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Emergency #20

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Festival of New Dance & Performance by Peterborough-Area Artists
Celebrating 20 years! Join us at the Market Hall, Theatre on King and outdoor locations
throughout downtown Peterborough.

The Emergency Festival (named for its commitment to emerging work by up-and-coming and veteran artists alike) showcases the most inventive, engaging - and at times outrageous - new performances created by Peterborough area artists working in all performance fields.

Expect some special treats to celebrate our 20th edition, including: two Alley Waltzes, which put performances in downtown streets and alleys, and one full-length work - The Nervous System’s
Terror and Erebus, which will take place next to and within the Otonabee River.

For a look at past Emergencies click here

For Interviews and biographies click here

May 8-12, 2013
for complete schedule, see below

Programs A & B. At Market Hall: $15 one program; $25 for two
Programs C & D. Alley Waltz Day and Eve:
$10 each show or pay-what-you-can. $10 advance ticket
bearer will receive a gold star and be ushered to the best spots - ahead of the crowd!
Program E. Terror & Erebus:
$10. Available only on site at the show.
Program F. TŪĀHU Workshop Presentation: Free admission

Program A at Market Hall
Wed May 8 @ 7pm* & Thurs May 9 @ 9pm
Market Hall, 336 George St. N.
Keith Macfarlane
Keith Macfarlane
Digital Trickster
Penelope ThomasCertain Days

Program B at Market Hall
Wed May 8 @ 9pm** & Thurs May 9 @ 7pm*
Market Hall, 336 George St. N.
Barb Dametto Mirror in the Mirror (Spiegel im Spiegel)
Old Men Dancing Under Canvas
Katie Felix Bit by Bit
Andrea Lithgow Tracing Us
Alexandra Papaconstantinou
Human Flux

*Performing ONLY on Wed & Thurs @ 7pm:
The Zippa Dee Doo Dah Community Soal Chorus under the direction of Curtis Driedger

**Opening Night Bonus Feature. Free admission. Wednesday @ 10:30pm:
Tim Holland with Aunt Lil - The World’s Oldest Knife Thrower
Ventriloquist Tim Holland will be filming his newest comedic show, along with the audience who
shows up to enjoy it. Please stick around after Wednesday night’s performance to be a part of this special event.

Program C: Alley Waltz Eve
Fri May 10 & Sat May11 @ 8:30pm
Meet at Jackson Creek behind The Bridge, Bethune St. between Brock & Murray Sts.
Be prepared to walk around downtown Peterborough from one performance site to another for about 90 minutes.
Jessica Rowland
What They Left Behind - an interactive installation performance
Christy Stoeten It's A Cover
Wes Ryan Topia
Thomas Vaccaro Paris is Burning
Michael Ketemer & Jay Edmunds Ripe for the Picking (Requiem for Bernard De Pace)
Hilary Wear Tootah
Victoria Wood & Deejay Dassylva Fire Fusion

Program D: Alley WaltzDay
Sat May 11 & Sun May 12 @ 2pm

Meet at The Theatre On King, 159 King Street.
Enter off the parking lot at the rear of the building.
Following the first work inside the theatre, be prepared to walk around downtown Peterborough from
one performance site to another for about 60 minutes.

Kate Story Insomnia
PyroFlies Masquerade
Deb Reynolds Clown's Eye View
Deborah Harrison The Beauty of Woman
Conrad James Ridiculously Good Looking

Program E
The Nervous System Terror and Erebus
Created by Brad Brackenridge

Performers Brad Brackenridge, Kate Story, Nina Segalowitz, Derek Bell
Director Ian Carpenter
Assistant Director Em Glasspool

Fri-Sun May 10-12 Gather @ 8pm.  Show @ 8:30pm.  Length:  45min.

On the Island Stage in Rotary Park.
Gather on the east side of The London Street Foot Bridge.  Come prepared to enjoy a short travel through the woods and get cozy by the water's edge.  Blankets and light folding chairs might be nice.

Program F: TŪĀHU Workshop Presentation
Sat Mai 11 @ 7pm.
Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St.

