Peggy Baker © Aleksandar Antonijevic

Peggy Baker has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance for four decades, performing internationally in the work of Molissa Fenley, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris (with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project), Charles Moulton, Tere O’Connor, and Doug Varone (New York); and with Dancemakers, Fortier Danse-Création (Montreal), and Toronto Dance Theatre. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 20 years 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 choreographers, directors, musicians, and designers. Since 2010 her choreography has focused on works for small ensemble. Over its 27-year history, Peggy Baker Dance Projects has been presented at major festivals and dance centres in North America, Asia, and Europe, including Danspace, the Harkness Festival, The Kitchen, and Symphony Space, in New York; the Luckman Center in Los Angeles; Jacob’s Pillow; the Copenhagen International Dance Festival; the Time Festival in Ghent, Belgium; MoDaFe in Seoul, Korea; Landmark Tower in Yokohama, Japan; the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa; The High Performance Rodeo in Calgary; three seasons at L’Agora de la danse in Montreal; and Fall for Dance North at Toronto’s SONY Centre.

Beyond the concert stage, Baker has premiered five all-night choreographic events for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, situated her hour-long choreographic installation move – danced by local community members – in public spaces in Calgary, Fredericton, Kingston, and St. Catharines; staged The Perfect Word, a three-hour sound/video/dance installation, for in/Future on the abandoned west island of Toronto’s Ontario Place; and presented interior with moving figures (four dances, performed simultaneously in four different spaces), and land | body | breath (an hour-long installation for eight dancers and two vocalists) at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Under the banner The Choreographer’s Trust, she has published a series of booklet/DVD sets that document six of her landmark solos, and she is the subject of a book by Carol Anderson, Unfold – a Portrait of Peggy Baker, published by Dance Collection Danse.

Among Baker’s many honours are the Governor General’s Award, the Premier’s Award, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhardt Award, Honorary Doctorates from the University of Calgary and York, the Walter Carsen Prize, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship. Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School, Baker is also a 2017 fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy.