Peggy Baker brings the richness, depth, and immediacy of her physical practice into play in a class driven by dynamism and musicality, and focused on the expressive and kinetic potential of our bodies. The work unfolds fluidly, and with refreshing shifts of focus, through a wide range of vivid and invigorating movement explorations that address essential issues of impulse and action.
Peggy will be taking over GWDC company classes; Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 10am-11:30am during the following dates:
January 7, 9 &10
February 18, 20 & 21
April 7, 9 & 10
$15 drop in, GWDC class cards apply
Peggy Baker is one of Canada’s most celebrated and influential dance artists. A vivid presence in contemporary dance since 1973, she has performed with Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Doug Varone, and Fortier Danse-Creation, among many others. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in Toronto in 1990, and for the first 20 years she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for her dancing, and accolades for her collaborative partnerships with extraordinary choreographers, directors, musicians, and designers. Since 2010 she has created a new body of visually and sonically striking works for small ensemble. Over its 29-year history, Peggy Baker Dance Projects has been presented at major festivals and dance centres in North America, Asia and Europe. 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 in public spaces and galleries across Canada.
Ms Baker teaches regularly at universities and professional training programs throughout the U.S. including The Juilliard School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, New York University, University of California Santa Barbara, and Philadelphia’s Dance Advance; and in Canada at York University, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University (as director of dance for the Contemporary Arts Summer Institute), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, L’Ecole de danse de Quebec, and Canada’s National Ballet School, where she is Artist-in-Residence.
Ms. Baker’s contributions to dance have been recognized with numerous honours including the Order of Canada; the Walter Carsen Prize for excellence in the Performing Arts, the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Doctorates from York Uninversity and the University of Calgary, six Dora Mavor Moore Awards, The George Luscombe Award for Mentorship, and TAPA’s Lifetime Achievement award – the Silver Tiicket. She is a fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria, Italy.