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Terror and Erebus

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The Nervous System presents

Terror and Erebus- a workshop presentation

Local talent comes together in a highly inventive outdoor performance.

Join  Brad Brackenridge (concept, puppet and set designer and builder, performer), Charlie Glasspool, (composer/performer),  Kate Story (performer) and Ian Carpenter(director) on a trip up Jackson Creek in this outdoor workshop presentation based on Canadian poet Gwendolyn MacEwen's prose poem Terror and Erebus.

Beginning at Bethune & Brock streets (behind the Bridge Youth Centre) audiences will be guided along Jackson Creek to experience this new theatrical work with live original music, puppets, and masks.  Not to be missed!

August 5 & 6, 2011 at 8:30pm
Meet at Bethune and Brock Streets
Tickets: $10 or pay what you can

created by: Brad Brackenridge

directed by: Ian Carpenter

composer, performer: Charlie Glasspool

performer: Kate Story

costumes: Melanie McCall




Watch behind the scenes - in rehearsal with special guests

About the Artists:

Brad Brackenridge (concept, puppet and set designer and builder, performer) is a multi-talented designer and performer.  Most recently seen on stage at the 4th Line Theatre’s production Berlin Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor (as a life-size bison, a puppet Brad designed and built), he has studied puppetry at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and has worked with The Old Trout Puppet Company (The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan for Alberta Theatre Projects); Puppetmongers Powell; Clay and Paper (Kensington Carnival); The Night Of Dread; and others.  As a performer Brad has appeared with the 4th Line Theatre; Patria (R. Murray Schaefer); Canadian Stage; Mysterious Entity; and many more.  He has also worked extensively in film and television.

Ian Carpenter (director): A graduate of the CFC’s Television Program, Ian was the first winner of the Global Television Emerging Writer Award.  TV writing credits include: Damage Control, a series in development at CTV, Global’s The Best Years, History’s Outlaw Bikers, TMN/Showcase’s Regenesis and CBC’s 11 Cameras, Wild Roses, two seasons of Being Erica and development on The Men.  He developed the series The Retreat, Dark Nest and Niagara Chapel.  He wrote an as yet unnamed international thriller for Babak Payami and he’s been hired to adapt Ray Robertson’s What Happened Later for Conquering Lion Films, and the feature Caravaggio for Payam Films. 

Before working in TV Ian founded Theatre Viscera and wrote and directed theatre for ten yearsHis work has toured to Singapore and Spain, three of his plays have been in year-end top ten lists and in 1997 he was chosen as one of NOW’s top ten theatre artists of the year.  Ian completed a Ph.D. in Film at the University of Toronto.  After graduation he left to run the development arm of a large charity in the slums in Bangkok.

Charles Glasspool (composer and performer) is well-known for his work with notable bands The Silver Hearts; The Burning Hell; BGO; Mouquirous; The Kiss and Tells; and many others.  He has written music for a space chamber ensemble (3C84); was musical director and composer for the annual Gorgeous Georgie Revue; ‘Twas a Rough Night – Macbeth, the Musical (which he also co-wrote); and again, until we get it (Toronto International Dance Festival); County Boy (writer, The Next Festival, Toronto Fringe); and many more.  He has worked as a theatre performer with Mysterious Entity, Arbor Theatre, and others.  He has performed across Canada and Europe, and in Japan.  His work has been awarded CBC Bandwidth Album of the Year (The Silver Hearts, No Place)and Live Performance of the Year (The Silver Hearts at Harbourfront).

Kate Story (performer) is a writer, performer, and choreographer originally from Newfoundland. She creates performance works characterized by elements of dance, theatre and performance art, often cross-discipline collaborations with other artists.  Kate has been twice nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M. Hunter Artists Award, and in 2005 (as part of Peterborough’s centennial celebrations) she was named one of the region’s 100 most important performing artists. Her first novel Blasted came out with Killick Press in 2008; it received honourable mention for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and was longlisted for the ReLit Awards. Her second novel, Wrecked Upon This Shore, comes out in September 2011.  She is presently working on a young adult fantasy novel Antilia.

