As Peggy Baker tours Western Canada with her work, the artist will spend a few days in Vancouver in residency with the Western Front and will perform and teach at EDAM.
choreography and direction: Sarah Chase
text and performance: Peggy Baker
sound design: Debashis Sinha
Arabic vocalist: Maryem Hassan Tollar
recording of Nina Simone, used with permission
lighting design: James Proudfoot
technical director / stage manager: Gabriel Cropley
“In 2003 I turned to the extraordinary dance artist Sarah Chase to make a work for me. Sarah creates in a genre she describes as dancestories, and preliminary to working together she set me the task of writing two stories for every year of my life. When the time came to go into the studio together, I told Sarah that there was one aspect of my life that I hadn’t written about and could not share in the public sphere. Sarah agreed to my caveat, and we went on to create a piece titled The Disappearance of Right and Left. In March of 2017, I sat down at a desk, in a small room, in a huge house in Bogliasco, Italy to remember and write the stories I had not been ready to share. Over the next months, Sarah and I worked together to distill my writing as a dancestory titled unmoored. The episodes I recount in unmoored describe events during the 20-year arc of my marriage to the musician, composer, and disability rights activist, Ahmed Hassan.” Peggy Baker
unmoored was created with the invaluable support of a fellowship with the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy; and through subsequent residencies at Tiamat House on Hornby Island B.C., (through the generosity of Judith Lawrence); and Ottawa Dance Directive, Artistic Director Yvonne Coutts / Associate Director Lana Morton.