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Te Toki Haruru: TŪĀHU - Workshop Performance Photos

TŪĀHU Workshop Presentation

Saturday May 11, 2013 at the Market Hall

An intensive 6-day performance workshop will convey The TŪĀHU Choreographic Research Project by Charles Koroneho, the research is philosophically intercultural and interdisciplinary in direction; concepts explored during the workshop are solo choreography, improvisation, performance devising and collaboration.

photos by Elizabeth Thipphawong




If you have danced a lot, or if you have ever dreamed of dancing, this project is for you.

Incandescent is a ten minute long contemporary dance work inspired by the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's Anthem, choreographed by Meredith Thompson and Kate Franklin performed outdoors, in Rotary Park as part of Dusk Dances 2013.  It involves six professional dancers and a very large cast of movers of all ages and experience levels (that's you!).
If you are between the ages of 10 and 110, if you can walk, run, lie down in the grass, spin around, close your eyes and raise your hands, then you can be a part of this amazing project.  Come alone and make new friends, or bring friends and family along so you can all dance together ...

For more information and to join the cast, please email Meredith Thompson at

Please review the rehearsal schedule to be sure you are able to participate.
Please note: You may attend the first two rehearsals without making a full commitment to the rest of the process. After that, participants will be available for all scheduled rehearsals (ideally) and performances (most certainly!).

Rehearsal Schedule:

Mon. May 27th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mon. June 3rd, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mon. June 10th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mon. June 17th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mon. June 24th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Tues. July 2nd, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mon. July 8th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mon. July 15th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Rehearsals will take place in the St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Gymnasium, 120 Murray Street (toward the beginning of the process) or on location at Rotary Park (weather dependent).

To get an idea of the project, check out the following link to see an excerpt of Incandescent: Haliburton in 2012:

Show Week Schedule (subject to minor changes):

Tues. July 23rd, 6:00 - 9:00pm > Our last rehearsal outdoors

Wed. July 24th, 6:00 - 9:30pm > Full Dusk Dances dress rehearsal

Thurs. July 25th > Show

Fri. July 26th > Show

Sat. July 27th > Show

Sun. July 28th > Show

Shows every night beginning at 7:30pm.  You will be called to the park for 6:00pm. (You will also need to be available on the afternoon of the 25th for a back-up dress rehearsal in case of rain the night before, and on the afternoon of the 28th in case of too many rained out performances.)

For more information and to join the cast, please email Meredith Thompson at

Emergency Artists Bio's and Interviews

Get to know our Emergency performers a bit better.


From the Examiner: an interview with Penelope Thomas of Certain Days, Program A:  link

In interview with Kate Story of Insomnia Program D and Terror and Erebus Program E, by Estelle Jordaan: link



Program A

Lester Alfonso
Lester: Award-winning documentary filmmaker Lester Alfonso's films "Trying to Be Some Kind of Hero" (Best New Movie-Maker) and The National Film Board of Canada's "Twelve" (Reel Diversity Winner) are both noted for their emotional content blended with a unique cinematic style. He's been producing videos for over ten years starting with his first short film "The Best Waitress in the World" (CBC) then going on to direct and edit music videos and commercials for Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola, among others. Recently, his work has expanded to integrate performance with live video design (which includes large-scale architectural video mapping projects) while he continues to find new ways to tell his stories through some unlikely ways like a photography blog or programming an all-ukulele radio show every week.

Penelope Thomas
Certain Days, 1955 was Betty-Ann's prettiest year
Penelope Thomas lived in Peterborough from 1993-2003, when she grabbed her BA from Trent and her several years working and teaching with Public Energy, and ran off to New York City. She trained at the Merce Cunningham Studio and freelanced for five years. Since being kicked out of dance by a back injury in 2008, Penelope kept both her morale and her artist’s visa by studying music with Mark Wade at The Singer’s Forum and acting at the Deena Levy Theatre Studio. Credits include reading for poet Anne Carson at the Whitney Museum, Rupert Wates’ Joe’s Café, Mikel Rouse’s End of Cinematics and Dennis Cleveland, FauveMuseum at Symphony Space, Cecilia Copeland’s March Madness at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, ‘Rosa’ in Salma Allam Dance Theater’s Things My Mother Taught Me, and ‘Gail’ in Sharon Talbot’s True Love in the Estrogenius Festival. She is currently singing back-up for current incarnations of original do-wop groups including The Chaperones and Vito and the Salutations, most of which involves going to Long Island and listening to old dudes curse at each other in Italian.


