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Thursday, August 15 • Saturday, August 17 • 8:00pm

Peggy Baker Dance Projects

Photo: Aleksandar Antonijevic

Choreographer: Sarah Chase

Text and Performance: Peggy Baker

PEGGY BAKER has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance since 1973 and has  performed internationally in the work of esteemed Canadian and American choreographers. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990 and  dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing. Since 2010 her choreography has focused on works for small ensemble. Over its 29-year history, Peggy Baker Dance Projects has been presented at major festivals and dance venues across Canada, the US, Europe, and South East Asia. Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School, Peggy’s many honours include the Walter Carsen Prize, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (Ontario), the Order of Canada, and six Dora Mavor Moore Awards. 

SARAH CHASE is a performer and choreographer whose distinctive signature has garnered her an international reputation. Her work has been presented across Canada including the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Festival TransAmerique (Montreal) and DanceHouse (Vancouver). In Europe presenters include: the Holland Dance Festival, Klapstuk Festival (Belgium), Salzburg Szene Festival (Austria), Kaaitheater (Belgium), Tanz Quartier (Vienna), Fondation Cartier (Paris) and Theater der Welt (Germany). Sara  has created work for many Canadian artists including Toronto Dance Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Andrea Nann, Heidi Strauss and and Montreal Danse. She is the recipient of the 2004 Jacqueline Lemieux Award for Excellence from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Prize of the Festival at the 2006 Munich Dance Biennale. She is an associate dance artist of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. 

In 2003 Peggy approached Sarah Chase to create a solo work. “Sarah creates in a genre she describes as dancestories, and preliminary to working together she set me the task of writing two stories for every year of my life, explained Peggy. Sarah and Peggy went on to create The Disappearance of Right and Left. “In March of 2016, I sat down at a desk, in a small room, in a huge house in Bogliasco, Italy to remember and write the stories I had (previously) not been ready to share. Over the next months, Sarah and I worked together to distill my writing as a dancestory titled unmoored. The episodes I recount in unmoored describe events during the 20-year arc of my marriage to the musician, composer, and disability rights activist, Ahmed Hassan.”

“Peggy is a true dance bohemian: she knows how to play up against contemporary orthodoxy and turn it on its head. It’s why she is a great artist…There is always method in what she does, but what she does is always unexpected and always a joy to watch…” Mikhail Baryshnikov 

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