Sahara Morimoto’s trip down memory lane…

Playing with time, memory and transformation, Phase Space features six extraordinary dancers, Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, Sean Ling, Sahara Morimoto, and Andrea Nann. Peggy asked each dancer to select their favourite movements from previous works of hers in which they performed. She then worked with these fragments, manipulating, layering and/or folding them in on one another, to transform these episodes into rich new possibilities. 

In the spirit of memory, we asked each dancers a few questions which bring them down memory lane…..

Sahara Morimoto

Which dance production/performance will you always remember?

I love seeing performances, so there are many…

One of them was last season, a performance of Doug Varone and Dancers at Joyce Theatre. It was the final production in New York for my dear friend Julia Burrer, and also for long time company member Eddie Taketa before they left the company.  So on top of master choreographies and dancing, I felt extra special that I got to be in the audience.

Which choreographer, from any era would you like to work with?

I have long lists of artists who I dream to be in their choreography, and to dance with…!


Piano/Quartet 2012. Photo by John Lauener

Do you remember the first time you discovered Peggy Baker?

In her grade nine Modern class at Canada’s National Ballet School.


Sahara and Peggy in Thunder Bay 2015. Photo by Keegan Richard.

What song are you itching do dance to?

To all the good ones!

I’ve been meaning to get Joshua Van Tassel’s album, Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion, so once I do, I look forward warming up to new music.


Sahara Morimoto at the August Intensive 2015. Photo by Makoto Hirata

Do you have a signature dance move?

I can’t think of any, but my dance colleagues may able to point out some Sahara-moves!

What’s your earliest dance related memory?

Bon festival in Niigata Japan.

It’s a festival in the summer to celebrate the visiting of the spirits of ancestors. Each region has a different song and dance to go with it. I remember that I wore a Yukata (summer kimono) that my grandmother made for me, which always made the experience of the festival very special.

For Peggy Baker Dance Projects:

Sahara was the Artistic Associate for Peggy Baker Dance Projects from January 2008 – June 2015. She has assisted with rehearsals, participated in The Choreographer’s Trust year three (Unfold and Brute ), and performs in Aleatoria, Aleatoric Solo No. 1, coalesce, Encoded Revision, Geometry of the Circle, In a Landscape, land | body | breath, locus plot, move, Night Garden, on earth, The Perfect Word, Piano/Quartet, Split Screen Stereophonic, Sylvan Quartet, and Yang.


Sahara in The Perfect Word (2015). Photo by Makoto Hirata

To watch Sahara in motion, join us for Phase Space, January 22-30. For tickets and info visit here


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