Nylon Zoo with Alisoun Payne



Sat Aug 16, 11:00 AM Family Stage

Sat Aug 16, 2:45 PM Family Stage

Sun Aug 17, 12:20 PM Family Stage Sun Aug 17, 2:30 PM Family Stage

Sun Aug 17, 4:15 PM Family Stage


Ever been inside the belly of a giant magical salmon or frog? Ever munched on magical eucalyptus leaves that transform you into a real-life dancing koala? We have! Join us, The Nylon Zoo, as we enter a fantastical story Zoo-niverse… A place where theatre, costume, dance, music and play allow us to journey to ancient kingdoms, to enchanted realms and to sparkly unicorn playgrounds and back again. Our journey of the imagination is a unique celebration of colour, magic and play that will stay with the young and young-at-heart forevermore. The Nylon Zoo is performance art ensemble that specializes in interactive story activities. They incorporate giant story-telling inflatable creatures, theatre, costume, dance, music, stories and play in presenting fun-filled, magical (and even educational!) experiences at community celebrations of all types.

Alisoun is a Shuswap native and has been a performance artist for 23 years.  After training in Victoria, her dance and aerial career took her to Montreal, where she worked with Les Ballets-Jazz de Montreal, and Le Groupe Apogee: the company of Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown.  Upon coming back to her home province of BC, she continued to work as an independent artist with many Vancouver dance, theatre, film and aerial dance companies. She still lives in Vancouver today, where she teaches dance, yoga and creative movement to playful bodies young and old.

The Nylon Zoo came into her life through owner Angela Brown, who wrote and directed the Voices of the Fraser in which Alisoun was an actor and singer.  Having recently returned from performing in the Adriatic crescent with the Caravan Theatre ship, she is currently promoting her solo dance piece I Be Caribou, choreographed by Victoria choreographer Constance Cooke. Alisoun is delighted to be back in her homeland, and bringing quality children’s entertainment to the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.