Peggy Baker Dance Projects: land / body / breath
11 am Tuesday May 6
7 pm Wednesday May 7 & 14
2 pm Saturday May 10 & Sunday May 11
1 pm Tuesday May 13
Included with admission
Choreography by Peggy Baker Music design by Fides Krucker Vocalists: Fides Krucker, Ciara Adams Dancers: Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, Benjamin Kamino, Sean Ling, Sahara Morimoto, Andrea Nann, Jessica Runge
Governor General Award-winning Canadian dance artist Peggy Baker and the dancers of Peggy Baker Dance Projects return to the Art Gallery of Ontario with land / body / breath: an immersive installation performance for dancers and vocalists.
Situated in the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, the music and choreography of land / body / breath illuminate the elemental Canadian style epitomized by the art works. Captivating dance is performed surrounded by the landscapes of Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, and the Group of Seven, and the outdoor scenes of William Kurelek, James Wilson Morrice, and Cornelius Krieghoff. Live vocalists loop improvised sounds with folk songs, throat singing, and iconic Canadian pop, their voices reverberating among sculptures of stone, bone, shell and wood.
The audience, fluid and mobile, is invited to travel through the galleries and craft their own highly personal experience of the performance.
Peggy Baker: choreographer and artistic director
Peggy Baker is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding and influential contemporary dancers of her generation. Her unique abilities are the product of an education in both dance and theatre, pursued initially through the drama department of the University of Alberta, at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and in New York at the Martha Graham School and the Herbert Berghof Studio. She began her professional career in Toronto in 1974, as a founding member, and later artistic director, of Dancemakers, toured internationally as a prominent member of Lar Lubovitch's celebrated New York company throughout the eighties, and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inaugural season of their White Oak Dance Project in 1990, subsequently forging important creative relationships with Paul-André Fortier (Montreal), James Kudelka (Toronto), and Doug Varone (New York) through numerous performance projects.
She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 18 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 2009 her choreography has focused on works for small ensemble. Over its 24-year history Peggy Baker Dance Projects has been presented at major festivals and dance centres in North America, Asia and Europe 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, and in three seasons at L'Agora de la danse in Montreal. She has premiered three all-night choreographic events for Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, situated her hour-long choreographic installation move – danced by local community members – in a public market in St. Catharines Ontario, and presented interior with moving figures – four dances, performed simultaneously in four different spaces for a span of 70 minutes – at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Among her many honours are 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, Honorary Doctorates from the University of Calgary and York, the 2010 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
A master teacher, Ms Baker teaches regularly at universities and professional training programs throughout Canada and the U.S. including the Juilliard School, the School at Jacob's Pillow, American Dance Festival, NYU, UC Santa Barbara, Philadelphia's Dance Advance, York University, the University of Calgary, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and the Contemporary Arts Summer Institute at Simon Fraser University where she was director of dance from 1991 – 1994. She is the first ever Artist-in-Residence at Canada's National Ballet School, appointed in 1992. www.peggybakerdance.com
Fides Krucker: music director and vocalist
Fides Krucker has been an innovative interpreter of vocal music in Canada and abroad for 30 years. Her award-winning company, Good Hair Day Productions, created the electroacoustic show The girl with no door on her mouth, the immersive cabaret A little rain never hurt no one… the r n'b disability show CP Salon (now an NFB film), the boxing piece Yours to Break and the sexual catastrophe opera Julie Sits Waiting (Wamsley/Dufort). For fourteen years Fides created work with the interdisciplinary ensemble, URGE. She is learning to sing like a mermaid for Richard Sanger and Nik Beeson's theatrical adaptation of Lampedusa's Lighea, also being recorded as a CD. She just finished co-creating AGO resident artist Sara Angelucci's "A Mourning Chorus" with six other singers and is a collaborator along with Chicago artists Erica Mott and Ryan Ingebritsen for their interdisciplinary project 'Three Singers' set to premiere in Cleveland in September. Krucker teaches internationally and is on faculty at Humber College. She received a Chalmer's Arts Fellowship in 2011 to write about voice – her work can be found at fideskrucker.com and is leading to a book.
Ciara Adams: vocalist
Ciara is a musician, actor/creator and artist-educator. After studying Opera at Queen's University, Ciara moved to London, England to train as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the U.K. she worked at the Royal National Theatre, Northern Stage, and the RSC among others. Ciara has been a co-artistic director of Toronto/Brooklyn performance company bluemouth inc. since 2009; bluemouth have been touring their work DANCE MARATHON internationally since that time, and they are currently in development with Stay (a) Wake in association with Necessary Angel. As a musician, Ciara has released two albums to date Live at Le Select Bistro and Last of the Bohemians. She is a mentor artist-educator with the Royal Conservatory of Music Schools and she teaches private voice from her home studio in Toronto. www.ciaraadams.ca
Ric Brown: dancer
Ric Brown completed a B.A. in English at the University of Western Ontario. He then went on to the School of Toronto Dance Theatre graduating from the three-year professional training program. He was a company member with Le Groupe Dance Lab for 5 years working with choreographers from all over Canada and Europe. Selected favourite dance credits include: Monumental with Holy Body Tattoo; the Canadian Premiere of Masurca Fogo with Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal; Greatest Hits, Volume 2 with Danny Grossman Company; move (Nuit Blanche 2009), Night Garden (Nuit Blanche 2012) and Piano/Quartet (2012) with Peggy Baker Dance Projects; Leasandra Dodson's In 2 days a man can change for Darryl Tracy's Inherencies and other Disorders, as well as the video for Dance Floor Anthem by Good Charlotte. Theatre credits include: Beauty and the Beast (The Grand Theatre); Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); Mambo Italiano (GCTC); The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, The Laramie Project, and Hair (Act Out Theatre).
Sarah Fregeau: dancer
Sarah Fregeau is a Toronto/Montreal-based dancer. Since graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre she has worked with blackandblue dance projects, the Canadian Opera Company, Caroline Barrière Danse, and José Navas/Compagnie Flak, of which she has been a member since August 2009. With Flak, Sarah has toured internationally with Navas‘ S, as well as creating and touring Diptych. Sarah's work with Peggy Baker Dance Projects includes Aleatoria, Night Garden, and Split Screen Stereophonic.
Kate Holden: dancer
An award winning dance artist, Kate Holden is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Etobicoke School of the Arts. Concurrent with her professional training, she performed frequently with PBJ Dance and Gabby Kamino. Kate has had the pleasure of interpreting the works of many esteemed Canadian choreographers, including Roberto Campanella, Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Sylvain Emard, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Michael Trent, Andrea Nann, and Yvonne Ng; with appearances across North America, France, Britain, Holland and Singapore. Kate spent five seasons as a company member of Dancemakers under the artistic direction of Michael Trent and has also been a dancer with the Danny Grossman Dance Company. Her repertoire with Peggy Baker Dance Projects includes Brahms Waltzes, coalesce, and Night Garden. In addition to her work as a dancer, Kate is very active in the dance community as an emerging teacher and choreographer, and was a board member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists from 2003-2008.
Benjamin Kamino: dancer
Benjamin Kamino works between Montreal and Toronto. His work has been shown in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Kamino is a regular contributor to do what you can and participates in the international nomadic encounter interferencias in which he plays an editorial role for its publication. As a dancer he guests with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Pigeons International, Aszure Barton and Artists, and Dancemakers. Kamino holds a BFA in dance from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His repertoire with Peggy Baker Dance Projects includes In the Fire of Conflict, Night Garden, Encoded Revision, and Split Screen Stereophonic.
Sean Ling: dancer
Sean Ling is a graduate of the Edmonton School of Ballet professional program. He was with Alberta Ballet for five years before joining Toronto Dance Theatre in 1999. During his nine years with TDT, Sean was in each of Christopher House's full-length works and several new works created for TDT by guest artists. Sean has danced for film and worked with several independent choreographers in Toronto, including John Oswald, Michael Greyeyes, and Veronica Tennant. His repertoire with Peggy Baker Dance Projects includes move, Aleatoria, and Night Garden (all for Scotiabank Nuit Blance); interior with moving figures at the AGO; performances of the trio coalesce in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Vancouver and Nanaimo; Piano / Quartet in Toronto and Ottawa; and the premiere of Split Screen Stereophonic in 2013.
Sahara Morimoto: dancer
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sahara Morimoto is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School. In 2004/05, while training at the Rotterdam Dance Academie, she worked with choreographers Douglas Bateman, Michael Crotty, Jérôme Meyer, Aida Redza, and in a creation of Itzik Galili for the International Theatre School Festival. In Canada, Sahara has danced with Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, Divertimento Professional Project, Toronto Dance Theatre, and InDance / Hari Krishnan. She has continued her studies though various workshops presented by Series 8:08 and with Doug Varone and Dancers. Since joining Peggy Baker Dance Projects as Artistic Associate in 2008, Sahara has had the privilege of working closely with Ms. Baker, and has been teaching at the August Intensive for the past four years. She participated in The Choreographer's Trust Year Three (Unfold and Brute), and performs in Ms. Baker's works Aleatoria, coalesce, Encoded Revision, Geometry of the Circle, move, Piano/Quartet, Sylvan Quartet, Night Garden, Split Screen Stereophonic and Yang.
Andrea Nann: dancer
Andrea Nann is a professional dance artist living and working in Toronto. She was a full-time member of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1988-2003 where she created, performed, taught and toured major roles from the works of Mr. Grossman and guest choreographers. Andrea is currently an independent choreographer / performer / arts educator, artistic director of Dreamwalker Dance Company, and dances with Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Unfold, move, Aleatoria, Piano/Quartet, Night Garden, In a Landscape, and coalesce) and Sarah Chase Dance Projects. She has received three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance and one DMMA nomination for Outstanding Choreography. Nann also produces The Whole Shebang, an annual multi-arts festival celebrating cultural and artistic diversity. She is a graduate of York University's Department of Fine Arts, and a Resident Artist at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (since 2009).
Jessica Runge: dancer
Jessica Runge works and makes her home in Toronto. She began dancing at the age of five and completed her professional training as a scholarship student at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. A member of Toronto Dance Theatre from 1998 through 2006, Ms. Runge also enjoys a successful career as a freelance dance interpreter, choreographer, and teacher. She has toured nationally and internationally performing works of such acclaimed Canadian choreographers as Peggy Baker, Peter Chin, Kim Frank, and Christopher House. Her own works have been presented in many venues in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada, including the outdoor stage at the Canada Dance Festival. She has been commissioned to create dances that have toured internationally, as well as site-specific works for such spectacular settings as a twelve metre high outdoor waterfall in downtown Toronto. Ms. Runge is a co-winner of the 2005 K.M. Hunter Artists Award for Dance, and she has been nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore awards. From 1994 - 2004, Ms. Runge was a co-artistic director of Series 8:08, a Toronto-based producer of innovative dance workshops and performances. Her repertoire with Peggy Baker Dance Projects includes Brahms Waltzes, Strand, Aleatoria, and Night Garden.