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Red Brick: A dance & music event celebrating the work of composer Michael J. Baker

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Presented by Charier Danse/Arraymusic
Choreographed by James Kudelka, Peggy Baker, Marie-Josée Chartier, Heidi Strauss & Serge Bennathan. Performed by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Sahara Morimoto, Valerie Calam, Heidi Strauss, Julia Aplin, Dan Wild, Carolyn Woods & Chartier (with the Array Ensemble). Fleck Dance Theatre, Sept. 17-19, 2010.

Reviewed by Paula Citron

Red Brick, the dance and music tribute to the late composer Michael J. Baker, was a class act. The occasion was the tenth anniversary of Baker’s death, but the program was never maudlin or sentimental.

The key to the concert was Baker’s music – a judicious mix of dance works interpolated with instrumental pieces that demonstrated the essence of Baker as a composer – minimalist yet melodic, rhythmic yet textured, emotional yet restrained. The music covered the period 1988 to 1997 which represents the full bloom of Baker’s career.

The dance was accompanied by live music which gave a real sense of Baker’s presence in the theatre. As for the choice of choreographers and dancers, they were all top of the line – James Kudelka, Peggy Baker, Heidi Strauss, Serge Bennathan and Marie-Josée Chartier.

In all, a fitting tribute to a much beloved man of music and dance. Baker’s legacy is some of the finest scores for dance created in this country.

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