Peggy Baker Dance Company | Composition
Peggy Baker offers powerful entry points for developing choreographic language by accessing the movement potential inherent in a list of processes and properties compiled by sculptor Richard Serra. Participants will invent movement vocabulary by fulfilling a rigorous series of foundational directives, and then explore and develop that material by experimenting with a further set of processes for manipulating tempo, spatial orientation, scale, sequencing, quality, and intention.
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, with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and in New York at the Martha Graham School and the Herbert Berghof Studio. Born in Edmonton in 1952, she began her professional career in Toronto in 1974, as a founding member 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.