Four gifted grads of our Professional Training Program have been working with Peggy Baker on an exciting project set to premiere in Toronto and then tour to Montreal, Hamilton, Banff, Whitehorse, Kingston, and Ottawa. Sarah Fregeau (2009), Mairi Greig (2010), Kate Holden (2001), and Jarrett Siddall (2012), have each had exciting careers since graduating from the School.
Sarah Fregeau is a Toronto-based dancer and teacher. She has performed with Angela Blumberg, the Canadian Opera Company, Caroline Barrière Danse, Ivanochko et cie, Julia Aplin, Kate Hilliard, Nova Dance, Red Sky Performance / Roger Sinha, TOES FOR DANCE, Valerie Calam, and José Navas / Compagnie Flak, of which she was a member from 2009 – 2014. As a technique teacher and rehearsal director, Sarah has guest taught for Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Danse à la Carte, Ryerson University, Quinte Ballet School, and École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Sarah has danced with Peggy Baker Dance Projects since 2012, creating and performing in several full-evening concert programs, as well as gallery events and all-night works for Nuit Blanche.
Mairi Greig, originally hailing from Penticton BC, is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Greig worked with Toronto Dance Theatre from 2010 to 2016, where she performed and created works with Aleesa Cohene, Lena Cruz, Jeanine Durning, Thomas Hauert, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Jean-Sébastien Lourdais, Heidi Strauss, and Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh. Greig has danced with Bill Coleman on numerous site-specific performances and with the Danny Grossman Dance Company. She collaborates with visual artist Aleesa Cohene and has performed within her exhibits across Ontario and in Regina, SK. Drawing Thinking of You Dancing, Greig’s dance-comic collaboration with cartoonist Jason Kieffer, was published in 2015 by Old Boot Comics. Greig recently premiered a new work with filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee and Jenn Goodwin at the Festival of New Dance, St. John’s, NL. She also works with textiles.
Award winning dance artist Kate Holden has had the pleasure of interpreting the works of many esteemed Canadian choreographers, including Roberto Campanella, Mélanie Demers, Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Sylvain Émard, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Laurence Lemieux, Emily Molnar, Andrea Nann, and Yvonne Ng; with performances across Britain, France, Holland, North America, and Singapore. She spent five seasons as a company member of Dancemakers and was also a dancer with the Danny Grossman Dance Company for two seasons. In addition to her work as a dancer, Kate is very active in the Toronto dance community, and is a practitioner of Cranial Sacral Therapy. With Kate Franklin, she founded firstthingsfirst productions to commission and produce new contemporary dance works by Canadian choreographers. The company has facilitated the creation and production of 10 new dance works since 2007. Their 2013 production with a trace received ten Dora Mavor Moore nominations.
Born in Grande Prairie AB, Jarrett Siddall started his performance career in Edmonton AB, where he danced for the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Citie Ballet. Jarrett attended The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2009, and was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant in contemporary dance in his first year. At the School, Siddall performed works by Serge Bennathan, Anna Blewchamp, Valerie Calam, Allison Cummings, Sharon Moore, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Julia Sasso, Roger Sinha, Darryl Tracy, Gerry Trentham, and William Yong. Graduating in 2012, Siddall joined Toronto Dance Theatre for five seasons where he performed works by Stephen Andrews, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Thomas Hauert, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Heidi Strauss, and Evan Webber. Jarrett now works with various independent choreographers and companies including Joe Ink and Vazari Dance Projects (VDP). Siddall is also a rehearsal director and artistic associate for VDP, run by Jessie Garon.
Photography by: Aleksandar Antonijevic
These talented dancers make up four of the cast of seven in the new Peggy Baker work, who we are in the dark, opening on February 21st at the Bluma Appel Theatre.