ABOUT ALL SOULS
AT MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY
HONOURING OLD TRADITIONS | CREATING NEW ONES
In many cultures around the world, the days at the end of Octobler and beginning of November are considered an important time for honouring the dead in our lives. In our modern, urban and relatively transient culture, traditional ‘village’ customes have been left behind though not the human impulse that lead to those traditions.
All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery is a non-denominational sacred event and an opportunity for people to share their own customs and experiences.
Led by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, All Souls grew out of their work together at Public Dreams and their desire to understand the role of artists in the sacred life of the community.
The project has been part of the revival of the role of this urban cemetery in the life of an increasingly seclar and multi-cultural community.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
The locus 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 adn 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 2006 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 rtist-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.
Marina Szijarto is a Visual and Celebration Artist with a diverse and eclectic arts practice who works within the medium of Theatre, Dance and performance (set, costume & poster design) and Community-engaged Ritual and Celebration.
She is the Art Director/Designer at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery’s All Souls event and Creative Director of “A Midsummer Nite” a community celebration at Colony Farm Regional Park.
Marina has been explorin the artist’s role in rites of passage (especially death, funerals and mourning) for the last 17 years and has pioneered the use of shrines to honour the dead in Vancouver community-based events.
Originally from England, Marina is now blessed to live in a beautiful heritage floating shack on the mighty Fraser River with two little dogs, a large fluffy cat and a lovely human, surrounded by plants, birds and good neighbours.
Marina has a degree in Fine Arts (embroidery), has previously been known to belly dance on stilts and play a little with fire. When she grows up, she would, amongst other things, like to be a milliner for drag queens and little dogs, and travel the world making flower mandalas.