locus plot is a dynamic new, full-evening work inspired by pristine mathematical equations – intensified by voice, live music and charged physical interactions.
For locus plot, “I’m spinning off on pristine mathematical equations that describe movement in space,” enthuses Baker. Five exceptional company dancers – Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, Sean Ling and Sahara Morimoto – disrupt the underpinnings of schematic mathematical formulae as they explode, collapse and slide into dramatic dance-theatre scenes, while handwritten equations and locus diagrams are projected over the stage.
Baker enlisted three brilliant artists in the development of locus plot. Mathematician John Mighton (Governor General’s Award-winning playwright) helped her navigate the mathematics that inspired the movement, while vocalographer Fides Krucker brings, according to Baker, a new “dimension into my work through vocalization, and it’s been transformative for me.” Pianist and electronic music composer John Kameel Farah created the score, which he performs live.
Costumes are by Robyn Macdonald and lighting design is by Marc Parent, who won a 2013 Dora Award for Baker’s Stereophonic and was nominated in 2014 for Peggy Baker’s Aleatoric Duet No.2 (he:she).
locus plot runs 60 minutes with no intermission.
“…math conjures ideas of a perfect universe, of elegance, harmony and precision. It’s these qualities that Baker is so good at both capturing and questioning in her piece.”
-Martha Schabas, The Globe and Mail (full article)
“..always enthralling to watch” – 4/4 stars
-Michael Crabb, Toronto Star (full article)
“Peggy Baker’s first evening-length work for an ensemble of dancers is a wonder of intricacy and construction.”
-Kathleen Smith, NOW Magazine (full article)
“a work of arresting beauty and vitality. Go.”
-Mark Mann, MooneyonTheatre (full article)
nominated for the 2014/15 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Lighting Design – Marc Parent, locus plot
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To see images of a lecture demonstration of locus plot as part of the Canadian Opera’s lunchtime series, click here.