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India Russell The Dance of Life
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A hauntingly beautiful sequence of poems about life and its rhythms seen through the eyes of a dancer.

INDIA RUSSELL read German and Scandinavian at University College London and was appointed Junior Research Fellow in the Department of German at King's College, London. She holds a Speech and Drama Licentiate at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and trained in Contemporary Dance at The Place, performing with the Evening School Performance Group at The Place Theatre and the Lilian Baylis. She wrote and toured her own one-woman dance-drama on Ibsen's last plays, The Secret Rooms of the Mind. Her first collection of poetry, The Kaleidoscope of Time, went into its third impression in September, 2010, published by Stacey International.

The poignancy of India Russell’s poems is that of exile: exile from a Paradise glimpsed in dreams, in memories of childhood, in the beauty of the world. It is a poetry of vulnerability and sorrow, but also – precisely because we are “so close to home it hurts” – of transfiguring hope. John Carey.

A sequence of poems as exhilarating as its title. India Russell has the rare gift of making the spiritual and the physical, one, and has found the perfect metaphor for that union. Piers Plowright, Critic and Broadcaster.