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locus plot dancer: Ric Brown

In preparation for locus plot, we wanted to get to know each of our fabulous dancers a little bit more. First up is Ric Brown. Ric’s repertoire with Peggy Baker Dance Projects includes move, Night Garden, Piano/Quartet, Split Screen Stereophonic, stone leaf shell skin, and land / body / breath

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PBDP: On your way to rehearsal, what are you listening to?
RB: On my iPod I flip from, Linda Ronstadt: Greatest Hits vol.2, Duffy: Rockferry, Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual, Kim Stockwood: 12 Years Old, Susan Boyle: Someone to Watch Over Me, Lady Antebellum: Need You Now, Gwen Stefani: Love Angel Music Baby

Do you have any pets?
No pets, love dogs.

What’s your favourite snack?
Addicted to Lays plain potato chips.

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Sarnia Ontario, grew up in Wallaceburg Ontario, parents still live in same house I grew up in.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I love living in Toronto, always wanted to be a part of the Stratford Festival doing Shakespeare so I would love to live there. Also I lived in New York for a summer and would definitely live there again.

What would be the title of your biography?
Biography, Just Ric, (cuz I dropped the Hard)

Which actor would play you in a movie?
Daniel Craig, because I love him!!!!

What’s the last thing you tried to DIY?
Re-covered 2 chair seats.

Tell us about your first dance class.
Took jazz in London Ontario in a studio in the basement of an old Biway store. music for going across the floor was Rhythm is a Dancer.

Seeing as this is a show influenced by math – a math question! What is the square root of pi?
Square root is 1.77 blah blah blah, there is no end. Actually wanted to be a math teacher until I took my first theatre class in grade 10, then I wanted to be an actor doing Shakespeare!!!!

Stay tuned for interviews with Sean Ling, Kate Holden, Sarah Fregeau and Sahara Morimoto. And be sure to catch them in locus plot, April 24 – May 3

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6 weeks with Peggy Baker

We’re fortunate to welcome a new dancer to the company this year: Mateo Galindo Torres will join the company for the premiere of Peggy’s latest – stone leaf shell skin – in March, and will perform coalesce in British Columbia in January. A busy first year! Here’s Mateo on what his first few weeks with Peggy have been like: 

Working with Peggy Baker Dance Projects is for sure one of the best things that could ever happen for my career. Peggy is not only an incredible choreographer, performer, and admirable dance artist in general, but one of the most welcoming and generous people I’ve ever met.

Mateo rehearsing stone leaf shell skin. Photo: Makoto Hirata.

Mateo rehearsing stone leaf shell skin. Photo: Makoto Hirata.

I remember my first day: nervous to death, I arrived to rehearsal about 40 min early. I needed to make sure I was warm and ready to do anything that was asked of me. 10 min before rehearsal started, I was still by myself in the studio.

Did I read the schedule wrong? Was I in the wrong place? I rapidly went to my phone and checked my email.

All good. 5 min before rehearsal started, Ric Brown arrived, and shortly after Sean Ling appeared. “They must be warm already,” I thought to myself. Right on time, Peggy arrived. She welcomed us and calmly told us to warm up and do anything we needed to do to be ready for rehearsal…I figured 40 min is probably way too much.

Mateo with dancers Ric Brown and Sean Ling, and Peggy Baker. Photo: Makoto Hirata.

Mateo with dancers Sean Ling and Ric Brown, and Peggy Baker. Photo: Makoto Hirata.

While I knew Peggy from my time at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, I’d never had a rehearsal with her before that day. It was very surprising seeing how open she is to all of the dancers’ needs and thoughts. It was like arriving to heaven on earth.

Don’t get me wrong: we worked hard, really hard. Once rehearsal actually started, I don’t think we stopped moving at all until our break. I can say I’ve done about 10 different variations on the same sequence in about an hour of rehearsal in order to find the right idea that portrays whatever is in Peggy’s mind. It is very challenging work, but it is made easier knowing I can rely on my fellow dancers. As with Peggy, they are super open, welcoming, and supportive. It is like a river of good energy flows around the whole troupe.

Working with Peggy is a dream job, and I consider myself very lucky to have landed in such an amazing place. I cannot be more grateful for the opportunity.

Sean, Ric, and Mateo in rehearsal. Photo: Makoto Hirata.

Sean, Ric, and Mateo in rehearsal. Photo: Makoto Hirata.

stone leaf shell skin premieres March 2014. Tickets will be on sale later this year. Stay tuned!

Piano/Quartet at the NAC

Peggy, along with pianist John Kameel Farah and dancers Sahara Morimoto, Andrea Nann, Ric Brown, Sean Ling, and Benjamin Kamino just wrapped up a fabulous run in Ottawa of Piano/Quartet. Thanks so much to our Ottawa fans for making those performances so wonderful!

A welcome gift from Cathy Levy and the NAC staff. Photo by Sahara Morimoto.

A welcome gift from Cathy Levy and the NAC staff. Photo by Sahara Morimoto.

For our friends that didn’t make it to the nation’s capital last week, we have some great writing from La Press / Maude Cucchi (en français!) and The Ottawa Dance Blog / Susan Hickman about the show:

“Voix flûtée, rires pudiques: la danseuse et chorégraphe Peggy Baker se livre par souvenirs ponctués de silences. En creux, il y a ce long laps de temps pendant lequel on ne l’a plus vue au Centre national des arts. Plus de 10 ans. La Torontoise en a désormais 60 et parle d’«une longue transition: le corps a changé, les préoccupations personnelles et artistiques aussi».” Read more here.

“Dancers generally have short-lived stage careers. But, at 60, Baker shows no lack of flexibility or stamina. In her words, ‘I believe in time it will become ordinary for dancers to dance into their 60s.’” Read more here.

While in Ottawa, Peggy performed The Disappearance of Right and Left for students at Broadview Public School. Our thanks to those wonderful young people for their enthusiasm for dance!

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