Exhibitionists

Dance legend Peggy Baker collabed with members of Arcade Fire to look at who we are in the dark

Peggy Baker, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara work together to create a performance about intimacy, identity and secrets.

Peggy Baker, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara work to create a performance about intimacy, identity and secrets

(CBC Arts)

For the past little while, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire have been heading to a rehearsal space packed with dancers. The group is led by Peggy Baker, an icon of Canadian dance. Put together, the trio, plus a group of incredible dancers, are a supergroup creating an investigation into who we are in the dark.

Watch the video:

Peggy Baker, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara work together to create a performance about intimacy, identity and secrets. 4:33

The collaboration has happened before - violinist Neufeld and choreographer Baker have worked together to investigate the same question. As you'll see in this video made by filmmaker Caitlin Durlak, the movements Baker creates are live-scored by Neufeld, who musically responds to the dancers in the studio. And you get the inside scoop — you're headed to rehearsal just a few days before Who We Are in the Dark begins its run in Toronto. 

If you're able, catch Who We Are in the Dark while it's in Toronto at Canadian Stage — it's on until February 24.

(CBC Arts)

Keep up with Sarah Neufeld here, Jeremy Gara here and Peggy Baker here.

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About the Author

Caitlin Durlak is a Toronto-based documentary filmmaker whose work often focuses on individuals and perseverance.