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Pictures from a  Dance Rehearsal at SATSO Gallery August 13 – August 19

Granville Ferry photographers Susan and Nathaniel Tileston will be busy over Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal week and Paint the Town weekend. The Tilestons have mounted an exhibition at the Satso Gallery of photos taken during rehearsals for Dancing in the Third Act, Teen Angel and Lighted Rooms. This was no easy task as Susan and Nathaniel are also dancers in Company of Angels, and have performed in all of these productions and are dancing again this year at FODAR.

Company of Angels Artistic Director Randy Glynn choreographed all three works. Dancing in the Third Act was presented at FODAR in 2014 and 2015. The production also toured to dance festivals in eastern Canada. Teen Angel was featured at FODAR in 2014, and Lighted Rooms was workshopped in 2016 and makes its FODAR premiere this year on August 16 and August 18.

Susan and Nathaniel say they wish they had a sound track of all the laughter that accompanied these rehearsals. “It was always excruciatingly hard work but all of us loved the feelings of joy and camaraderie that accompanied our herculean efforts,” says Susan.

Pictures from a Dance Rehearsal runs From August 13 through August 19 at the Satso Gallery, 253 St. George St., Second Floor, Annapolis Royal. The gallery is open Thursday – Sunday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal runs from Tuesday, August 15 through Saturday, August 19 at King’s Theatre.


Nathaniel and Susan worked in New York City as free-lance photographers from 1970 until 1982. Much of their work documented dance, music, and theatre. The two also contributed articles to The New York Times, The Village Voice, and many theatre and art magazines.

In 1982, they moved to Annapolis Royal, where, after 30-plus busy years as craft business owners, B&B operators, and community volunteers, they retired and started the MY STORY photo project, where they work with refugees and internally displaced people on both sides of the Thai/Burma border.

FODAR 2017 is funded in part by: the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, by Canada Council for the Arts, by Arts Nova Scotia/support4culture, and also by Business for the Arts. “LIGHTED ROOMS” is presented by SHANNEX.