Christy Stoten
It's a Cover/ Program C
The lure of glittery costumes brought Christy Stoeten to dance class at the age of three in Peterborough, Ontario.  This start has taken her to numerous performances and competitions throughout North America.  Christy is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, in the Professional Training Program.  During her studies at The School she worked with acclaimed Canadian choreographers, including:  Allison Cummings, Danny Grossman, D.A. Hoskins, Sasha Ivanochko and James Kudelka.

Christy is an Independent Dance Artist in Toronto, where she has had the pleasure of working with a variety of choreographers and companies including: Company Blonde Dance Projects, Kemi Projects, Meryem Alaoui (Soft Matter), Bone Gossip Dance Theatre, Typecast Dance, Meagan O’Shea, Irit Amichi and Lady Janitor.  She has studied on scholarship with Dancetheatre David Earle and Dancemakers.

During the summer of 2012 Christy choreographed a dance on nine robotic windsocks for the Luminato festival in Toronto.  She has also presented her choreography through Public Energy in Peterborough, The Creative Republic and IMPEL in Toronto.    Christy is currently a faculty member at the Swansea School of Dance in Toronto’s West end, where she teaches modern and tap to children.

Deborah Harrison
The Beauty of a Woman/Program D

Deborah Harrison, choreographer & Celtic dancer

Deborah is professionally trained in classical and modern dance, and a graduate from both the Dance Teaching Program at Ryerson and Fine Arts at York University. She has also studied a variety of styles from many cultural traditions throughout her life and believes dancing is a natural and beautiful part of being human. Deborah teaches and performs in Peterborough and can be contacted, along with the other dancers in the group, at

Anna Simone Tennent-Riddell, West-African dancer,  is an artist, musician, and dancer who has been involved in a number of cross-cultural works of theatre and dance through Trent University's Indigenous Performance Initiatives, The Weaverbird Collective, and Drothia Dance Company. Anna has been a member of the Resolutionaries Marimba Band since 2009 and has taught drumming at the Peterborough Women’s Drum Circle, Milkweed Preschool, and Building the Circle Project providing workshops in schools. She also teaches yoga and zumba and is currently completing a Masters in Social Work at York University.

Camina Harrison-Chery, Hip Hop dancer,  has studied several dance styles at studios in Montreal and Peterborough, particularly A Frost Dance Experience where she was a competitive dancer. Her passion though is Hip Hop, and she regularly choreographs performances for herself and friends at her local school. Camina is finishing Grade 12 this year and is looking forward to traveling and studying languages in university next year.

Gaya Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan Traditional dancer, has studied and practiced Sri Lankan Up Country Dance or “Kandyan” dance for many years. She has performed in many different countries and seizes opportunities to perform whenever she has time. She is very excited to introduce Sri Lankan traditional dance to her new city, Peterborough, and you can invite her to perform at your upcoming event. Gaya can be contacted at

Jasmine June Cabanaw, Belly dancer,  did her early training in jazz and hip hop but at 23 discovered tribal fusion belly dance in San Francisco and knew she was home. She has studied under Jill Parker and Amina Goodyear, and has been trained in American Tribal Style, tribal fusion, Turkish Roma, Turkish cabaret, as well as Egyptian, including the use of sword, zils, veil, cane, and feathered fans. While in Berlin in 2009, she joined Zadiel Sasmaz's company, "Zadiraks" and continues to be a satellite member of the dance ensemble. Jasmine also combines her passion for writing with her love of dance.

