Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Peggy Baker Dance Projects - Are You Okay March 1-13 in Toronto

From a media release:

Peggy Baker Dance Projects' presentation of Are You Okay,
a theatre/dance mutual biography in space
created and performed by
acclaimed dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker and award-winning playwright and actor Michael Healey,
directed by Necessary Angel Artistic Director Daniel Brooks.
March 1 to March 13, 2011 at Factory Studio Theatre.

Toronto, February 9, 2010, 2011 - Peggy Baker Dance Projects, in association with Necessary Angel, presents the world premiere of Are You Okay, a theatre/dance piece created and performed by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker and award-winning playwright and actor Michael Healey, directed by Necessary Angel Artistic Director Daniel Brooks. Are You Okay previews from March 1, opens March 4 and runs to March 13 at Factory Studio Theatre.

These three self-described 'very old artists' navigate a kinetic conversation about creation, physical mastery, body betrayal, the brutal humour of time and the ephemeral nature of professional competence. Baker and Healey create a mutual autobiography in space, a simultaneous one-man, one-woman show, colliding in flashes of blind, glorious accident.

Peggy Baker is one of Canada's most outstanding and influential dance artists. A founding member of Dancemakers (Toronto / 1974), she toured internationally with Lar Lubovitch, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris before debuting as a soloist in 1990. Appointed Artist-in-Residence at Canada's National Ballet School in 1992, Baker is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards. She is a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and is the recipient of the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement in dance.  She recently was awarded the 2010 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Michael Healey is an acclaimed television and stage actor and award-winning playwright whose work has toured nationally and internationally as well as being translated into multiple languages. The Drawer Boy, his first full-length play, premiered in Toronto in 1999 and won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play, a Chalmers Canadian Playwriting Award, and the Governor General's Literary Award. His other plays include Plan B (2002 Dora for Outstanding New Play), Generous (2007 Dora for Outstanding New Play)  and Courageous (2010 Dora for Outstanding New Play), among others.

Daniel Brooks has been a central figure in Canadian theatre for over 20 years.  He is currently the Artistic Director of Necessary Angel, and recently received the first Baillie fellowship at Soulpepper Theatre. He has won many awards, including being the first recipient of the prestigious Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for directing. His work has traveled across Canada and around the world.

Images of Michael Healey and Peggy Baker by John Lauener

Peggy Baker Dance Projects,  in association with Necessary Angel,
 presents the World Premiere of
Are You Okay
a mutual autobiography in space
Choreographed by Peggy Baker
Written by Michael Healey
Performed by Peggy Baker and Michael Healey
Directed by Daniel Brooks
Lighting by Rebecca Picherack
Composer and Musician: Debashis Sinha
Stage Manager: Crystal Salverda
Previews from March 1, Opens March 4 and runs to March 13, 2011
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 4pm
Tickets - Previews $15; Regular run $25 ($20 senior/student/CADA);
Sunday March 6 ONLY Pay-What-You-Can.
Factory Theatre Box Office: 416-504-9971 or online at www.peggybakerdance.com

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