© 2020 Nalo Soyini Design

Montreal-based artist, scenic, costume, prop and interior designer of Caribbean origin. My mission is to express underlying historical, cultural and psychological dimensions of stories in the world of visual art and performance through colour relationships, textured surfaces and varied materials. As scenic elements are introduced or reoriented, or as outer and inner layers of costumes are revealed, the viewer discovers the deeper layers of people, places and things.

Arts Club Theatre Production postponed due to Covid-19 Pandemic

A RESONANT MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF WOMEN OF COLOUR

“If you want to know about a woman, touch her hair.” At Novelette’s Toronto salon, captivating stories untangle as eight distinctive women narrate their lives with honesty, humour, and joy. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, ’da Kink in my Hair is a musical testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary Black women.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Starring
  1. Celia Aloma as Stacey-Anne

  2. Jenni Burke as Miss Enid

  3. Lossen Chambers as Patsy

  4. Paige Fraser as Suzy

  5. Dawn Pemberton as Nia

  6. Monice Peter as Sherelle

  7. Katrina Reynolds as Sharmaine

  8. Nadine Roden as Novelette

Creative Team
  1. Ray Hogg Director

  2. Caitlin Hayes Music Director

  3. Kevin McAllister Set Designer

  4. Nalo Soyini Bruce Costume Designer

  5. Itai Erdal Lighting Designer

  6. Kate DeLorme Sound Designer

  7. Pamela Jakobs Stage Manager

  8. April Starr Land Assistant Stage Manager


Production cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic

ZOM-FAM is an intimate solo performance by Kama La Mackerel that combines poetry, storytelling and dance. At once personal and political, ZOM-FAM (meaning “man-woman” in Mauritian Kreol) narrates the story of a gender-creative child growing up in the 80s and 90s on the plantation island of Mauritius. Multiply-voiced and imbued with complex storytelling, ZOM-FAM interweaves narratives that bring together ancestral voices, femme tongues, broken colonial languages and a tender queer subjectivity, all of which are grappling with the legacy of plantation servitude. ⠀


Solo intimiste de Kama La Mackerel, ZOM-FAM, combine poésie, conte et danse. À la fois personnel et politique, ZOM-FAM (qui signifie « homme-femme » en kreol mauricien) est le récit d’un·e enfant transgenre vivant sur une plantation de canne à sucre à l’île Maurice pendant les années 1980-90. Maniant une multitude de voix et imprégnée d’une narration complexe, ZOM-FAM mêle invocations ancestrales, langues maternelles, débris de langages coloniaux et une subjectivité queer et délicate, dans un contexte d’esclavage et d’engagisme.


Shots from the workroom:

Credits in Kama's beautiful words:

"Mathieu Leroux- dramaturge extraordinaire, attentive reader of languages beyond wordsJon Cleveland- magic maker, multi-dimensional creator, technical geniusNalo Soyini- visionary with fingers of a fairy that turns everything into goldEvan Stepanian- talented composer, creator of worlds with the ears of sorcererAndrew Tay- divine mover & shaker, dedicated community-worker & remarkable choreographer who breathed life back into my dancing bodyMichael Fanfan- gifted visionary with a heart of goldSophie Gee- mentor with eyes that wash away illusionsJosh Marchesini- superstar assistant, stage manager, production manager who is always willing to take a risk to learn, to grow, to become."

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Production postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.


From the Sun to Moon will be the first work presented at Luna, by Vanesa G.R Montoya. This rich and dense contemporary ballet relates the coexistence of multiple realities in this world, producing at one and the same time great difficulties, constant struggle and limitless hope.


Here are some shots of one of the props I designed for the show. Honourable mention and thanks to Simon Beetschen, Technical Director.

FROM THE SUN TO THE MOON CREATIVE TEAM:


  • CHOREOGRAPHER VANESA GARCIA-RIBALA MONTOYA

  • MUSIC DYAOULÉ PEMBA, MOONLIGHT BENJAMIN, TOTO BISSAINTHE

  • COSTUMES VIVIANA GARCIA, NAHIMA KHALFAOUI, VINCENT LA KUACH

  • SCENOGRAPHY NALO SOYINI BRUCE

  • PROJECTIONS CHOPIN JOSEPH

  • LIGHTING MARC PARENT


Pictures of dancers in rehearsal by Sasha Onyshchenko

Pictured dancers above from left to right:

  • Célestin Boutin, Vanesa G.R. Montoya

  • Tatiana Lerebours

  • Anna Ishii

  • André Santos

  • Hamilton Nieh , André Santos, Etienne Gagnon-Delorme

  • André Santos, Hamilton Nieh


Full Cast:

DU SOLEIL À LA LUNE Julia Bergua, Esabelle Chen, Kiara Felder, Emily He, Anna Ishii, Tatiana Lerebours, Sahra Maira, Tetyana Martyanova, Vanesa G.R. Montoya, Yui Sugawara, Eléonore Thomas, Raphaël Bouchard, Célestin Boutin, Giuseppe Canale, Matthew Cluff, Jean-Sébastien Couture, Roddy Doble, Étienne Gagnon-Delorme, Jordan Faye, Jérémy Galdeano, James Lyttle, Melih Mertel, Hamilton Nieh, Esnel Ramos, Stefano Russiello, André Santos, Stephen Satterfield

Julia Bergua, Mai Kono, Yi Li Law, Tatiana Lerebours, Eline Malègue, Tetyana Martyanova, Vanesa G.R. Montoya, Yui Sugawara, Eléonore Thomas, Célestin Boutin, Giuseppe Canale, Matthew Cluff, Jean-Sébastien Couture, Étienne Gagnon-Delorme, Jordan Faye, Graeme Fuhrman, Jérémy Galdeano, Nicholas Jones, James Lyttle, Melih Mertel, Hamilton Nieh, Esnel Ramos, Stefano Russiello, André Santos