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Peggy Baker: Four Phrases

2009 5 min
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Built around an intimate interview with the acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer, Peggy Baker Four Phrases is an artful animation and documentary hybrid that travels through a variety of techniques to celebrate Baker's work and legacy. This film was produced for the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

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Built around an intimate interview with the acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer, Peggy Baker Four Phrases is an artful animation and documentary hybrid that travels through a variety of techniques to celebrate Baker's work and legacy. This film was produced for the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Award.
  • recipient
    Peggy Baker
  • writer
    Howie Shia
  • director
    Howie Shia
  • animation
    Howie Shia
    Lillian Chan
  • cinematographer
    Alan Poon
  • sound recordist
    Igal Petel
  • assistant camera
    Brendan O'Brien
  • production manager
    Ashley Shields-Muir
  • original music
    Tim Shia
  • original music performer
    Dafydd Hughes
    Tim Shia
  • sound editor
    Matt Hedlin
  • re-recording engineer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Luc Léger
  • online editor
    Yannick Carrier
  • technical coordinator
    Julie Laperrière
  • production assistance
    Rachel Punwassie
    Marcus Matyas
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
  • marketing manager
    Mia Desroches
    Kay Leung
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima

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Ages 12 to 17
Baker describes dance as transformation. Who/what do you think it transforms, and why? Discuss dance as a way to connect to the “vivid experiences of your physical body” in everyday life; students provide further examples. Discuss Baker’s idea that inhabiting a place is less significant than inhabiting one’s physical self. How does the use of animation influence the film? Can the students identify the Four Phrases (from the film’s title)?