> Red Brick

Chartier Danse and Arraymusic, in association with Harbourfront Centre

Red Brick

A dance and music event celebrating the work of Canadian composer Michael J. Baker
Fleck Dance Theatre/Harbourfront Centre as part of Next Steps series
Three performances Only: September 17, 18 and 19, 2010

Six dancers from the acclaimed Toronto based Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie perform C. V. (to the music of Columbus), choreographed by James Kudelka. Choreographer Peggy Baker of Peggy Baker Dance Projects created Encoded Revision, to be performed by dancer Brodie Stevenson with pianist John Kameel Farah. Percussionist Rick Sacks delivers The Waldo, a stunning work for solo marimba that Baker wrote especially for him. “It was a privilege having Michael as a friend and as a collaborator” comments Sacks, who was recently appointed artistic director of Toronto’s Arraymusic. “I am proud to continue his legacy by playing his music and by being his one of his successors at Arraymusic.”

Big Pictures, a multi-disciplinary full-evening work premiered in May 1992, is widely considered one of Baker’s major works – (hence the inspiration for this exceptional production). Marie-Josée Chartier has selected several excerpts from Big Pictures, starting with Red Brick. But this time, Chartier revives Red Brick with a brand new choreography. Other excerpts from Big Pictures include Train and Twins both performed by the excellent musicians from Arraymusic; One Day, in another brand new choreography by Serge Bennathan featuring Dancemakers alumni dancers Julia Aplin, Marie-Josée Chartier, Dan Wild and Carolyn Woods; and Girl in Mourning, a dance film by Heidi Strauss and Jeremy Mimnagh. Soprano Carla Huhtanen joins the musicians of Arraymusic for this special event.

Red Brick Programme / Michael J. Baker

More Pictures:
Rehearsal 'One Day', photos by Julia Gotz
Rehearsal 2 'Red Brick', photos by Julia Gotz
Rehearsal 3 'C.V.', photos by Omer Yukseker



Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine, September 16, 2010

...his wife, dancer and choreographer Marie-Josée Chartier, is keeping his legacy alive with a program of revivals and new choreography... Read the entire review


Guillaume Garcia, L'Express, September 14, 2010

Marie–Josée Chartier a souhaité souligner les dix ans du décès de son mari Michael J .Baker en montant un spectacle autour de l’œuvre immense qu’il a léguée. Des amis, danseurs, musiciens, chorégraphes, artistes visuels, tous de renommée internationale ou nationale se sont joints à elle pour mettre sur pied Red Brick, qui reprend le nom d’une composition de Michael J. Baker. Read the entire review















Chartier Danse would like to thank the following councils

for their support through project and production grants.