Paris/Ojibwa Catalogue Launch



Catalogue Launch
Robert Houle's Paris/Ojibwa Exhibit

7-9 pm, Thursday, July 28, 2011

Art Gallery of Peterborough
250 Crescent Street, Peterborough



After Party with
The Silver Hearts

10pm-1am, Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Montreal House
282 Alymer Street, Peterborough

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The Night Kitchen
Montreal House

or at the door

photo by Esther Vincent

“The Ode’min Giizis Festival is very pleased to be partnering with the Art Gallery of Peterborough on the catalogue launch for Robert Houle’s Paris/Ojibwa exhibit. The festival’s collaboration with the AGP on this event, and on many other aspects of the festival, has been extremely fruitful and we look forward to future collaborations. This North American premiere exhibition of Paris/Ojibwa in Peterborough shows how the two organizations are presenting important artists and educational programs that could not be produced by either group on its own.”                                                                              
~ Patti Shaughnessy 07/2011

The AGP is delighted to announce the Publication Launch for Paris/Ojibwa by internationally acclaimed Anishnabe artist Robert Houle Thursday July 28th, 7 – 9 PM at the gallery.

The 64 page, cloth covered, perfect bound exhibition catalogue features essays by Nelcya Delanoë,  Paris; Robert Houle and David Macintosh, Toronto; and Barry Ace, Ottawa, that documents the journey traveled throughout the development of the exhibition.

Robert Houle’s multi-media installation, Paris/Ojibwa comprises a theatre set replete with a sound component and futurist video projection that re-imagines a grand 1845 Parisian salon in which two different cultures, Ojibwa and Parisian, make contact, evoking the lingering memory of the historical Maungwudaus and his Ojibwa dance troupe performing for the Parisian court. The title alludes to this contact between Parisians and a group of exotically garbed indigenous people traveling from Canada who impressed the Parisian imagination in the 19th century and inspired painters and poets, among them Eugène Delacroix and Charles Baudelaire. Taking on this little known history, the artist Robert Houle has accomplished a tour de force in bringing the tale of these dancers, who performed for Louis-Philippe and his queen Amélie, forward to our times.

The AGP is very grateful to Robert Houle for this remarkable opportunity to be the first to present this major work here in the heartland of Maungwudaus’ people. The AGP would like to acknowledge and thank Paul Gardner for acting in the dual role of publication editor and project manager, providing extensive assistance throughout the organization and production of this exhibition and publication.

This appreciation extends to the aforementioned writers for their moving and insightful catalogue essays, to Michael Cullen and Lesli Michaelis Onusko of Trent Photographics for their elegant documentation of the multi-media exhibit, and to Peterborough-based publication designer Matt Stimpson of WEdesign, for his exquisite design work.

The AGP recognizes the O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk (OKW) collective and Public Energy in Peterborough for co-hosting the Paris/Ojibwa publication launch and panel discussion held during the Ode’min Giizis Festival. We are grateful to McWilliams Moving & Storage for their in-kind support. Their generosity has enabled us to present this exhibit.

We acknowledge the generous contribution of Canada Council for the Arts who provided the Paris studio and funds for Houle’s research and of course, provide the Art Gallery of Peterborough with ongoing funding for our critical work as a public gallery. Their sustained support for the visual arts has allowed this project to come to fruition. We thank the Ontario Arts Council for their ongoing support and recognition of our efforts to profile key Canadian artists. Thanks go to the City of Peterborough for their support and commitment to the excellence of the arts in our region.

We invite you to immerse yourself in this metaphoric installation and accompanying publication, in which memory, objectification, decoration, construction and disappearance are revealed in what Houle describes as, “a cultural hybrid of theatricality and ethnicity.”

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located at 250 Crescent Street, next to Del Crary Park in downtown Peterborough. Summer hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, open to 8 pm on Wednesdays during July and August. On weekends the gallery is open 11 am to 5 pm. The AGP offers free admission and barrier- free access. For more information please contact 705 743 9179 or visit

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April 23 & 24, 2011
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