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Lois Brown (dramaturge, playwright, multi-disciplinary artist)
Thea Patterson (choreographer, dramaturge, and performer)

Mon & Tues, Sept 9 & 10, 7pm-10pm
at Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street
note that this is a two-part workshop - participants attend both sessions
To register: email or call 705-745-1788
Admission is pay-what-you-can at end of workshop.
Are you drawing on your personal stories, letters from relatives, and memories to create your next work of performance in dance, theatre or film? If you’d like some outside input, or need some new ideas to help realize your work, this workshop could be for you. Using simple exercises, the workshop will focus on generating material from memory or creating a process for working with letters or stories participants bring.
Lois Brown is currently Artist in Residence with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal and worked as dramaturge on Peter Trosztmer’s multi-layered dance work EESTI: Myths and Machines, being presented in Public Energy's 2013-14 mainstage season. Thea Patterson is Trosztmer’s long-time collaborator, and worked Assistant to the Creation on EESTI: Myths and Machines.

Workshop on widening the perspective into what makes an instrument - discussion and demonstration
Peter Trosztmer (multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, performer)
and Jeremy Gordaneer (visual artist, sculptor, scenic designer)

Tues, Sept 10, 3pm-6pm
at Artspace, 378 Aylmer St. N.
Admission free, no registration required.
For more information call us at 705-745-1788

Visiting artists Peter Trosztmer and Jeremy Gordaneer will discuss approaches to making instruments out of everyday material and found objects, and demonstrate techniques for generating sound, such as amplification. They will have a variety of electronic devices and soldering equipment to show you how objects can be wired for sound. Peter and Jeremy have created an amplified sculpture, or 'machine', for Peter’s performance Eesti: Myth and Machines taking place at Market Hall Sept 14.

Optional: Bring Your Work. Have you got a sculpture - or machine - of your own that you’d like to generate sound from? Bring it along and we will look at ways to make that happen.

Peter has been performing and creating dance and multidisciplinary work with many of Canada’s leading choreographers since the late 1990s, in Montreal and internationally. Gordaneer divides his time between visual art, working as a painter and sculptor, and theatre where he has worked as a scenic painter, set designer and properties builder since 1999.

Volunteer Dusk Dances

Thanks for considering helping out this year, have a look at the tasks and dates and  let us know which suits you best.
Please be prepared to commit at least 4 hours, let us know which day or days you'll be available and email us at
Hey Students! We provide credits for high school student's community service hours.

Thursday to Sunday, July 25-28, 5:30pm

Volunteer orientation
Wednesday July 24 time tba

Volunteer Jobs
Info Table
Site Security/Ushers
Dressing Room Security
Technical Assistant (for every show)

These people or person are comfortable working with the public and it is their duty to stay at the table for the duration of the show, for this reason it is sometimes easier to have a pair at the table so they can switch off:

Duties include:  Setting up Table complete with Dusk Dances info & flyers, Donation Boxes, Guest book etc.  In the middle of the show this info table is moved to a different location (to catch the audience at the end of the show). Once the show is over, the Volunteers will pack up the Info Table and bring it where it can easily be picked up by the truck.

SITE SECURITY: Guard the props and equipment at an assigned performance site. Once the dance piece is over at the site that was guarded, this volunteer becomes an usher.

DRESSING ROOM SECURITY: Watch the dressing room (or tent) for the duration of the show. This is an important position for the security of dancers’ and staff’s personal belongings. This person gets a walkie-talkie in case anyone needs to contact dressing room. The dressing room security also gets a chair! The dressing room is home-base, ie where everyone hangs out. 

USHERS: Duties:

    Put up signs
    Hand Out programs (throughout the event)
    1 Donation box carried by each usher throughout the show
    Hand out programs and collect monies throughout the show.
    Directing the audience to the opening band at the start of the show.
    Help guide the crowd from piece to piece.
    Crowd control at sites.
    Watching for people that may interfere with a piece.
    Helping the audience with any questions they may have.
    Ushers can work with the Host to make sure the crowd is where they need to be.

At the end of the show ushers are introduced by the Host and will stay and collect money until the crowd has left.
Helping to take down signs at the end of the show.  Return donation boxes and t-shirts to the dressing room or tent.

In order to ensure the smooth running of the performances, volunteers will not be able see the whole show, it is very important to know this and not come expecting to see the show.


fundraising campaign

Can you help us bring innovative contemporary performing arts to Peterborough?
We're just $3,000 short of our 2012-2013 campaign goal.

With your help we can put ourselves over the top - a great way to begin our 20th anniversary year.

Dear Friend,

The past year at Public Energy was a great success and hugely rewarding. For that we thank YOU, our adventurous audiences, artists and partners alike. Season highlights from the past year included a record-breaking number of performances at the 20th Emergency Festival; a three-week residency with Maori artist Charles Koroneho (with many thanks to partners O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk and Indigenous Performance Initiatives); and Road Trip, which won a Dora Award for co-creators Susan Burpee and Linnea Swan.


Speaking of the Dora Awards, congratulations to Coleman Lemieux & Co, whose From the House of Mirth took Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for composer Rodney Sharman. Choreographed by James Kudelka, the work was developed through a residency with Public Energy and was first performed in Peterborough in May, 2012.


Public Energy is proud to be only 20% away from our fundraising goal for 2012-13.  Your help will play a big role in setting us up for an exciting 20th anniversary season, full of the cutting edge dance, provocative theatre and adventurous performance you've come to expect from Public Energy.

A gift of $50, $100, or $150 would make a huge difference in getting us to our goal. Please support Public Energy today!



Bill Kimball

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ps Regular mail still works! If you don't want to give on-line, you can mail your donation to the address below and we will send you a tax receipt for the full amount.

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