Press Release Fairytale Performance

Unique artistic collaboration comes to West Vancouver

November 12, 2019, unceded ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations/North Vancouver, B.C. – The Cascadia Society and the Vancouver Waldorf School (VWS) are set to come together for a unique artistic collaboration between children and people with special needs. Students in grades 4, 8 and 9 at VWS will perform Bees & Trees, A Fairytale Performance with companions from The Cascadia Society on November 28, 2019, at the Kay Meek Theatre in West Vancouver.

The performance will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Waldorf Education around the world and will feature storytelling, live music, brightly coloured handmade silk costumes and eurythmy – an expressive movement art developed by Rudolf Steiner and Marie von Sivers in the early 20th century.

“The companions have been working hard to give this cultural gift to the community and we are so pleased to be able to collaborate with VWS again this year,” said Ruth Tschannen, Artistic Director at The Cascadia Society. “It really is a unique and special event.”

The heart of the performance is the fairy tale The Queen Bee and the theme of Bees & Trees has been chosen to reflect the concern being shown by many young people, including VWS students, for the future of the environment.

“It is a wonderful experience for the students who are involved as well as all audience members,” said Lorna Fortin, Principal at the Vancouver Waldorf School. “It teaches them about empathy, cooperation and the beauty that can be created through celebrating people’s strengths, no matter what challenges they may face in their daily lives.”

There will be three performances of Bees & Trees, A Fairytale Performance on November 28 – 11 am, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets and more information can be found at https://kaymeek.com/events/fairy-tale-christmas-bees-trees-1.

About The Cascadia Society

The Cascadia Society is a life-sharing community that includes adults with special needs. Cultural, artistic and therapeutic experiences are provided through residential home care and day activities within the urban setting of Vancouver’s North Shore. The Cascadia Society is dedicated to bringing healing to human beings and to the earth. Its primary task is to allow the potential in each person to unfold and to be in harmonious relationship with the environment. The society is a registered BC Non-Profit Society, Charitable registration No. 87241 3729 RR0001.

www.cascadiasociety.org

About The Vancouver Waldorf School

Since 1968, the Vancouver Waldorf School has offered a learning method that strives to meet the physical, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of the developing child. The imaginative play of the Kindergarten years provides the foundation for an artistically rich academic school experience that supports young people in realizing their full potential. Based on the insights of scientist and philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), Waldorf schools have developed into an international movement with more than 1,000 schools worldwide. The Vancouver Waldorf School is a registered charitable society (BN 108167917RR0001) and will hold its annual Children’s Winter Fair for the whole community on November 23, 2019.

www.vws.ca

For more information:

Laura Bergstrome lbergstrome@vws.ca 604-985-7435 ext 202