Landmark Solos

In the Fire of Conflict (2008) - danced by Benjamin Kamino with Beverley Johnston on marimba, original composition by Christos Hatzis.

Portal (2008) - danced by Peggy Baker in silence. Winner of the 2008/09 Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Performance and New Choreography. 

Sylvan Quartet (1998) - danced by Sahara Morimoto, music by Chan Ka Nin performed live with cello, clarinet and piano.

Encoded Revision (1996) - danced by Benjamin Kamino with John Kameel Farah on piano, original score by Michael J. Baker – 2012/13 Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male in the Dance Division. 

In a Landscape (1995) - danced by Andrea Nann with John Kameel Farah on piano,  music by John Cage – 2012/13 Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female in the Dance Division. 

Recent performances of these solos include Betty Oliphant Theatre 2012 and 2013; National Arts Centre Ottawa 2013. Upcoming: Art of Time Ensemble presents In the Fire of Conflict (danced by Benjamin Kamino), Toronto, February 2014, Betty Oliphant Theatre March/April 2014.


Booking

Any of the Landmark Solos are available for main stage touring.  Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to perform In the Fire of Conflict, Sylvan Quartet, or In a Landscape to recorded music. 

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Bookings and information: Meredith Potter


Reviews

In the Fire of Conflict

…extraordinary…fiery intensity and explosive physicality…
— Michael Crabb, Toronto Star

Portal

Beginning from clear and simple premises, Baker generates a rich and abundant expression that suggests a thousand and one questions of identity. A great success.
— Stephanie Brody, La Presse, Montreal
the economy and expressiveness of a fine etching…heroic, mysterious, sublime.
— Michael Crabb, Toronto Star

Sylvan Quartet

When she chooses collaborators, Baker selects the very best. [Amici Ensemble’s] physical energy is as much an integral part of the work’s choreographic fabric as their music making. Baker, however, is the animator of Chan Ka Nin’s richly textured score.
— Michael Crabb, National Post

Encoded Revision

Encoded Revision…dates back to 1997, and the intervening 16 years has not dimmed its raucous swagger. … Everything about this solo works. The high octane energy of the dance itself. The sporadic bits of text shouted by Kamino and Farah. The visuals of the flying music paper. It is an utterly engaging romp…
— Paula Citron / Globe and Mail

In a Landscape

A finely crafted solo, with carefully articulated movement perfectly matched to a John Cage composition.
— Lewis Hertzman, Dance Magazine
The estimable Andrea Nann puts her personal stamp on Baker’s 1995 solo In a Landscape; the choreographer’s own remembered presence in the same work hovers like a distant echo.
— Michael Crabb, Toronto Star

Gallery  

In the Fire of Conflict, 2008. Photography by John Launer

Portal, 2008. Photography by John Launer

Sylvan Quartet, 1999. Photography by Makoto Hirata

Encoded Revision, 1996. Photography by Makoto Hirata

In a Landscape, 1995. Photography by John Lauener