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Live music and dance at two theatres with two of Canada's outstanding
contemporary choreographers.
April 15-16, 2005

2 SHOWS FOR THE PRICE OF 1 Your ticket to one show gets you in to the other at no extra charge. Just keep your ticket from the first show you go to and use it to get in FREE to the other. So if you go to the 10pm show on the 15th, keep your ticket and get in free to the 8pm show on the 16th. Tickets are not sold in advance but can be reserved - 745-1788 - and then purchased at the door.

8 pm at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre:
from Toronto
Peggy Baker with Andrew Burashko, piano.

$15 / $12 for students, seniors, underemployed
Call 745-1788 to reserve.

10 pm at the Gordon Best Theatre:
from Montreal
Laurence Lemieux with Bill Coleman and
Christopher Butterfield (Victoria), voice and sound.
$12 / $9 for students, seniors, underemployed
Call 745-1788 to reserve.


Coleman Lemieux & Cie presents
Les Paradis Perdus
(world premiere)

Following the success of her recent duet Varenka, Varenka! in the two Peterboroughs (St. Petersburg, Russia and Peterborough, Canada in 2003) and elsewhere, Laurence Lemieux brings us a brand new creation, Les Paradis Perdus, accompanied by an original sound/poetry score composed and performed by Christopher Butterfield, danced by herself and partner Bill Coleman.

A hypnotic, kinetic maze of sound and movement presented in seven tableaux, and inspired by the choreographer's childhood memories, Les Paradis Perdus is a complex character study of our three heroes as they dance through, rise above, and sometimes slip out of their paradise(s) lost and found.

After twenty years of performing works by some of North America's greatest choreographers, Laurence Lemieux has turned her focus towards creating stark, breathtaking works of personal and emotional clarity. Her technical fluidity and generosity as a performer instill her work with a misleading simplicity that allows audiences a glimpse into the touching and complex worlds created by this thoughtful artist.

"... wondrously strong dancing gives (Lemieux) the emphasis of a Picasso woman.."
- Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

Les Paradis Perdus marks the fifth presentation of Lemieux's work in Peterborough since 1995, and is the latest collaboration between Lemieux, Butterfield and Coleman. Their most recent work together was on Coleman's epic Convoy PQ 17, a full-length dance accompanied by orchestra and chorus which premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2001, and has since played Montreal and Victoria, where Butterfield is resident composer with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

"The display of control by these two (Coleman & Lemieux) is nothing less than remarkable.
Making this constrained work appear simple is a real feat. All the elements of stagecraft
are employed to great effectiveness in this heartrending work
- Jonothan Fiddler, The Peterborough Examiner

"...stunning vocalizing by Christopher Butterfield, a Canadian composer, that stole the show."
- Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

Born in Quebec City, Laurence Lemieux received her training at l'Ecole Supérieure de danse du Québec, and at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. In 1986 she joined the Toronto Dance Theatre and danced in the works of David Earle, Peter Randazzo, Patricia Beatty, and Christopher House. During her years at Toronto Dance Theatre (1986-1994), while teaching in the School's professional program, Lemieux choreographed and presented her own work. Crosswalk, a haunting minimalist solo she performed at the Canada Dance Festival in 1994, typified what has become her choreographic trademark: a gentle nostalgia offering subtle glimpses into her past. Amber Silence, La Mer, Les Limbes, Déserteurs and Nuit de la St- Jean, all delve into the realm of memory and deliver a mysterious atmosphere and evocative mixture of characters. In 1997, she choreographed Hiver Dernier for Toronto Dance Theatre, and created a group work as part of a choreographic lab with Peter Boneham for Toronto's Dancemakers. Laurence has also danced for: James Kudelka, Margie Gillis, Tere O'Connor, William Douglas, Benoit Lachambre, Bill Coleman, and Jean-Pierre Perreault. In 1998, she performed Cryptoversa, a solo created by Christopher House, at the 1998 Dancers for Life event, for which she won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Dance Performance. In January 2001 Over Lockerbie, a solo commissioned by dancer/choreographer Michael Trent, premiered at Artworld Theatre in Toronto, and her dance work Novembre premiered in New York City, in September 2001. Her latest work, Varenka, Varenka! premiered in Montreal in January 2003

Born in Berwick, Nova Scotia in 1961, Bill Coleman studied dance at the Doreen Bird School of Dance in London. His professional career started in 1979 with Sir Anton Dolin of the Dublin City Ballet. Since then, Bill has created over 50 works and performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co., Tere O'Connor Dance, Wiesbaden Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, The Martha Graham Dance Company, William Douglas Danse, Jean-Pierre Perreault and others. In New York in 1988, he received the Jerome Foundation's First Light Award for Baryshnikov: The Other Story. His other works include: Zorro (nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award); Shane; Glory Days; Monsters Midway ("a sideshow to inspire laughter and tears ... a drug-induced dream choreographed by Fellini," according to the Toronto Star) and Heartland, a solo which inspired the filmmaker Laura Taler to create a documentary on Coleman's work and life. Heartland, the film, was awarded Best Dance Film at the Toronto Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, and Best Experimental Film at Toronto's HOT DOCS. Bill has also been commissioned to create dances for Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, Balletworks of New York, and the solo artist Felicia Norton. Coleman regularly collaborates with diverse groups and communities in the creation of one-of-a-kind theatrical events. These have included working with the Ojibway community of Heron Bay, the International Trade Club of Toronto, Pedahbun Lodge Residential Addiction Treatment Centre, and various schools. In 1996, Coleman created Welcome Back, Buffalo Bill, a three-act wild west show with Vietnam veteran and pow wow dancer Boye Ladd. His latest work, Convoy PQ. 17 premiered in St-Petersburg, Russia August 31, 2001 and is the subject of the Russian documentary film Letter to a friend. Bill's work has been presented in Scotland, Italy, Singapore, and Russia, throughout the United States and Canada. He is the recipient of the 2002 Jacqueline Lemieux Award from the Canada Council of the Arts.