Facilitated by Charles Koroneho, with the 19 participants from the TŪĀHU Performance Workshop



Christy Stoeten It's A Cover
Program C: Alley Waltz Eve
Fri May 10 & Sat May11 @ 8:30pm

photo by Kathryn Munro

Lester/Tegan/Opal Chrysalis
Program A at Market Hall
Wed May 8 @ 7pm* & Thurs May 9 @ 9pm
photo by Lester Alfonso

Victoria Wood/Thomas Vaccaro Fire Fusion/Paris is Burning
Program C: Alley Waltz Eve
Fri May 10 & Sat May11 @ 8:30pm
photo by Esther Vincent

Kate Story Insomnia
Program D: Alley WaltzDay
Sat May 11 & Sun May 12 @ 2pm

photo by Esther Vincent

The Nervous System Terror and Erebus
Program E: Rotary Park Island

Fri-Sun May 10-12 @ 8:30pm

photo by Brad Brackenridge

Wearable Art Show

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Featuring the Runway Challengebill coleman

see highlights of 2012 Runway Challenge here 

February 9, 2013 at 8pm
Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough

$20 each, $15 student/senior/under-waged
On line:
phone: 705-749-1146

Cabaret-style table seating: $30 per person
Get the best view, up close to the runway, with a table seat. Table seats are available for any number - come on your own or put a group together.
Not available on-line, please call the Public Energy office at 705-745-1788

Public Energy presents
The 2013 Wearable Art Show
Public Energy’s Annual Fundraiser Fashion Show featuring The Runway Challenge. Join our 3rd annual fashion show fundraiser featuring the talents of Peterborough’s visual arts community as they create the most ingenious wearable art you’ll ever see strutting down a catwalk. For the Runway Challenge we are once again pairing up artists with local businesses and challenging them to create original fashions using nothing but products from that business.

This years Runway Challengers and their Business partners are:
Janet Howse + 
Millwork,  Judith Mason & Cath Adele + East City Flowers,  Kirsten Smith +Peterborough Green-Up, Shannon Taylor+ Custom Copy, Vicky Paradisis+Lakefield Pantry,  WendyTrusler + Pammett's Flowers

The Runway Challenge Launch

Wednesday, January 9th at noon, Market Hall lobby
Our Challeger artists drew from a hat to choose the business partners they will be working with.
They will have exactly one month to create a piece to be danced down the catwalk in the second half of the event.

Wearable Art Show
Our event will begin on the catwalk with works created by local artists who have been invited to create wearable art in any medium they choose. This year will feature a special appearance by the Dream Players choreographed by Vicky Paradisis in outfits designed by Leigh Macdonald and Max Price. Our wearable art catwalk will also again be graced by the students of Strutt Central modeling wearable art creations of their own making,

Attention Artists there is still time for you to show off your own Wearable Art at this year’s event.
Here's How:
Find a friend who would make a GREAT runway model*
Design your BRILLIANT work of wearable art
Move it with your creative choreography
Be ready to dance it down the Market Hall catwalk by
Saturday Feb 9th at 8pm
Multiple submissions are welcome as room allows
send us an email to tell us a bit about yourself and the work you make,
* If you are stuck for a model of your own, we have a few great movers in our stables to share.

Get Inspired
visit these links for photos and videos of our previous events:
2010-11 , 2011-12

Enjoy footage from last year

Photo's/Videos 2013

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Artist in Residence

Bill James
Public Energy's Artist-In-Residence for 2012-13

Over the 2012-13 season the public will have numerous ways to experience dance the Bill James way. Bill will host pre-show chats with guest artists in the Public Energy season, offer dance classes and workshops, such as Voice & Movement, and work on a new creation to be performed at the Market Hall in April, 2013. More info here.

Bill James is a choreographer and dancer whose 30-year career has taken him across Canada and beyond. He moved to the Peterborough area from Toronto in 2002 to experience life on the farm; since then he has continued to create new work in addition to his involvement with numerous community-based activities ranging from projects for youth to commissioning original work for the troupe Old Men Dancing.

