A Mythological Place
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives at the Banff Centre

The Princess of the Stars, 1985
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives at The Banff Centre,
Photo No.IA.1985.F7

The Princess of the Stars was presented by the Banff Centre for the Arts on Two Jack Lake near Banff, in conjunction with the Parks Canada Centennial in 1985. Composed by R. Murray Schafer, the work is an environmental opera that is performed in canoes on a lake at dawn. It draws on mythologies from native cultures to celebrate the sunrise and the Canadian wilderness. Over 5,000 attended the production, which was co-directed by Schafer and Brian Macdonald, and designed by Jerrard and Diana Smith. Photograph by Ed Ellis.

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