parade of life

Paula Jardine


The term Public Dreams came from Joseph Campbell, who described dreams as private myths, and myths as public dreams. It was part of the title for one of my early shows in Edmonton, the Walking Tour.

I met Leslie Fiddler, who had just finished the arts administration course at Grant McKewan College, during Universiade in 1983. She produced the The Snow Queen that winter, and at that time we had agreed that I should move to Vancouver and start a company with her, but it took the coming of Expo to make it happen.
We formed the Public Dreams Society in 1985 along with Dolly Hopkins, who we had also met during Universiade.

During my time as artistic director we initiated Illuminares Evening Lantern Procession, and Parade of the Lost Souls.
I left the company in 1995.