Nyla Carpentier, of Tahltan and Kaska First Nations decent, is a multifaceted artist. She was recently Assistant Director on Hardline Productions’ Redpatch; 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.
Also a Powwow dancer, she first started to dance at the Odawa Powwow in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. She started off as a traditional dancer though quickly found that the high energy of the fancy shawl suited her best. Now with 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.
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