Mayelin Lovet, Afro-Cuban dancer, trained as a professional dancer in Cuba, where she danced for Nacional Folklore Ensamble in Havana for 7 years. Since coming to Peterborough, she has taught numerous styles including Latin Ballroom, rumba, modern, and African and West Indian folk dance. Last year, Mayelin performed at the Ode’min Giizis Festival with visiting Cuban music sensations “Granma Group”. She teaches at Studio 505 and can be reached at



Dusk Dances 2013

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July 25-28 2013

7:00 PM - Band starts

7:30 PM - Dances start

Rotary Park
situated near downtown Peterborough on the east bank of the Otonabee River. Enter the park from either the London Street foot bridge to the west or Hazlitt Street to the east.

Pay-what-you-can (suggested donation of $10).
No reservations necessary

'Night James
Adrian Williams, Aaron Hoffman, Brandon Munro and Erik Fines

Dan Watson


Incandescent Peterborough
Kate Franklin and Meredith Thompson
Zhenya Cerneacov, Irvin Chow, Mairéad Filgate, Kate Franklin, Molly Johnson, Meredith Thompson
and members of the Peterborough community:
Pat Ainsworth, Bridget Allin, Eleanor Anckaert, Kiana Bromley,Tilly Bromley,Tina Bromley, Sandy Burnaby, Jules Carney, Carolyn Code, Erin Copeland, Annalea Copeland Williams, Noah Earle, Iris Hodgson, Rowan Irwin, Julie Mycyk, Becca Partington, Kim Perdue, Will Read, Rebecca Reeves, Carolyn Ross, Shelby Shewen, Robyn Smith, Hope Wells, Barb Woolner
Incandescent brings two dozen Peterborough performers of all ages and backgrounds together with the professional dancers of Dusk Dances to perform a visually stunning portrait of both the individual and the collective human experience.

Zata Omm Dance Projects

Brodie Stevenson and Brendan Wyatt
Dusk has turned to night and a male dancer inhabits a mysterious dream-like world where he encounters his mirror image, dancing among shimmering images of celestial phenomena, including the moon, the aurora borealis and a galaxy of stars.

Onward Ho, My Love
Julia Aplin w/ tiger princess dance projects

Yvonne Ng and Brendan Wyatt

Onward Ho, My Love is a duet of a man in a top hat, a woman in a red gown. A path to be taken. What happens along the journey may be seen as questionable, amusing, strange, interesting, odd, joyful, sad, elegant, rough, tender, harsh, perhaps even confusing but always with the wild sense of commitment, integrity and bravery that the dancers bring to the work.

The Horologium
Michael Caldwell
Mairéad Filgate, Molly Johnson, Meredith Thompson, Yvonne Ng and Brodie Stevenson
A nine-foot tall accordion-playing matriarch gathers her brood under a giant skirt, from whose protection they emerge to entertain the audience and capture an unsuspecting bystander.


Photos by Joseph Michael Photography

Onward Ho, My Love


The Horologium


Emergency 20 Volunteers

Love the arts?
Love the Emergency Festival?
Love the fact that this year is celebrating our 20th Anniversary?
Well then, we love you!

Get involved- Join in the Fun and Help us out -

We need some joyful extroverted types to lead the crowds through the rough and ready terrain of our 3 AlleyWaltzes taking place over the weekend of May 10-12th.

Hang in there and read on..

An AlleyWaltz is a site specific series of performances that appear along a predetermined route throughout our downtown environs.
It strives to engage, entice and maybe even enrapture audiences, that's a tall order but we have the talent and drive to attempt it at the very least.

