Dance and ballet

1707 From Popocatépetl to Salt Spring

A Dancer’s Pilgrimage by Lolla Devindisch Salt Spring Island: Rainbow Publishers & Invocation Press, 2022 $20.00 / 9781778160301 Reviewed by Wendy Judith Cutler * I was born beside the smouldering flames of the Mexican volcano Popocatépetl (p. 9). This was how eight-year-old Lolla Devindisch began her memoir at the time. Decades later she returned to her…
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1062 Pepper’s ballet and dance

Falling into Flight: A Memoir of Life and Dance by Kaija Pepper Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2020 $19.95 / 9781773240831 Reviewed by Maria Tippett * In the early 1930s two dancers from British Columbia were invited to join the corps de ballet of Basil’s famous Ballets Russes. The offer came with one condition: Patricia Meyers from…
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#673 Catalyst of creative fantasy

Susan Benson: Art, Design and Craft on Stage by Patricia Flood Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 2019 $35.00 / 9780228101772 Reviewed by Celia Duthie * Susan Benson has had a charmed career. For over forty years, as a theatre designer and costumer for stage productions in England and North America, she has been a mistress…
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#148 Pacific Theatre almost homeless

ESSAY: Theatre in Vancouver Today: A Paradox by Carol Volkart First published July 8, 2017 * Everything about the Pacific Theatre is modest — from the low-ceilinged lobby with its island of couches around a coffee table, to its urns of self-serve coffee (regular or decaf), to its 128-seat alley-style theatre where a spectator who…
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