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This is an auction for LEAP OF FAITH by Shona Dunlop MacTavish.

"In 1935, at the age of fifteen, Shona Dunlop left Dunedin and sailed to Europe with her family to see the 'cultural capitals of the world'. Their captivating adventures are a vignette of a Europe that would soon be lost forever. After two years studying expressive dance in Vienna, Shona's new life ended with the invasion of Hitler's troops. A dance tour of South America offered many of the predominantly Jewish company escape from certain death, and further adventures for the 'English' girl in their number. A return to New Zealand, the setting up of a modern dance company in Sydney and a coming of age for the dancer followed, before Shona met and married Canadian missionary Donald MacTavish within the space of five weeks. A new phase in her life had begun, taking the young couple to China amidst the ructions of the Communist revolution, and on to South Africa, where they fought the pernicious advance of apartheid. There tragedy struck. Donald died of cancer, leaving Shona widowed with three small children. She returned to Dunedin. It was 1950. Pulling her life back together was a long hard struggle, but Shona managed to make ends meet by setting up her own modern dance studio – the first in New Zealand. She has created dances with tribespeople, parishioners, prisoners, the Hell's Angels and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Her most recent piece for an ecumenical conference of churches in 1996 was the dance 'A Question of Love', depicting a loving lesbian relationship and challenging the churches to accept homosexual clergy."

Large format (trade) paperback 2007.

238 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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