Scriabin / Unfold – A Post by Natasha Frid

Natasha Frid, one of Canada’s rare dance notators, has been blogging for The Choreographer’s Trust. Her latest post touches on Peggy’s Unfold and composer Alexander Scriabin:

natasha notation“I was at Sainte-Geneviève with Marie Chouinard a few weeks ago where her dancers were performing Les 24 Prėludes de Chopin. I was struck by something Marie said during her pre-talk with the audience. Normally Preludes are a precursor for something, like Bach’s Preludes and Fugues. But Chopin’s are a series of Preludes alone. They stand on their own, complete vignettes that are not introducing anything — aside from the next piano piece in the series. I realized that I had never thought of Peggy Baker’s Unfold in this context, which is set to Scriabin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 11, but that the structure is identical.”

(read the full post here)

Natasha’s skill in Benesh notation has enriched The Choreographer’s Trust series, which dancers can access free-of-charge from DCD to learn choreographies from Peggy’s repertoire. In February 2013, Peggy is hosting an intimate workshop using The Choreographer’s Trust materials, which will explore the highly distilled and challenging choreography of In a Landscape. Dancers and dance students interested in this unique training opportunity can find registration details on our website!


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