Sila

©  A. R. Sinclair Photography

©  A. R. Sinclair Photography

 

3W, 4M

The first play of The Arctic CycleSila examines the competing interests  shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Set on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, it follows a climate scientist, an Inuit activist and her daughter, two Canadian Coast Guard officers, an Inuit elder and two polar bears as they see their values challenged and their lives become intricately intertwined. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, Sila features puppetry, spoken word poetry and three different languages (English, French & Inuktitut).  

Productions

Cyrano's Theatre, 2016
University of Oregon, 2015
Underground Railway Theater, a project of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, 2014
University of New Hampshire, 2014

Awards

Woodward International Playwriting Prize, 2014
First Prize, Earth Matters On Stage Ecodrama Festival, 2012
First Prize, Uprising National Playwriting Competition, 2011
Honorable Mention, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, 2011

 
The challenge mastered in “Sila” by the playwright (Chantal Bilodeau), actors and puppets is to involve the audience in each character’s world view so completely that, although we don’t necessarily become their allies, we feel their differing loyalties before we can argue with them.
— Artscope Magazine
Theater goers shouldn’t miss “Sila,” its sublime unfolding is compelling and gives everyone a little room to breathe.
— Anchorage Press