A simple set of guidelines for action and interaction initiates a highly generative improvisational framework for a group of people working together. An invigorating physical warm-up and the nurturing of a vibrant creative practice arise naturally within the process. Participants using manual or power wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or up on their feet become collaborators within an ever evolving, constantly recalibrating, gloriously eventful, spontaneous group choreography. Individual sessions will focus on distinct objectives and explorations that exploit the flexibility and expansiveness of the guidelines.
Monday January 6, 10:30-11:30 (studio will be open at 10am)
Wednesday January 8, 10:30-11:30 (studio will be open at 10am)
Monday February 17, 10:30-11:30 (studio will be open at 10am)
Wednesday February 19, 10:30-11:30 (studio will be open at 10am)
Monday April 6, 10:30-11:30 (studio will be open at 10am)
Wednesday April 8,10:30-11:30 (studio will be open at 10am)
$15 drop in, $60 for all six
*Good Women class cards can be used
All classes will be at the Ruth Carse Centre for Dance 112o5-107ave
*Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you have any access needs for these classes. We will do our best to provide access support to those who request it in advance.
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.