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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.

Tour inquiries: Marlene Stirrett-Matson (

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 enhanced who we are in the dark’s final development trajectory, which culminated in a week-long technical residency in a fully equipped theatre with the entire creative team and 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

April 12, 2019

Arcade Fire members score Peggy Baker dance show at NAC

There’s dance music and there’s dance music. Arcade Fire has flirted with funkier sounds on its last couple albums, but band members Sarah Neufeld and Ottawa’s Jeremy Gara up the ante with Who We Are In the Dark, their new collaboration with Canadian contemporary dance icon Peggy... Read more

April 9, 2019

No fear: Into the dark with Peggy Baker

By Peter Robb “When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin For the legendary Canadian dance artist Peggy Baker, the idea of creating a work called who we are in the dark was full of meaning, both metaphysical and deeply personal. The idea sprang out of... Read more

April 3, 2019

Who We are in the Dark : Dans une nuit profonde

Review in French only Par Guylaine Massoutre On ne s’attendait pas à voir associer les noms d’Arcade Fire et de Peggy Baker, sur la scène du théâtre Maisonneuve, dans une chorégraphie de la très précise, très douée, aussi technique que sensible. C’est pourtant la seconde fois que... Read more

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Performance dates

Previous Performances

February 21 to 24, 2019: World premiere at the 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

October 19 and 20, 2019: Teatro Principal (Mexico) Festival Internacional Cervantino 

February 6 to 8, 2020:  Theater aan het Spui (The Hague), presented by the Holland Dance Festival

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