a true story

a true story (1998) recounts the negotiations concerning role and relationship that arise between a girl and her father’s new wife. Performed in silence, and employing both text and movement, a series of episodes cycle through unique iterations before culminating in an unexpected outcome.

a true story is a flexible, 12 minute work that can be programmed alongside The Disappearance of Right and Left or on mixed programs with other artists.

Previous performances: various across Ontario, including Ottawa Storytelling Festival 2012.


choreography: Peggy Baker

dancer: Peggy Baker


a true story is available for booking as a part of our Storytelling Repertoire. For booking information please contact: Meredith Potter


Ms Baker, a Canadian whose superlative dancing and clever choreography are well known in New York, started off with a true story. Her initial stamps, violent torso rotations and emphatic arm folding seemed like pure dance. Suddenly the gestures were imbued with dramatic meaning and illustrations of words spoken by the dancer.
— Anna Kisselgoff / New York Times


a true story, presented during the COC Free Concert Series, 2011. Photography by Chris Hutcheson