Citadel + Compagnie – unmoored

 

PRESS RELEASE

Citadel + Compagnie Presents Peggy Baker’s
Dora Award-winning unmoored

Modern dance icon addresses love, disability, and death in autobiographical work

TORONTO, ON — Citadel + Compagnie proudly presents internationally renowned Peggy Baker’s unmoored from May 1–4 at 8pm at the Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. The critically acclaimed piece will be performed on its own for the first time since its world premiere in February 2018 as part of a two-part program. Opening a window on disability through the life of one man, the powerful work commemorates Baker’s late husband who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“Witnessing unmoored is an experience that encapsulates the cathartic nature of dance and highlights its most reflexive qualities,” says Citadel + Compagnie’s Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux. “Peggy Baker is breathtaking in this heartbreaking presentation. The intimacy of The Citadel enrobes her every gesture in a performance that draws the audience close with vignettes of a life grounded in movement.”

unmoored is an autobiographical performance that incorporates events from Baker’s 20-year marriage to musician and composer Ahmed Hassad, who died in 2011. Developed for the artist by choreographer Sarah Chase, the work is in the uniquely narrative genre the innovative creator calls “dancestories.” The performance unfolds in choreographic episodes based on a script distilled from pages of a memoir written by Baker during a residency at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. The resulting work is a finely honed piece that brings to the surface raw emotion through themes of love, disability, caregiving, and death.

Praised as a work of “total perfection” (Paula Citron), unmoored earned Baker her sixth Dora Award for Outstanding Performance (Female). Chase’s choreography and lighting design by Marc Parent were also nominated for Dora Awards in 2018. Sound design is by Debashis Sinha.

Baker is one of the most influential contemporary dancers of her generation. Born in Edmonton in 1952, she initially studied drama at the University of Alberta before moving into the realm of dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Martha Graham School in New York. She toured internationally with Lar Lubovitch’s celebrated company in the 1980s, became a member of the inaugural season of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris’ White Oak Dance Project in 1990, and became the first artist-in-residence at Canada’s National Ballet School in 1993. Baker was honoured with the Order of Canada in 2006, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Dance) in 2009, and the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts in 2010. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, where she focused on solo performances for two decades.

Chase has presented work across North America and Europe for more than 25 years, at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Festival TransAmerique (Montreal), DanceHouse (Vancouver), the Holland Dance Festival, Tanz Quartier (Vienna), Fondation Cartier (Paris), and Theater der Welt (Germany). She has created work for many Canadian artists including Toronto Dance Theatre, Andrea Nann, Heidi Strauss and Darryl Tracy, Theatre Replacement, and Jacinte Armstrong, and is currently creating a new work for Marc Boivin. Chase received the 2004 Jacqueline Lemieux Award for Excellence from the Canada Council for the Arts. She is an associate dance artist of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. 

Tickets to unmoored are available at: citadelcie.com/tickets

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

About Citadel + Compagnie (citadelcie.com)
Citadel + Compagnie is a Toronto-based professional dance organization with a mission to have a significant and lasting artistic impact on our society through creation, curation and cultivation. Led by Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, Citadel + Compagnie creates, produces and presents works on local, national and international scales from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

The company purchased The Citadel in 2007, and renovated it into studio, office, and theatre space. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance opened in 2012, providing a home for Resident Choreographer James Kudelka, and Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux’s creative processes and intimate performances, while creating an open and welcoming space for artists to rehearse, create and perform and where the community can learn, communicate, and share.

Citadel + Compagnie encourages artistic risk and innovation through its performing arts series, Bright Nights, and delivers accessible works of contemporary dance when touring outside The Citadel itself. Equipped with a commitment to the development of the art form and backed by a small but fiscally aggressive administrative structure, Citadel + Compagnie demonstrates fearless artistic leadership backed by real community engagement.

After nine years as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada (1996–2005), James Kudelka was named Citadel + Compagnie resident choreographer in 2008. This relationship has allowed Kudelka to revisit some of his finest works and made way for challenging new contemporary creations. The presence of Kudelka’s work at Citadel + Compagnie has also expanded the company’s public recognition, and increased audiences eager to see the work of one of the country’s finest choreographers.

LISTING INFORMATION Citadel + Compagnie presents unmoored
Dates: May 1–4, 2019 at 8pm
Ticket prices: $20–$25
Venue: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2Z6
Box Office: citadelcie.com or 416-364-8011 ext. 1

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