Book Launch & Salons: Peter Dickinson's My Vancouver Dance History

September 6 – 12, 2020 | Daily: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Morrow (Dumb Instrument Dance’s pop-up venue)
336 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Join the SCA’s Peter Dickinson as he launches his new book in a series of COVID-safe salons with the Vancouver dance artists he writes about.

Drop by to purchase a book, chat with Peter and the dance artists he's collaborated with, share a socially distanced glass of wine, and browse the items for sale as part of Morrow’s amazing collection of artist wares. For information about accessibility please contact

To be COVID-safe, guests are limited to 1 person/bubble at a time. Drop-ins welcome, but if you'd like to reserve a 1/2 hr spot, please contact by 6:00 PM the day before.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, September 6: Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi (Kokoro Dance)
  • Monday, September 7: Rob Kitsos
  • Tuesday, September 8: Ziyian Kwan (Dumb Instrument Dance) and Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance)
  • Wednesday, September 9: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg (Tara Cheyenne Performance)
  • Thursday, September 10: Lesley Telford (Inverso Dance)
  • Friday, September 11: James Gnam and Natalie LeFebvre Gnam (plastic orchid factory)
  • Saturday, September 12: Justine A. Chambers and Alexa Mardon

About the Book

My Vancouver Dance History: Story, Movement, Community focuses on Peter Dickinson’s critical and creative collaborations with nine Vancouver-based dance artists and companies. Mixing interview excerpts with fieldwork descriptions of studio research and performance analysis, Dickinson draws on ten years of close observation to delve into the individual histories of select members of this community, while also relating the cumulative story of Vancouver dance production and performance as it has unfolded in the past decade. The voices of other invested participants interpolate this rich history, and chapters are interspersed with a series of "movement intervals" that reflect key moments in Dickinson's history as a spectator, scholar, and collaborator.

Order online directly via McGill-Queen’s University Press or order it through a good local independent bookseller.   

September 12, 2020