Emergency #22

Emergency #22


MARCH 23, 24, 2018

Emergency #22 showcases and celebrates new performance work by Peterborough-area artists. For 20+ years, Public Energy has made the Emergency Festival the cornerstone of its support for local artists creating new work. More than 200 performance works have been premiered through Emergency; many of those have developed into full-length pieces by the area’s best contemporary dance, theatre, and interdisciplinary artists.Do you have a new performance work you’d like to present at Emergency #22?Artists showcased in Emergency are chosen in two ways: through a curatorial selection process and through an open call. Watch for the call for proposals to be out by October 19, 2017. Deadline for applications is November 27, 2017

Season 2017-2018



Deepti Gupta (Ottawa)snowangelsmasked


APRIL 6 & 7, 2018 AT 8PM


TICKETS: $23/$15 students, underwaged/$8 high school students

 Public Energy is pleased to welcome Deepti Gupta back to Peterborough for the premiere of her newest work, Snowangels; the longstanding relationship between Gupta and Public Energy has included a number of new works, most notably her iconoclastic work, Rubies, in 2003. Snowangels explores the newcomer encounter with snow, and the ongoing experience every Canadian has with this mysterious, startling phenomenon of nature.

Featuring four dancers, the choreography explores rhythm, expression and narrative, based in the Kathak dance form. Snowangels combines elements of Canadian music with the rhythms of Indian classical music.

Deepti Gupta is a noted scholar, teacher and choreographer both in Canada and in India, whose choreography is at the cutting edge of contemporary South Asian dance.

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Precarious Festival

Precarious Festival


Presented by Fleshy Thud in Partnership with Public Energy

Precarious workers are those who fill permanent job needs but are denied permanent employee rights. Why is so much creative labour precarious? What are the consequences of increasing precariousness for work of all kinds across the board? Precarious: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival approaches these questions through creativity and dialogue. Theatre, literature, dance, visual art, panel discussions, installation performances, music, and that human thing: talk. Come be part of the conversation!

Are you an artist in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough? STAND UP AND BE COUNTED. Fill out the first-ever survey of the region's artists! Created in partnership with Electric City Culture Council (EC3), Precarious Festival and Trent Community Research Centre, we need to hear from our emerging to established artists. Fill out the survey here.

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Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, October 25, 4-7pm at The Spill Café (414 George St. N)


Friday, November 3, 7-10pm at Star X (#5, 129 Hunter Street West)

Salon des Refusés

Visual art by Tara Azzopardi, Jerm IX, Lyall Brownlee, Rosanne Fortin,Daniel Crawford, Leigh MacDonald, Hartley Stephenson

Friday, November 3, 7-10pm at the Commerce Building (129 ½ Hunter Street W – the corner of Water and Hunter)

Peterborough DanceWorks

Site-specific dance works during Gallery Hop:

Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, featuring Sylvie Dasne and Rachael Cardiello: when I think of her

Ryan Kerr: Abstraction No. 129 ½

Kate Story: water bill

Monday November 6, 7-9pm at The Theatre on King: TTOK (159 King St., up the alley and around back)

The Biography Project

Gabe Pollock and Dave Tough of Electric City Magazine

Wednesday, November 8, 8-10 pm at TTOK

cutting out lake huron

Elisha Rubacha

Wednesday, November 8, 9-10 pm at TTOK

Survey Soiree!

Anna Currier of Trent University

Thursday, November 9, 3-6pm, location TBA; stay tuned!

RC4G* presents ROCK BLOCK!

Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm at TTOK

Artists in the Community Coffeehouse

Friday, November 10, 7pm at TTOK

Survey Soiree!

Anna Currier of Trent University

Friday, November 10, 8pm at TTOK

Work, Work, Work: Uncertainty and Precarity in Creative Labour

Presented by Electric City Culture Council (EC3) and the Precarious Festival

Saturday November 11, 12-6pm at Star X

Salon des Refusés

Visual art by Tara Azzopardi, Jerm IX, Lyall Brownlee, Rosanne Fortin, Daniel Crawford, Leigh MacDonald, Hartley Stephenson

Monday, November 13, 7pm at TTOK

Survey Soiree!

