The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Dancing Darkness - Peggy Baker Conjures "Who We Are in the Dark"

Canada | 2019 | 40 min
English | Subtitles in English
Editing: Bojan Cosic, Nicolas Lehmann
Music: Jeremy Gara, Sarah Neufeld
Cinematographer: Michael Grippo, CSC
Production: V. Tony Hauser, Ellen Tolmie
Choreography: Peggy Baker
Director: V. Tony Hauser, Ellen Tolmie


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Widely recognized as a Canadian national treasure, dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker has been lighting up the world of modern dance since the early 1970s. She has collaborated with some of the biggest names in dance and performed on the most prestigious stages. On the cusp of her sixties, Baker turned to choreography. Stitching together accounts and archival images that show her in the full flow of her art, this documentary explores creative process at its most mysterious and vital. A sensitive and personal depiction of an enormously talented artist.


Ellen Tolmie

Ellen Tolmie, Director / Producer of “Dancing darkness”, is a photography, film and essay documentarian. She worked as a documentary film producer/co-director for six years (in New York) and an editorial/documentary photographer for nine years (in Toronto, New York and Bogotá), prior to directing Unicef’s global photography for 23 years (New York). Unicef work included producing, editing and writing numerous photography essays (including a photography book on child rights), online mini-docs and other multimedia productions on international development and rights issues. She returned to Toronto in 2014.

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Filmography | Chim: Unicef’s first international photographer (2013) ; Walk with the People (1986) ; Los Sures (1984) ; Advocating for children through Unicef photography (2013)

V. Tony Hauser

V. Tony Hauser, Executive Producer / Director / Producer of “Dancing darkness”, is an arts documentary filmmaker and, for 40-plus years, a portrait and arts performance photographer. In 2019 he was named a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of this work.

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