Bill James' residency is supported in part by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Voice and Movement Workshop with Bill James
For all performers - dancers, actors, singers.
Sat, March 23, 11am-2pm at the Theatre on King (159 King St, #120)
Sun, March 24, 11am-2pm at the Market Hall
Cost: $25 for both days. To register, email
This two-part workshop - participants must take both parts - will focus on the use of breath, moving while singing or speaking, and how voice and breath can open the emotional self.  It will touch upon a few extended vocal techniques and methods for blending vocal effects.
Bill has developed a voice and movement technique based on the methods devised by his teacher John Devers.  Devers was an influential American innovator in vocal technique, interested not only in how sounds are made by the vocal apparatus but how sound moves through the body, and its connection to moving the body in space.

Dance Classes

Dance Technique Class I
combines ballet and modern dance techniques with influences from yoga and Pilates to form a basic dance technique for teen and adult beginners of all ages.
Length: 1 hour
Mondays at 4pm
Trent U Athletics Centre

Dance Conditioning
focuses on strengthening and lengthening muscles in a series of exercises on the floor, at the barre and across the studio. In the class we will use imagery and mind-body conditioning to balance muscles, build relaxed flexibility, coordination and alignment.
Length: 1 hour
Thursdays at 11am
Trent U Athletics Centre

Both classes are open to dancers with lots of experience or just a little and are free with a membership to the Athletics Centre.
Drop-in daily rates $5 (non-Trent students)  $9 (adult).
Note that for the daily rate you can access all classes at the Athletics Centre for the entire day.

Photo of Bill James down on the farm, by Catalina Motto


Double Take: Fujiwara and James

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Denise Fujiwara: Lost and Found
Bill James:  October 16, 1978


April 5, 2013 at 8pm
Following the show: Post-Show Reception. Meet the artists in the lobby immediately following the show.
April 6, 2013 at 8pm
Before the show: Pre-Show Chat with Bill James in the Market Hall lobby at 7pm. Learn more about the artists on tonight’s program and their work.
Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
$22/$15 students, underwaged

Lost and Found
Choreography and performance
Denise Fujiwara
Costume design and properties
Janieta Eyre
Philip Strong
Lighting Design
Roelof Peter Snippe
Philip Shepherd

“Lost and Found is a compelling dance portrait.  It is not so much originality of theme that makes Fujiwara eminently watchable, but her careful construction of the visual/physical manifestation… In the final analysis, there is something very satisfying about the mature works of senior artists such as Fujiwara...  To have an idea for creation is one thing; to be able to develop that idea into a meaningful artistic journey is the fruit of years of experience.”  Paula Citron, The Dance Current, April 13, 2010

Lost and Found is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Dance Works, Neighbourhood Dance Works, Live Art Dance Productions and Public Energy and supported by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

October 16, 1978
Bill James
Choreography and Performance
Corey Wournell
Peter Hessel
Bill James
Phillip Glass, Harold Budd, Francisco Lopez, Djuma Soundsystem
Lighting Design
Roelof Peter Snippe

October 16, 1978 is a collective creation, choreographed and performed by Peter Hessel, Bill James and Corey Wournell, and directed by Bill. The title refers to the date when Bill met the first love of his life. The trio was created over a three-month period, during which time the dancers tried to imagine a dreamscape of loves lost and found. The creative process has been an intergenerational sharing of ideas, lives and emotions between Corey and Peter, both recent graduates of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and Bill, who completed his training in the 1970s.

This work signals a number of new directions for Bill: the influence of yoga on his work, creating in a collective manner, and appearing as a dancer in his own group work, which surprisingly he has never done. While he may not continue dancing in his work, he feels that creating collectively is a direction he will pursue in future creations.

Bill also feels that his recent immersion in yoga, as a practitioner and teacher, has influenced how his body responds to ideas. (Among other activities, he has just completed a 6-month period of intensive training to become a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher.) His yoga training has opened up new channels to source movement ideas. He says that for him, the difference between yoga and dance can be summed up as ‘dance is what it looks like; yoga is what it feels like’.


