parade of life

Paula Jardine

The focus of Paula Jardine’s work has been to revive and redefine community arts and the artist's role in the community. Her work explores and cultivates cultural forms that celebrate and connect us to each other, the land, and natural cycles.

Paula’s training background is in dance, theatre and writing, with an emphasis on Canadian History and Folk Traditions in ritual and seasonal celebrations.

Her work in outdoor spectacle theatre and celebration was the foundation of the Public Dreams Society, including the initiation of the Illuminares Evening Lantern Procession, and the Parade of the Lost Souls.

Since 2005 Paula has been artist in residence at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, creating the annual All Souls event with long time collaborator Marina Szijarto. She is also artist in residence at Royal Oak Burial Park.

Now living on Vancouver Island, where she continues to explore her role as an artist in her community, Paula is committed to work that honours wild salmon, and is an active volunteer in her Victoria neighbourhood of James Bay.

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