Peggy Baker Dance Projects to Premiere PHASE SPACE in Toronto This January
Named Best Choreographer by NOW Magazine's Best of Toronto Reader's Choice for two years running (2014, 2015), Baker is affirming her reputation as a choreographer of distinction, her work characterised by complex systems of movement and gesture, rooted in emotional response and reflection.
Working with Dora-award winning lighting designer Marc Parent, and set designer Larry Hahn, Baker is transforming the formidable Betty Oliphant stage for the four chapters of PHASE SPACE. "Each episode is situated in a distinct and completely altered world," says Baker, "we're using a variety of set elements, and every corner and ledge that the Betty O has to offer."
The extraordinary cast for PHASE SPACE is Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, Sean Ling, Sahara Morimoto and Andrea Nann. Peggy Baker expands and intensifies her creative relationship with Berlin/Toronto based composer and pianist, John Kameel Farah, who creates and performs a unique soundscape for every performance, while esteemed singer and voice director Fides Krucker enhances the production as Vocalographer.
Curious audience members are invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the curtain time of each performance to hear Baker's free pre-show chat about the genesis of the work, highlighting some of the recurring motifs that they'll see throughout the evening.
Peggy Baker has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance for four decades, performing internationally in the work of Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris (with Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project), Doug Varone, Tere O'Connor, Molissa Fenley, and Charles Moulton (NY); and with Fortier Danse-Creation (Montreal); Dancemakers and Toronto Dance Theatre. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 20 years she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing, and accolades for her collaborative partnerships with extraordinary musicians and designers. Since 2010 she has focused her choreography on works for small ensemble. Ms. Baker is Artist-in-Residence at Canada's National Ballet School. She has been honoured with numerous awards for her extraordinary achievements and contributions including the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009), the 2006 Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Toronto Arts Council's 2002 Margo Bindhardt Award, the 2010 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, most recently the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship
John Kameel Farah is a Toronto-based composer and pianist who studied composition and piano at the University of Toronto, where he twice received the Glenn Gould Composition Award. A recipient of the 2011 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for music, Farah performs regularly in Toronto, and has toured internationally across the UK, Europe, USA, the Middle East, Brazil, South Korea and Mexico. Performing with Peggy Baker Dance Projects since 2010, Farah has been featured in Baker's recent Toronto concerts the sound and feel of it, Stereophonic he:she. and locus plot.IF YOU GO:
Peggy Baker Dance Projects presents the world premiere of PHASE SPACE
Choreographer: Peggy Baker
Music: John Kameel Farah
Dancers: Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, Sean Ling, Sahara Morimoto & Andrea Nann
Vocalographer: Fides Krucker
Lighting: Marc Parent
Set: Larry Hahn
January 22 - January 31, 2016
Wed-Sat at 8:30pm, Sun at 4pm
Betty Oliphant Theatre , 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6
Tickets: $28 ($23 seniors, students, CADA), Pay-What-You-Can on Wednesday January 27
Early-Bird Special: Purchase $20 tickets by December 21 with the code EARLY20 for January 22-24 performances only
For tickets and info, visit www.peggybakerdance.com or call 1-800-838-3006
Pre-show chat with Peggy Baker 30 minutes prior to each performance for ticket-holders.