Bill James is Public Energy's artist in residence for the 2012-13 season. For more information click here


Artist Biographies

Denise Fujiwara
2011 marks Denise Fujiwara's 33rd year as a dance artist. She is one of the most diverse talents to evolve on the Canadian dance scene; a sought after choreographer, dancer, teacher, impresario and actor.

She began her interesting career in childhood, as a gymnast, when she competed internationally for the Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics team. Upon completing an Honours B.F.A. in Dance at York University, she became one of the founders of T.I.D.E. (Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise). Here she was instrumental in the creation of a diverse body of work for the now-defunct but still notorious company that danced across Canada for 10 years.

In 1991 she formed her own company, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, to house the development of her solo projects. To date her six solo dance concerts, Spontaneous Combustion, Vanishing Acts, Sumida River, Elle Laments, Brief Incarnations and Komachi have garnered praise across Canada and have toured to festivals in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. Her recent forays back into ensemble choreography resulted in Conference of the Birds, a work for 9 dancers and 3 musicians that was called, “– the best thing to premiere at the (fFIDA) festival in many a year”, and NO EXIT, “- so precisely performed it needs no words.” by the Toronto Star. This year she will premiere Lost and Found at Toronto’s DanceWorks. This work has been commissioned by the CanDance Network of Presenters and will tour eastern Canada in the spring of 2010.

Fujiwara’s approaches to the disciplines of dance technique, improvisation, performance and choreography have developed over more than three decades of intensive research, practice and performance. She has had remarkable mentors including Tokyo Butoh master, Natsu Nakajima, Montreal dance pedagogue, Elizabeth Langley, the now disbanded Mangrove Dance Collective of San Francisco, the American theatre director, Anne Bogart, and the late great Canadian choreographer, Judy Jarvis.

In addition to her career as a dance artist, Ms. Fujiwara works in film and television. Walls, a CBC Television documentary about her life and work by celebrated filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa, won the 1995 Gemini Award for Best Performing Arts Program. In 1997 she co-founded the CanAsian International Dance Festival where she is the Artistic Director. Her work with CanAsian promotes the work and development of dance artists from across Canada and beyond.

Bill James is widely known for his vision of dance in unconventional spaces; his multi-disciplinary collaborations with artists and scientists; and his work in community arts. Based in Toronto for much of his 30-year career, James moved to a farm just outside Peterborough, Ontario (pop 75,000) in 2002. From this base he continues pursue all facets of his artistic vision with collaborators in both Toronto and Peterborough, while pursuing a second career raising a variety of farm animals.

A native of North Dakota, James moved to Winnipeg to train with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, then spent 10 years as a dancer in Ottawa and almost 20 years in Toronto, where he acquired a national reputation for his engagement of unusual sites and civic spaces, as both a creator of his own work and an animator of other artists’ work. Bill has collaborated with many composers, visual artists and filmmakers in performance, installation, film and media art projects throughout his career, in North America, Europe and Asia.

His 1986 work, Atlas Moves Watching, put the audience in a storefront watching dancers getting out of limos and dancing on streetcars, while his Seven Mountains was performed on seven large-scale ramps in an abandoned warehouse. From 1995 to 1999 he co-produced the series Art in Open Spaces, which commissioned dance and music creations in and around public sculptures and fountains, and in 2000 and 2003 he co-directed the Shared Habitat Festival of Art and the Environment, a symposium and festival focused on biology and dance.

Bill James’ work was first seen in Peterborough in 1989 with a full-length piece co-commissioned by Peterborough's Artspace and Toronto's Harbourfront Centre. In 2001 he came to the city to collaborate with Peterborough visual artist Shelagh Young on the creation of Panopticon, presented by Peterborough New Dance at the Market Hall and subsequently at the Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto.

In 2002 he and his partner moved from downtown Toronto to a farm on the Indian River just outside Peterborough. Since then he has continued to make dance, including: two more collaborations with Young; a commission for the Peterborough Dance Collective; a number of community youth art projects; Dancing In The Streets, a community project involving 400+ performers aged 2 to 80; Domestic Science, a solo for himself that he presented at the Older and Reckless series in Toronto; and two new short works for Old Men Dancing, as well as commissioning a full evening of works for Old Men Dancing from 4 choreographers.

Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe

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March 8, 2013 at 8pm
Before the show: Pre-Show Chat with Bill James in the Market Hall lobby at 7pm.
Learn more about the artists and their work.
Post-Show Reception. Meet the artists in the lobby immediately following the show.

Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough

$22/$15 students, underwaged


Emmanuel Jouthe

Élise Bergeron, Simon Desrosiers, Laurence Fournier Campeau, Eve Lalonde, Phillipe Poirier, Mélanie Therrien and Amélie Valois  
Lighting Design

Caroline Nadeau

C.H. Antonio Vivaldi
Sound design

Laurent Maslé
CINQ HUMEURS is inspired by Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons, for which Jouthe has imagined a 5th season, and with composer Laurent Maslé has reinvented and adapted Vivaldi’s classic. Featuring some of the best dancers from Canada’s best city for dance, CINQ HUMEURS has a convulsive energy with startling tension, slow burns, and unbridled exuberance, reflecting urban life in the 21st century. The work is indicative of Emmanuel’s approach to dance, which he describes thusly, “The body has no choice but to be in movement… It is important for me to seize these moments and to place them in my dances so that I can share beauty, space, drama, and time.”



Emmanuel Jouthe

Video of the Scan rehearsal for Public Energy at the Market Hall

Andie Britton-Foster, Becca Partington, Brittany Allison,Carrie Hoskins, Fraser Smith, Isabella Earl, Jade Elliott, Kate Story, Max Price, Meghan Park, Nadine Changfoot, Nansi Harris, Rebecca Booth, Ryan Kerr, Sarah McNeilly, Shani Victorin, Stephanie Cann, Suzanne Galloway, Sylvia Luyben

During a week-long visit in January Emmanuel met every day with 19 Peterborough dancers to rehearse them in a work called Scan. In this work, the challenge for the participants was to develop their individual creative impulse while remaining aware of the group. The final performance reflects the strength and beauty of a group working in unison, interwoven with explosions of ephemeral dances where one, two, or more dancers fill a momentarily empty space.

Enjoy a video clip from CINQ HUMEURS on Vimeo here:

Artist Biography
Emmanuel Jouthe made his career debut as a dancer. He interpreted pieces by renowned choreographers such as Paul-André Fortier, José Navas, Louise Bédard, Daniel Soulières, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Felix Ruckert and Julyan Hamilton. He also collaborated with a few names in the theatre scene: Pascal Contamine, Robert Gravel, Jean-Pierre Ronfard and Paola de Vasconcellos.
Very quickly, he co-founded Danse Carpe Diem, and became recognized as a choreographer/interpreter. In 1999, after four years of artistic co-direction assumed by six choreographer-interpreter members, Emmanuel Jouthe became the sole artistic director of Danse Carpe Diem.

Both national and international producers soon recognized his unique chorographical vocabulary combining energetic vivacity and dramatic intensity.  He has thereby undertaken numerous collaborations and, over the last ten years, has staged fifteen or so pieces that have contributed to his repertoire.

In his various creations, he questions temporality, intimacy, and movement. He is interested in the perception of the dancing body, in its moods, in the emotions that arise in it… simply put, in the human being.  He thus transfers into his choreography captive moments bringing together beauty, space, drama, and time. 

 Constantly in a state of ferment and in search of new challenges, he doesn’t hesitate to work on projects with other choreographers and artists, such as those proposed by the collective of 2e porte à Gauche et Danse-Cité. A means of exploring other zones of performance  (in situ) and a new relationship of proximity between dance and the spectator.

 His desire to communicate with and to engage with young people has naturally led him to create regularly for dancers in training. He has thus collaborated numerous times with well-known schools such as LADMMI, L’École de danse de Québec, and The School of Dance (Ottawa). In addition, his repertoire was taught at l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 2000, 2005 and 2008.

These days, Emmanuel Jouthe is counted among the active players of Montreal’s choreographic landscape. He is currently presenting his latest creation, CINQ HUMEURS, which secures a place in the continuity of his itinerary by integrating both professional dancers and graduating students of different schools.

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