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Outstanding artist Peggy Baker explores the power of contemporary dance

by on February 25, 2014

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Next month, the Fredericton Playhouse will host two performances from Peggy Baker Dance Projects, featuring one of Canada’s foremost modern dancers.

Established in Toronto in 1990, Peggy Baker Dance Projects is dedicated to offering experiences of significance, personal connection, and transformative potential to audiences through the power and beauty of the art of dance.

The company is led by Artistic Director Peggy Baker, who is widely considered one of the most outstanding dance artists of her generation. Baker began her professional career in 1974, as a founding member, and later artistic director of Toronto’s Dancemakers. She went on to tour internationally with Lar Lubovitch’s celebrated New York company throughout the ’80s, and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inaugural season of their White Oak Dance Project in 1990.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects stands apart thanks to collaborations with extraordinary creators and performers, and the company has built an exceptional body of work and a growing slate of education, engagement and enrichment programs. 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.

On Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m., Peggy Baker Dance Projects will perform Inside the Art. Journey into the heart of the ideas that underlie Baker’s works as a choreographer and interpreter and glimpse the inner workings of danced art through Inside the Art studio presentations.

A performance of Disappearance of Right and Left will take place on Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. This is a seamless marriage of movement and text, drawing on stories from Baker’s family history, as well as her own life experiences. Themes of transformation, belonging, loss and joy are shared with the audience in this intimate and reflective performance.

Both of these pieces will be presented in the Playhouse’s intimate studio setting.

In addition to these two ticketed events, audiences are invited to participate in two free Experience More! activities. On Friday, March 14 at 12 p.m., Peggy Baker will give an artist talk called Figures in Motion at Gallery 78. Join Baker for a presentation that delves into art history to reveal intriguing parallels between the evolution of modern dance and the major visual arts movements of the 20th century.

Additionally, audiences are invited to attend a performance called MOVE on Monday, March 17 at 12 p.m. at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This performance will be the result of a week-long residency featuring dancers and non-dancers alike. Both of these Experience More! events are free to attend, and no ticket is required.

Tickets for Inside the Art and Disappearance of Right and Left are available through the Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800. Purchase tickets for both performances for a discounted rate. 

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