who we are in the dark

Peggy Baker Dance Projects Toronto
  • Concept, choreographic composition and direction by Peggy Baker

Choreographed by acclaimed Canadian dance artist Peggy Baker, who we are in the dark offers the immediacy of daring contemporary dance, supercharged live music, and sophisticated design elements from artists working with pigment, projection, and light.

who we are in the dark is Peggy’s largest project to date, featuring seven outstanding dancers, and live music commissioned from - and performed live by - violinist Sarah Neufeld and drummer Jeremy Gara, both from the Grammy and JUNO Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire.   The work explores and illuminates shifting identities, betrayals, secrets, and intimacies played out in the dark.

© Jeremy Mimnagh


Peggy Baker Dance Projects is dedicated to offering experiences of significance, personal connection, and transformative potential to our audience through the power and beauty of the art of dance. Distinguished from the outset by collaborations with extraordinary creators and performers, the company has built an exceptional body of work and a growing slate of education, engagement, and enrichment programs for all ages and abilities.

Creative team

  • Concept, choreographic composition and direction by Peggy Baker
  • Composers/Musicians Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld
  • Visual Artist John Heward
  • Projection Jeremy Mimnagh
  • Lighting Marc Parent
  • Costumes Robyn Macdonald

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $120,000 will enhance who we are in the dark’s final development trajectory, which culminates in a week-long technical residency in a fully equipped theatre with the entire creative team and all the final design elements.


who we are in the dark is a co-production of the CanDance Network Creation Fund, Danse Danse, National Arts Centre, the Banff Centre and Fall for Dance North in partnership with Canadian Stage and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.  Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Recent updates

February 23, 2019

Jusqu’aux tréfonds de l’inconscient avec Peggy Baker

Article in French Figure de référence de la danse moderne au Canada, Peggy Baker pose depuis plusieurs décennies le dialogue corps-instrument à l’avant-scène. Mais bien que la musique occupe une place de choix dans son travail, c’est avant tout par les mots que la créatrice trouve... Read more

February 21, 2019

Kindred collaboration has artists dancing in the dark

It was an arranged artistic marriage; two creators of different generations, one a doyenne of contemporary dance, the other an indie rock luminary. But it didn’t take long for Toronto choreographer Peggy Baker and Montreal-based violinist Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire and Bell... Read more

February 10, 2019

Spotlight on Peggy Baker

Peggy Baker sits at a table, her hands on her face, her eyes focused on the rehearsal in front of her. The stage manager’s table is organized with scrap paper, Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer, knee pads, nuts, candies and chocolates, a box of tissues, Arnica Muscle... Read more

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Performance dates

February 21 to 24, 2019: Bluma Appel Theatre (Toronto) presented by Canadian Stage in collaboration with Fall for Dance North

February 27 to March 2, 2019:  Theatre Maisonneuve (Montreal) presented by Danse Danse

March 6, 2019:  First Ontario Concert Hall (Hamilton), presented by The Socrates Project, MacMaster University

March 9, 2019:  Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre

March 13, 2019:  Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse)

April 9, 2019:  The Grand Theatre (Kingston)

April 12 and 13, 2019: Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa) presented by NAC Dance

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