who we are in the dark

Choreographed by acclaimed Canadian dance artist Peggy Baker, who we are in the dark offers the immediacy of daring contemporary dance; supercharged live music; and sophisticated design elements from artists working with pigment, projection, and light. Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld, both members of Grammy and Juno award-winning rock band Arcade Fire, are joined on stage by seven extraordinary dancers in a work that explores and illuminates shifting identities, betrayals, secrets, and intimacies played out in the dark.

who we are in the dark is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Danse Danse, National Arts Centre, The Banff Centre and Fall for Dance North in partnership with Canadian Stage and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. This work was developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.


concept, choreographic composition, direction: Peggy Baker

movement invention:
Peggy Baker with the performers*

composers/musicians: Jeremy Gara, Sarah Neufeld

visual artist: John Heward

projection: Jeremy Mimnagh

lighting: Marc Parent

costumes: Robyn Macdonald

vocalography: Fides Krucker

*The dancers’ collaboration in creating the movement language for this work was absolutely vital. An intense period of initial movement exploration was undertaken with Kate Holden, Sarah Fregeau and David Norsworthy, and their artistry permeates the choreography. Every dancer who was in the studio during creation has left their imprint: Sahara Morimoto, Mairi Greig, Jarrett Siddall, Naishi Wang, and Benjamin Kamino, as well as – very early on – Ric Brown and Corrado Cerruto.

Upcoming Performances:

Guanajuato, Mexico
Festival Internacional Cervantino
Teatro Principal
October 19 - 20, 2019

The 2019 National Tour:

World Premiere - Toronto
Fall for Dance North / Canadian Stage
Bluma Appel Theatre
Feb 21 - 24, 2019

Danse Danse
Théâtre Maisonneuve
Feb 27 - Mar 2, 2019

Socrates Project
McMaster University
March 6, 2019

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Eric Harvie Theatre
March 9, 2019

Yukon Arts Centre
March 13, 2019

The Grand Theatre
Regina Rosen Auditorium
Apr 9, 2019

National Arts Centre
Babs Asper Theatre
Apr 12 - 13, 2019


who we are in the dark is available for main stage touring. For more information and bookings contact Marlene Stirrett-Matson.

who we are in the dark 2019. Photography by Jeremy Mimnagh

Banff Residency, 2018. Photography by Jeremy Mimnagh

Creation, Toronto, 2016. Photography by Jeremy Mimnagh