ABOUT PEGGY BAKER DANCE PROJECTS:
Peggy Baker Dance Projects is dedicated to offering experiences of significance, personal connection, and transformative potential to our audience through the power and beauty of the art of dance. Established in Toronto, Canada in 1990 and incorporated in 1996, Peggy Baker Dance Projects is a charitable non-profit organization led by one of Canada’s foremost contemporary dance artists – Peggy Baker. Distinguished from the outset by collaborations with extraordinary creators and performers, the company has built an exceptional body of work and a growing slate of education, engagement, and enrichment programs for all ages and abilities. Peggy Baker Dance Projects began as a vehicle for solo dance expression; the company’s work now encompasses solo and ensemble dance repertoire, performed to both live and electro-acoustic music, and features a company of outstanding dancers.
Peggy Baker is one of Canada’s most celebrated and influential dance artists. A vivid presence in contemporary dance since 1973, she has performed internationally with Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Doug Varone, Tere O’Connor, Molissa Fenley, and Charles Moulton (NYC); Fortier Danse-Creation (Montreal); and James Kudelka, Dancemakers and Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto). 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 composers, musicians and designers. Since 2010 her choreography has focused on visually and sonically striking works for small ensemble. Over its 28-year history, Peggy Baker Dance Projects has been presented at major festivals and dance centres world-wide, including Danspace, The Kitchen, Symphony Space, and the Harkness Festival in New York; the Luckman Center in Los Angeles; Jacob’s Pillow; the Copenhagen International Dance Festival; the Time Festival in Ghent, Belgium; MoDaFe in Seoul, Korea; the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, The High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, L’Agora de la danse and Cinquieme Salle in Montreal, Landmark Tower in Yokohama Japan, and Fall for Dance North at Toronto’s SONY Centre. Beyond the concert stage, Ms. Baker has premiered five all-night choreographic events for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and situated three hour-long choreographic installations – move, interior with moving figures and land | body | breath in public spaces and galleries across the country. Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School her many honours include the Order of Canada, the Carsen Prize, the Premier’s Award, the Governor General’s Award, Honorary Doctorates from York and the University of Calgary, the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship, 5 Doras, and a 2017 fellowship at the Bogliasco Foundation (Liguria, Italy).