7 MAY. 2020 - 7PM (PST) 

This season Creators Lab supports the development of new works by Nyla Carpentier and Léa Roy-Bernatchez. During the last phase of their residency, from April 27 to May 6, both artists will engage in an isolated creation development.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the live streamed show on May 7, 7pm!


Missed the show? Catch the recording here until Sunday, May 10, at 5pm!


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*This is a presentation of works-in-development. We ask our audience to support the artists with respect and care.


You can also follow this page for updates, insights, inspirations, and challenges from artists, between May 1 and May 8! 


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

Told through family and personal stories, poetry, dance and 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 - without setting it on fire.

Dissection of a...Mixed Heritage Woman is a powerful and honest story about identity shared through storytelling, poetry, dance and song by a Vancouver-based, mixed heritage (Tahltan, Kaska, French and Scottish) playwright and performer, Nyla Carpentier.

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French, Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in Vancouver. She is a poet, a powwow dancer and workshop facilitator. Acting highlights: Battle of the Birds (Savage Society), The Flats/Les Flats (Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Cercle Moliere), The Berlin Blues and Ipperwash (The Blyth Theatre Festival), Busted Up: A Yukon Story (Openpit Theatre), God's Lake (Castlereigh Productions). She began her theatre training at the Music, Arts and Drama in Whitehorse, Yukon during her last two years of highschool. The Yukon for her is her second home as she often returns there to visit family, perform at the Adaka Festival and most recently a small tour of the show Busted Up: A Yukon Story. Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage - her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future.


Nico Dicecco is a stage manager, production manager, and sound designer based in Richmond, BC. He has recently stage managed Matriarchs Uprising (O. Dela Arts), Peter Pan Jr. (Children's Theatre of Richmond), Dancing Lessons (Naked Goddess Productions), and The Sea (Slamming Door Collective). Some of his sound design work includes Spine (Backbone Collective), Dancing Lessons (Naked Goddess Productions), and Dissection of a Mixed Heritage Woman (Nyla Carpentier)


(Production Manager)





“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.” 

Moments of Disappearance is an open-hearted movement creation project centred on consciousness, trauma, and resilience through living and creating with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), by Whitehorse-based dance and theatre artist, Léa Roy-Bernatchez, alongside a performance by artist and dancer Pascale Youkali Ménard.

First sketch done in relation to the experience - 2017 - Lea RB

Creative explorations -

2019 - Lea RB

First words in relation to the experience - 2016 - Lea RB

Journaling on the experience -

2017- Lea RB

Creation ideas in connection to the experience - 2018 - Lea RB

Creative explorations -

2018 - Lea RB

Drawing ‘the shape of trauma’ - 2019 - Léa RB

Léa Roy-Bernatchez is a movement artist who was born and grew up in Gaspésie, on unceded Mi’kmaq territory. She identifies as a white Queer woman and also acknowledges her mixed French, Basque, and Mi’kmaq ancestry. Lea graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and has been based in Whitehorse since 2014. She has been presenting in various festivals including Onde de Choc, Theatre in the Bush, Brave New Works and was a performer in Gwaandak Theatre’s Map of the Land, Map of the Stars. In 2016, she participated in the Hemispheric Institute of Arts and Politics Encuentro in Santiago, Chile and in 2019 in the Creative Gesture: Dramaturgy for Dance residency program at the Banff Centre. Lea is into interactive performances, physical theatre, environmental awareness and LGBTQ2S+ activism. In 2016, Lea was in an accident that affected her cognitive abilities and is inspiring this current project.


In those strange and difficult times, lots of us are experiencing a redefinition of our values and priorities. To me, it seems clearer everyday that the land and the dance are powerful medicines. I try to witness dance around and within me everyday. 

On November 17th 2017, I experienced a traumatic brain injury during a performance in Montréal. The isolation, the fear, the pain, the memory loss, the incapacity of dancing as before or to manage my daily life... Those were troubling moments that lasted over a year. The way I dance is different now and it took me a long time to accept it. It changed the way I care for myself and interact with people, and made me somehow more empathetic. Strangely, it seems this pandemic is putting on us a similar kind of pressure and is encouraging a certain consciousness. 


I would say that Léa Roy Bernatchez and I have major things in common;  the Yukon, a passion for dance & the experiences of brain injuries. I'm sincerely grateful that we thrive and heal so beautifully from our injuries. Even though it's inexplicably different now, it's a privilege to be able to dance again.

Thank you to Lea, Gwaandak Theatre & the Yukon’s artistic community to support this project, it helps me gain more confidence in my post-healing dance practice. It also seems to create a needed place and caring community for people to share their experiences of TBI within the Yukon.




Gwaandak Theatre acknowledges

with deep gratitude that we are on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch'än Council, and that we live, create and benefit within this territory.

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