Friedman's book relates dance, garden experiences


Dancer and choreographer Leslie Friedman, founder of the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley and artistic director of The Lively Foundation, recently released a book, “The Dancer’s Garden.”

The book features short essays on dance, life and starting and maintaining a garden in Mountain View. The gardener, Friedman said, faces the challenges of native plants, persistent invasions by world-conquering weeds and rain.

“Neighbors, strangers, cats, flowers, weeds, trees appear in the garden and in my memory. I meet time through lives in the garden, including my own,” she writes.

Friedman’s solo dance performances have been presented by the U.S. State Department and received acclaim worldwide. She earned a doctorate in history from Stanford University and a bachelor’s from Vassar College. Her writing has been published in the U.S., France, India and Poland.

The limited-edition hardback book includes more than 60 color photographs by the author.

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