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Creators Lab 2019

Dissection of a Indian Aboriginal First Nation Indigenous Native Status Full-Blood Non-Status Halfbreed Métis Rez Urban Mixed Heritage Woman, by Nyla Carpentier

Photo Credit: Andi McLeish

Which part belongs to who? 

Told through family and personal stories, poetry, dance and a bit of song. One woman tries to find out who she is and where her mixed heritage is pulling her. Unraveling and weaving together her experiences to figure out how to fit within society and not set it on fire. 

Nyla Carpentier brings this new show to the Victoria Fringe Festival from Aug. 22-30, as part of Intrepid Theatre’s YOU Show for emerging artists creating new works in development and the Fringe Indigenous Artist Program, and to the Vancouver Fringe Festival from Sept. 6-10.

As part of ongoing support, Gwaandak Theatre hosts a play development workshop with Carpentier in Whitehorse in spring 2020.

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French and Scottish) is a multifaceted artist. She was the Assistant Director on Hardline Productions’ Redpatch in 2016 and 2017; she directed May’s Rock at Here Be Monsters, Rattlesnake Run at Walking Fish, Variations on the Death of Trotsky; and is currently co-directing SPAWN at the rEvolver Festival. Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage, her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future. In the fall of 2013, she debuted her first one act play 21st Century Tricksters at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and in 2014 she created a powwow based dance piece Equating Echoes with musician David Newberry for Brief Encounters 21. As an actor she’s toured in Axis Theatre’s Raven meets the Monkey King, recently finished performing both the English and French version of The Flats/Les Flats with Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Cercle Moliere, The Berlin Blues and Ipperwash at the Blyth Festival, Busted Up: A Yukon Story with Openpit Theatre and Casterlereigh’s production of God’s Lake. Also a Powwow dancer, she first started to dance at the Odawa Powwow in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. Now with over 30 years of experience she also teaches the various powwow styles, sharing the dance steps and the history. In 2011, in partnership with Raven Spirit Dance Company, Nyla started the popular Powwow Bootcamp, and recently has begun to share her poetry at Slam competitions and facilitating poetry/dance/theatre workshops in schools. Up next, Nyla will be premiering her new solo show Dissection of a Indian Aboriginal First Nation Indigenous Native Status Full-Blood Non-Status Halfbreed Métis Rez Urban Mixed Heritage Woman at the Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festival. 



Moments of Disappearance, Created by Léa Roy Bernatchez


“If I tried to explain in words I would say something like: There was an explosion, and then the world went fast forward. All of it but me.”

A dance theatre project exploring states of consciousness and empathy through the lens of experience of a traumatic brain injury.

Roy Bernatchez and performer Youkali Pascale Abigor spent several days in the studio, at both The Guild Hall and The Old Fire Hall. Roy Bernatchez and Gwaandak Theatre thank the @YAC Residency, Canada Council for the Arts, Yukon Tourism and Culture and the Guild Hall. And to Elisabeth Pilon and Marjorie Logue for the insight and discussions, Jona Barr for the music, Patrick Matheson for lighting, Kasey Rae at the Fire Hall, videographer Brett Elliott, and Youkali Pascale Abigor for the performing, insight, generosity and awesome energy in this project. We’ll keep you posted as this project develops.


Léa Roy Bernatchez was born on Mi’kma’ki, unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq nation. She recognizes her french-settler education and being brought up in a position of privilege while acknowledging her French, Basque, and Mi’kmaq ancestry. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and has been based in Whitehorse since 2014. In 2016, she participated in the Hemispheric Institute of Arts and Politics Encuentro in Santiago, Chile and in 2019 she participated in The Creative Gesture – a dramaturgy for dance program at the Banff Centre. Her main passion revolves around arts creation and social justice, and she allows a special importance to LGBTQ2S+ rights and visibility. In 2016, Lea was in an accident that transformed her cognitive abilities and since then inspires her artistic explorations.