The game is six degrees of Canadian history. Take two seemingly unrelated pieces of Canadian culture and connect the dots through various people, places and events to discover how they’re distantly — or maybe not-so-distantly — related. Along the way, we visit the quizzical and curious, the tragic and comic, and everything in between.
Susan Benson, scenographer (b at Bexley Heath, Kent 22 April 1942) has designed for theatre, ballet, opera and television. She completed her studies at the West of England College of Art, Bristol University in 1963 and began work as a designer for BBC TV productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Lynda Gaudreau, choreographer, artistic director, teacher, advisor (born at Sept- ëles, Qué). Lynda Gaudrea's academic background is in art history and philosophy from the University of Ottawa, Université de Montréal and Université de Québec à Montréal, and she trained in jazz and classical DANCE.
Maud Allan (Ulla Maude Durrant), pioneer of modern dance (born at Toronto 27 Aug 1873; died at Los Angeles 7 Oct 1956). Born in Toronto, educated in San Francisco, she studied piano in Berlin and attained professional stardom in England. Embarking upon global tours, Allan was a citizen of the world.
Walter Curtin, photojournalist (b at Vienna, Austria 16 Aug 1911; d at Toronto 21 Oct 2007). One of the most prominent photojournalists and commercial photographers in Canada during the 1950s and 60s, Walter Curtin published his photo essays in the country's most prominent magazines of the time.
Michel Lambeth, filmmaker, writer, photojournalist, teacher, publisher (b at Toronto 21 Apr 1923; d there 9 Apr 1977). He served in the Canadian Army 1942-45, and then studied art in London and Paris. Returning to Toronto in 1948, he supported himself with clerical work and free-lance writing.