a black background with a white women with fingers interlocked infront of her mouth

For its third season The Ground UP Dance Festival is thrilled to be presenting unmoored.  Choreographed and directed by the acclaimed Sarah Chase for Peggy Baker, a celebrated and esteemed dancer of our time. Throughout the work, the audience will encounter a beautifully constructed composition grounded in decades of performing experience.

As she moves through unmoored, Peggy Baker reveals an intimate dance story that is inspired by the journey she took to care for her late husband, Ahmed Hassan, the artist and activist who passed away in 2011.


This poem by the 13th century Japanese Zen master Eihei Dogen captures something essential about the utter emptiness of loss, and of how that empty space can in fact offer an opening for illumination

in midnight water
no waves, no wind
the empty boat
is flooded with moonlight

Please join us for two evenings of performance by Peggy Baker, Wednesday, July 10th and Thursday, July 11th at 7pm, in the Baby Grand Theatre.

“The work is one of total perfection as the heartbreaking text and Baker’s eloquent movement swing back and forth between darkness and light. “ Paula Citron 

“Chase has shaped a performance that Baker speaks, sometimes reading, sometimes reciting, raw in its emotion and polished in its performance. As an artist, Baker needed to make this dance story, for it marks the renewal of creativity, going forward with undying love on the wings of Rumi.”  Susan Walker