invites for and escapes from hegemonic pop-cultural readings of her body through otherworldly performances. 'CYBORG CYB0RG' analyses 'I'm Your Doll', twigs's second otherworldly performance in M3LL155X. It explores the socio-structural relationship between the white gaze and twigs's cyborg language; her pink plastic body and technological 'Exoticness'.

Independent Research Project: Dissertation (Snippet)
05/16/2019
ALIEN | XL13N

'I meant, where are you really from?': The Politics of Otherworldliness in FKA twigs's M3LL155X (2015) explores how twigs invites for and escapes from hegemonic pop-cultural readings of her body through otherworldly performances. 'ALIEN XL13N' analyses 'In Time', twigs's third otherworldly performance in M3LL155X. It explores how twigs's extra-terrestrial shapeshifter embodiment reclaims WOC's place in the black expressive culture of hip hop and its white appropriation of it.

Dramatic

Writing for Theatre: Performance Piece
05/17/2018
Aaron.

She watched him grow. They told her she'd done a good job. She used to say, he has his eyes but not his temper. 'Aaron.' is about violence. The aftermath of one boy becoming everything he was taught to fear, detest and avoid.

Writing for Theatre: Portfolio Piece
05/30/2018
Give life to your old Kitchen

What's left of a mother without her three little ducks? 'Give life to your old Kitchen' is a short character piece on guilt, maternity, and cleaning.

Performative

Theatre and Performance Analysis: Essay
05/23/2017
Remembering Rhythm 0

When performance artist Marina Abramovic performed Rhythm 0 to an audience in Naples, 1974, she nearly lost her life. 'Remembering Rhythm 0' is a monologue, written to explore how something as ephemeral as a live performance might be preserved and to what ends.

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