Christopher Butterfield
Christopher Butterfield was born in Vancouver in 1952. His musical career started at the age of 8, when he won a place in the choir of King's College, Cambridge, where he absorbed the English choral tradition. On returning to Canada in 1966, he was immediately exposed to the artistic and musical avant-garde, and top-forty radio. He's been trying to bring all these elements together ever since. In the seventies he studied composition at the University of Victoria with Rudolf Komorous, and with Bülent Arel at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Moving to Toronto in 1977, he was active in that city's performance-art/sound poetry world. Co-founder of the rock band Klo, he played the Queen Street clubs for years. In 1988 he was invited to write music for dancer Benoît Lachambre, which led to several collaborations with choreographers Jennifer Mascall and Bill Coleman. Butterfield returned to the west coast in 1992 to teach composition at the University of Victoria. His opera Zürich 1916, on a libretto by John Bentley Mays, was given its premiere at the Banff Festival of the Arts in August 1998. In 1999 he was appointed resident composer of the Victoria Symphony. In August 2001 Convoy PQ17, a 65' work for chorus and orchestra, had its first performance in St. Petersburg, Russia. Butterfield's music has been played in Poland, Finland, Slovakia and France. He's been commissioned by most of the major Canadian contemporary music ensembles. Recordings are available on the Artifact and CBC labels.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects' Unfold
An evening of inspired collaborations and virtuoso performances
with dancer Peggy Baker and pianist Andrew Burashko

The program opens with Peggy Baker's Unfold, a deeply personal and riveting work, created in 2000 and danced to Scriabin's rapturous Opus 11 Preludes. Second on the program is her latest creation, a six-minute piece danced without accompaniment, a way to master silence.

The third work, Heaven, is by acclaimed New York choreographer Doug Varone. Created in 2003 to music by Cesar Franck, this is the fourth of his works to be produced by Baker's company. Varone also choreographed the spare and harrowing movement play The Volpe Sisters for Baker in 1989 and has contributed two other masterful duets to her repertoire: In Thine Eyes and Home. Varone and Baker have been collaborators for nearly a quarter of a century; she says "His influence on my dancing has been enormous."

The Disappearance of Right and Left was created for Baker in 2004 by the inimitable dance artist Sarah Chase. This is a first commission by Baker from a choreographer who is neither part of her own generation nor senior to her. "The creative process has been refreshing and deeply inspiring," she says. "Sarah's works for herself and others have been based primarily in autobiography and composed of movement layered with text and music. This duet continues in the same rich vein as I draw on very personal material. The frankness and structure of this new dance are unlike anything I've tackled in the past so it is a thrilling, and scary, departure."

Peggy Baker
Peggy Baker has been a vibrant presence in the world of contemporary dance since the early seventies. She was a founder and artistic director of Dancemakers and toured internationally with Lar Lubovitch before joining Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inaugural season of the White Oak Dance Project. Her concerts have been presented across North America and Europe including New York's St. Mark's Danspace, the Copenhagen International Dance Festival, and Belgium's Time Festival. She has received the Order of Ontario, two Dora Awards for Outstanding Performance, and the Toronto Arts Council 2002 Margot Bindhardt Award.

Andrew Burashko
Russian-born Canadian pianist Andrew Burashko is among the most distinguished artists of his generation, highly acclaimed for his lyricism. A sought after soloist who has performed in every major city in Canada as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Budapest, Helsinki, Paris and other European centres, he is also the Artistic Director of the Art of Time Ensemble, a chamber music society comprised of the finest players on the Canadian scene.

"Masterful Baker merges body, mind….It isn't often that one sees dancing of this calibre,
so completely achieving what it set out to do
- William Littler, Toronto Star(Jan. 19, 2003)

"compelling reasons why dance-lovers should see Baker's latest show….
First, there's Baker's own mesmerizing dancing; second, there's Andrew Burashko's alert and expressive piano accompaniment…. [She is] one of the finest dancers on stage anywhere today
- Michael Crabb, National Post (Nov. 14, 2000)

"A legend in the world of contemporary dance… stylishly achieving the highest levels of performance.
There is nobody quite like [Baker] on a stage…. The power, swiftness and concentration of
her movements seem natural emanations of a body that is part Giacometti sculpture,
part Picasso cubist portrait…. Peggy Baker starts with a big serving of smarts
- Urjo Kareda, Toronto Life (Nov. 2000)