2018/19 Emerging Artist Program

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Peggy Baker Dance Projects is pleased to offer the second annual Emerging Artists Program in 2018/19, taking place intermittently from August 2018 - February 2019. This program is an exceptional opportunity for four emerging dancers (two men and two women) to deepen and expand their artistry by training and rehearsing alongside our company dancers, under the direction of Peggy Baker.

This multi-faceted program will include:

·       special involvement in our Dance Educators' Seminar / August 7 - 10, 2018
·       full participation in our week-long August Intensive / August 13 - 17, 2018
·       reconstruction of the 24-minute double duet, Split Screen Stereophonic, staged by company dancers and coached by Peggy Baker
·       performances of this work in early October, 2018
·       classes with Resident Dance Trainer Christine Wright
·       shadow our company dancers in rehearsals for the upcoming work, who we are in the dark

There is no remuneration for participation in this program. However, of the four emerging artists chosen for this program, dancers with the requisite technical skills may also be invited to demonstrate for Peggy Baker’s technique classes at Canada’s National Ballet School – September through November – for which they would be paid according to CADA standards.

 
[The Emerging Artists Program] has shone a light on many concepts and ideas that have now become extremely vital to my artistic practice.
— Sonja Boretski, 2017 participant
[Peggy Baker] was always so amazing at showing me the simplicity in the complexity.
— Anya Tregubova, 2017 participant
 

2017/18 RBC Emerging Artists Project

 
 

Through the generous support of RBC, Peggy Baker Dance Projects was able to offer the exceptional opportunity for three emerging dancers to deepen and expand their artistry by training and rehearsing alongside our company dancers, under the direction of Peggy Baker

This multi-faceted program included:

  • our week-long August Intensive / August 14 – 19, 2017
  • 2 weeks of rehearsal alongside one of three professional dancers preparing a solo choreographed by Peggy Baker for our Toronto season
  • 10 hours of individual coaching with Ms. Baker
  • a matinee showcase performance of the solo at The Theatre Centre / Friday, February, 23, 2018
  • 6 weeks of daily classes with Resident Dance Trainer Christine Wright, aligned with the unique schedule of each emerging artist

Our amazing 2017/18 RBC Emerging Artists were:

Sonja Boretski

At this stage in my career, I am interested in focusing on multilayered tasks rather than strictly virtuosic movement. This is something I see clearly in Peggy’s work. Her ability to craft work that exudes a perfect balance between technique as well as abstract concepts and mindfulness, is something that I would love to talk about and explore with her. To work under the wing of someone as generous and knowledgeable as Peggy Baker would give me the tools to make that next step in my career of becoming a more mature and intelligent artist that I am more than ready to take.

Sasha Ludavicius

While studying at STDT, I was given an opportunity to work with Peggy Baker and was naturally drawn to seek her advice and perspectives about the art form of dance. Based upon my diverse training and professional experiences, I have developed a certain approach to dancing. I thrive to expand my dexterity as an artist by exploring teaching dance, dramaturgy and being politically aware. I desire the chance to be able to investigate new movements, qualities, styles, and theatrics through improvisation and set repertory. With her vast professional performance experiences and dedication towards a thriving dance career, given the opportunity to be mentored by Peggy would profoundly transform my dancing.

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Anya Tregubova

When I had the opportunity to dance in a new work by Peggy Baker at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, I was instantly drawn by the way she derived her ideas and how she set the movements according to them. I have a passion for choreography and love learning various ways to communicate messages through dance. I created three dance works in the past year all playing with the idea of creating a series of movements that I could manipulate yet still maintain the original intention. I produced movements and pedestrian gestures; each time trying to create by feeling the intention of what I was trying to say prior to moving at all. Ultimately, I look to broaden my perspectives on dance and choreography as well as interact with like-minded individuals.