On Friday May 10th and Saturday May 11th at 8pm there will be TWO programs beginning at the very same time and in different places.
We need volunteers at each site, let us know which program(s) you can help usher at:

Program C: AlleyWaltz Eve
Approximately 90 mins. Begins with Jessica Rowland What they Left Behind, an Installation/Performance work in Jackson Creek behind The Bridge at Bethune St. between Brock and Murray Sts. 
Here we will gather our audience to witness this exceptional local artist's latest work, positioned in the water and in the trees, and allow participants to offer up a votive to the waters we all share.
Here Volunteers will collect $10 tickets or pay-what-you-can donations and provide patrons with programmes and at 8:30 lead the audience along Bethune Street to the Basket Ball court for It's A Cover performed by returning Emergency performer Christy Stoeten. When the applause has finished we will lead our charges to the steps of the Peterborough Public Library for our Emergency veteran and award winning Wes Ryan's continuing work with Topia, a dance/spoken word piece with Wes, Jenn Cole and Matt Gilbert. After this we will block traffic if needs be to bring the crowd across Alymer  Street and into the Charlotte Mews to describe a large circle around the artists ready to create a performance of Fire and Desire by Thomas Vaccarro and his colleagues in Paris is Burning. A short jaunt through the alleys will lead to Michael Ketemer and Jay Edmonds performing the dueling duet Ripe for the Picking - a requiem for Bernard De Pace, behind the street-lit backside of Home Hardware. And then, we waltz along Simcoe Street and loop all around the Peterborough Square Mall ablaze in it's evening light of performative surprises along the way towards our final destination of the Courtyard to heat up beneath the flames of Victoria Woods & Deejay Dassylva in Fire Fusion.

Program E: Terror and Erebus
Beginning at the east side of the London Street Foot Bridge, the audience will be drawn to the hilly mound by the river as Derek Bell lures us over with his accordion - here Volunteers will collect $10 or pay-what-you-can donations and provide patrons with programmes and begin the trek through the scrubby brush at 8:30 towards the set of the great ships Terror and Erebus where life sized puppets and other wondrous creations created by Brad Brackenridge will spring to life through performances by Kate Story, Derek and Brad. The set will change as the audience is led towards the pond's edge and helped to quickly settle on blankets and chairs for the continuation of the play featuring a special performance by visiting throat singer Nina Segalowitz. The sun will be set and all grown dark by the play's end (approx 45 mins.), Volunteers will be asked to help guide audience members out of the woods - with the aid of flashlights, and once again to seek donations from our happy and now generous audience!

NOTE: Terror and Erebus will also be performed on Sunday May 12th at the same time and will require volunteers also!

Saturday May 11 & Sunday May 12- we need Volunteers for
Program D: AlleyWaltz Day
starting at 1:30pm we will usher in our audience at The Theatre On King 159 King Street. (Enter off the parking lot at the rear of the building.)
This show starts inside the theatre for the 1st performance: Insomnia by Kate Story which runs 30 minutes and asks the audience to either stand, sit on the floor (which will be covered in sod!) or, if they need to sit on a chair, we will direct them to one positioned in the theatre. - it's a very small space so we must be very judicious about who gets the coveted chairs...
after that we will travel down King street to the Millennium Park for the 2nd performance:
Christoper Martin Where The Wild Fires Are - this work juxtaposes contemporary and traditional Indigenous dance. Here we will direct the audience into a wide circle around the performer which will include fire spinning so a wide circle is pretty imperative! This piece is approx 10 mins. The audience will then be led along the Millennium park path towards Charlotte Street, where our 3rd performance A Clowns Eye View by Deb Renyolds will appear as she pops up and appears along the route to in turns - entice, captivate and engage our audience with her clown persona. This will lead us upwards along Charlotte Street to the fourth and final destination of Peterborough Square's courtyard where we will gather the audience to witness The Beauty of a Women by Deborah Harrison showcasing 6 local dancers performing more than 8 different styles in a cultural mashup.
After all is done, approx 60 mins., we will pass through the audience to further collect donations - which will be equally distributed amoung all of the artists - which is the policy and a point of pride for all Emergency festivals!

So which one to choose? We ask Volunteers to arrive on site for the evening programs of C & E at 7:45pm and at 1:30pm for the daytime program D.  We will provide a variety of hats, buttons and various props to enhance your ushering experience as you wish- along with donation boxes and programmes. We will have flashlights at each site- but if you have a headlamp- o! please bring it along.

So give us a call at 705-745-1788 or email us at and let us know where and when you fit in!
Many Thanks!

The Emergency AlleyWaltz crew



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