Niyamah Collective

The Niyamah collective is a group of dynamic funky wild artists devoted to social change. Their backgrounds global, their faces strong. Beginning in 2004, the collective has participated and initiated various Artistic Pieces all over Canada. The intention of the collective is to represent the spiritual aspect of art that expresses the essence of the artist within. As well as to support individuals in finding their creative voice and facilitate the fact that we are all artists.

Through workshops, retreats, events, or performances this group of dancers, musicians, circus performers, Painters and Poets leave a beautiful footprint.

Honouring the indigenous history of canada and the land that we walk on every day.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Upcoming show: I AM- An exploration of a woman's Imagination

The Niyamah Collective presents:

A performance based art piece on the politics of Womanhood

Using Theatre, Dance, Music & Prose to express the "I AM"

Color, Beauty, Monologues, Dance, Prayers, Paint, Song, Poetry, Intensity, Pain, Sex, rites of passage, Lost and found

Tackling the forbidden, the exposed, the vulnerable and the Divine feminine this is a colorful piece you want to see.

Naomi Guzman-Poole

Naomi was born in Athens, Greece. Her mother Penny Poole, a Canadian journalist, and her father Rafael Guzman, a Venezuelan metal artist, brought her to Ontario, Canada in 1987. At a young age, she demonstrated passion and wisdom for social issues. She experimented with alternative media by publishing a monthly periodical at the age of 16. And at 17, she produced fundraising videos for two organizations.
Naomi is a Doula, Dance Facilitator, Yoga teacher & Trained Mediator. She has had a love for art, dance and movement her entire life, and having only just experienced its potential as a healing modality in recent years, she is inspired to hold space for people to journey into their spirit and go deep into the body; to be in discovery.

A published Childrens' Author, documentary film maker, and Artist, Naomi served as Assistant Director for Peace Diviners International; an International NGO supporting grassroots social change initiatives using artistic creative mediums. Served on the board of the Ecclesiax art gallery for 2 years. Practiced Art therapy for people with disabilities through the City of Ottawa As well as Co-founded the Umi Cafe.

Spending the last five years working fairly intensively with Medicine people in South and North America she has a deep love for the earth that she carries with her in all her work as she holds people in the womb. Until recently, for her day job Naomi worked with children at a Holistic Daycare center she started in 2009. She is now recently a fantastic mother of a beautiful young child, Raven.

Jacquie Du Toit 

This multi talented artist has been performing theatre as well as making art from the tender age of 5. Starting off her career as a ballet dancer from the age of 3, she was quickly introduced to the world of theatre, dance and art. Jacqui is from South Africa and has studied at the University of Cape Town where she obtained her B.A degree in Theater. She has starred in numerous performances across the world, in festivals as well as on stage and on the street.She has also starred in South African local television series as well as commecials and films. She has also worked with an African Circus company, as a dancer and acrobat. Now residing in Ottawa with her 16 month year of daughter and Life partner. She is looking forward to collaborating with the Niyamah Collective and expressing her views on life as she has experienced so far. As well as to share stories with and about woman across the world.

Heather Sita Black

A True artist willing to explore through whatever medium she can find. Dance, theatre and music as well as painting and sculpting, Heather tells her story. A powerful Singer Song writer, Heathers main form of expression is through her Music. Her voice unique and strong, she explores herself through her songs and the strum of her guitar.
She has performed throughout Canada in cities such as Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. Gaining inspiration from her travels, whether it be from Central America, or Lanark, she knows how to tell a story. Currently she is the beautiful mother of a little one year old willow. Heather is excited to be writing and performing a dramatic theatrical piece for the upcoming show I AM.

Sarah Wilbond

Sarah Willbond spends her days running a fun loving home daycare with her two children.
As a certified laughter yoga leader she loves to laugh for no reason. She has been performing most of her life singing and dancing all over the Ottawa Valley with her robing minstrel father.
She currently studies with Gabrielle Roth's school of the 5 Rhythms, and is an ecstatic dance addict.  Music and dance are her medicine.

In 2009-10 she ran a weekly dance class called free form evolution. She has lead song and  dance workshops at music festivals and is currently preparing for the Women's Worlds conference here in Ottawa in which she will be singing with a local group: the Womenfolk society. As well as She will also be co hosting an ecstatic dance workshop.

" I'm very excited to be apart of the "I am" experience and delve into the world of the woman and her vision "   -sarah

Elissar Hanna

Elissar began dance at age 3 in Toronto, where dance was an integral part of her family life. She has Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance and spent three years as a professional contemporary dancer in Montreal. Now in Ottawa where her family lives, she has dipped her feet into music and dance performance once again. Currently completing a degree at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, Elissar is elated to find that her spirit is learning how to translate her life teachings into movement, song, and speech in I AM!

Slam Poetress
Moe Clark

Music by

 Erin Saoirse Adair

Heather Sita Black

Boys of Bytown

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The Last Great Party on Earth

The Niyamah collective floods the Ecclesiax Art Gallery with a body painted chakra system. The chakra's sounded the syllable "OM" as the audience entered into the space. A great story was told that night. The story of a dream, the battle between light and dark, the recognition that they are not so different after all, and the story of the birth of the Universe.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Ecstatic Dance
Dunrobin Sonic Gym

Dance when you are broken open, 
Dance if you've torn the bandage off
Dance in the middle of the fighting
Dance in your blood
Dance when you are perfectly free