flower: a poem for body and breath – Artist-in-Residence at NBS, Peggy Baker is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding and influential contemporary dance artists of her generation. 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 ’80s, and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inaugural season of their White Oak Dance Project. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first two decades 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 2010 her choreography has focused on stage works for small ensemble, dance installations for gallery settings, and durational works for alternative venues. Over its 26-year history Peggy Baker Dance Projects has been presented at major festivals and dance centres throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Among Ms. Baker’s many awards are the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Water Carsen Prize, and honorary doctorates from The University of Calgary and York.
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