Date: March 5 • 2021 @ 9:00 am
End date: March 31 • 2021 @ 9:00 pm

Location: 1120 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC
Admission: Free

Place des Arts is excited to present a free, all-ages, virtual storytelling experience, Belonging: Reflections through the Eyes of The Ugly Duckling, adapted by Director Susan Bertoia.

Bertoia has adapted Hans Christensen Andersen’s classic and universal fairy tale The Ugly Duckling which is a story of the struggle and pain of “otherness” and how it can be overcome through acceptance and self-love. This story highlights how we can grow through our struggles and find our place in the world.

All are invited to visit our webpage from March 5-31: to immerse themselves in the powerful story, celebrate diversity and contribute to the discussion around the importance of belonging. Find a connection you might have with the story of the Ugly Duckling and ask yourself, how do I belong?

About the Artists

Theatre artist, writer, director, teacher and owner of waterproof runners for Vancouver weather. In my early years, when I was dressing up as characters from Gilligan’s Island in my backyard, I realized I belong to the world of make-believe and urgent imagination. I’ve ventured into many curious creative ventures ranging from leading cooking and walking tours in Tuscany; to climbing a 30 ft tree to perform as Mother Superior at a show in Stanley Park; to donning ½ masks and playing commedia dell’arte scenarios on the streets of Vancouver and gymnasiums throughout Northern BC. Further curiosity led me to devised theatre – which, for me means making theatre from ideas and images rather than text first. For me, the poetry of life forces and guides story. Sometimes, I capture these moments on my cell phone and I continue to revel in how light shines in dark places. I devise performances and happily pass my creative legacy onto others as a teaching theatre artist in all types of schools. I am blessed to have three lovely, amazing ducklings in my life that truly keep me afloat.

“I belong the most in a community of supportive and creative people. Communities like theatre, film and art. When these communities are at their best they’re like a second family and that’s what makes them so special.”

Marcus is a Lower Mainland-based, Set, Prop and Costume Designer.

He is also a co-founder of Let Me Know Studio, a collectively run studio near International Village open to the public to support local artists in need of a space to display their work.

Marcus Vaillant is a 2018 graduate of Studio 58.

One of the BC’s Wedding Awards finalists and owner of 3 small businesses encompassing the event industry. Alex’s passion has progressed as he transitioned through the arts to audio/video production in the past 20 years. Starting from a young age as a creative artist and entrepreneur, he still makes time in his busy schedule for his favourite things like morning coffees, lake boating, or indulging in Adam’s peanut butter.


Thank you to those who made this event possible:


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