Peggy Baker is one of Canada’s most treasured modern dancers and choreographers. She studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and performed with the company as an apprentice. She was a founding member of the Toronto-based modern dance company Dancemakers, where she also served as artistic director from 1979–80. Throughout the 1980s, Baker was a dancer and rehearsal director with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York, and in 1990 she joined the White Oak Dance Project, a modern dance company established by choreographer Mark Morris and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. That same year, she launched Peggy Baker/Solo Dance—later renamed Peggy Baker Dance Projects—and began to choreograph solo work for herself. She collaborated with her late husband, musician and composer Ahmed Hassan, on numerous works, most notably Sanctum (1990) and Geometry of a Circle (1993). Baker was appointed the first artist-in-residence at Canada’s National Ballet School in 1993 and received an honorary degree from the University of Calgary in 2002. She visited the Center in 2011 to conduct master classes with a select group of Philadelphia-area dancers and choreographers.
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Merián Soto continued to develop the Branch Dance Series, a deeply meditative, multimedia performative process that became the basis for her piece in the 2009 FringeArts Festival.
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The Institute of Contemporary Art set about organizing the first posthumous survey on the art of Jason Rhoades, consulting with the artist’s colleagues and collectors.
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Visiting Scholar Kristy Edmunds on the significance of interdisciplinary engagement among arts and cultural organizations.