The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca
Written by Carol Bishop-Gwyn
Published by Cormorant Books
With great art and skill, Carol Bishop-Gwyn does for Celia Franca what history requires and demands. She gives us the complex story of an artist both driven and tyrannical, both sensitive and unreasonable, but someone able, with little help and in what was little more than a cultural backwater, to found a ballet company which was to become one of the best in the world, the National Ballet of Canada. The company still bears her stamp. Bishop-Gwyn’s rich biography tells us exactly why.
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is a writer and dance historian. She has taught courses at York University, Ryerson University, and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has worked as a broadcaster and producer for CBC Radio and as a freelance magazine writer. She lives in Toronto.