Anna Currier of Trent University

Monday, November 13, 8pm at TTOK

Basic Income Guarantee

Jason Hartwick of the Basic Income Peterborough Network

Monday, November 13-Tuesday November 14, 6-8pm; Wednesday, November 15 matinee, 12-2pm at Artspace (378 Aylmer St. N)


Ring O' Rosie

Saturday November 18, 12-6pm at Star X

Salon des Refusés

Visual art by Tara Azzopardi, Jerm IX, Lyall Brownlee, Rosanne Fortin,Daniel Crawford, Leigh MacDonald, Hartley Stephenson

Monday, November 20, 7:30 pm at Market Hall (140 Charlotte St.)

Public Energy presents Writing as Resistance: a public talk by Chris Hedges.

Tuesday, November 21, 8pm at TTOK

Precarity and Shame

Sponsored by CUPE Local 3908, Kawartha Pineridge Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and the Peterborough District Labour Council

Thursday, November 23, 3-6pm at The Spill Café

RC4G* presents ROCK BLOCK!

Saturday, November 25, 12-6pm at Star X

Salon des Refusés

Visual art by Tara Azzopardi, Jerm IX, Lyall Brownlee, Rosanne Fortin,Daniel Crawford, Leigh MacDonald, Hartley Stephenson

Saturday, November 25, 8pm and 9:30pm at TTOK

Crime City!

Sunday-Tuesday, November 26-28, 8pm at TTOK


Eryn Lidster

Sunday, November 26, 8pm at The Garnet (231 Hunter St W)

Show and Tell Poetry Series: KEYBOARDS! 

Justin Million

Thursday, November 30, 8pm at The Garnet

Show and Tell Poetry Series: STPS Showcase

Thursday-Saturday, November 30-December 2 at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday at TTOK

The Nervous System brings you Festivus Rattus Rattus 2035! 





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FEBRUARY 23, 2018 AT 8PM


TICKETS: $23/$15 students, underwaged/$8 high school students

POST SHOW Q&A: Immediately following the show


Winner of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Performance by an ensemble, Outstanding Sound design/composition.

Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humorous, and heart-wrenching journey into a woman’s psyche. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text, and physicality, it follows one woman for one day, as she tries to fi nd her voice. Two performers express the inner conflict that exists in her head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, progress and regression. Created and Performed by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken, Mouthpice is diected by Amy Nostbakken with Movement Direction and Dramaturgy by Orian Michaeli.  Defying conventions of style and form, the Quote Unquote Collective is built on the idea that individual ideas demand to be expressed through different forms, and should be expressed by whatever means necessary. Quote Unquote is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary performance company that aims to work outside the boundaries of tradition and expectation. Engaging with urgent social and political themes, the company is founded on the firm belief that art and performance are tools to provoke conversation and change.

About the Artists

NORAH SADAVA Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective, is an award-winning Toronto-based performer and playwright with a background in devised physical theatre.  A graduate of the MFA program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, she has been involved in the writing and creation of new work with numerous companies both in Canada and internationally.  International credits include; The Hinterlands Ensemble (Milwaukee, WI), Mud/Bone Collective (Brooklyn, NY), TeatroIATI (NYC, NY), PunchDrunk (UK/US), and Caravan Stage (Sicily, Italy). In Canada Norah has assisted in co-creating 5-time Dora-nominated The Double with BadNewDays (co-produced with the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto ON), Dora-nominated The Tale of a T-Shirt with FIXTPoint Theatre (Toronto, ON), Bloody Family with Philip McKee (in association with The Theatre Centre, Toronto ON), The Stranger with DopoLavoro Teatrale (Summerworks 2014), Wildlife with Events in Real Time/Summerworks (Toronto, ON) and the Tale of a Town London and Ottawa with FIXTPoint Theatre.

AMY NOSTBAKKEN Co-artistic director of Quote Unquote Collective and core member of Theatre Ad Infinitum UK. An award winning playwright, performer and musician, Amy graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Theatre Studies in 2005 and then trained for two years at École Internationale de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has co-created and composed numerous award-winning productions including Theatre Ad Infinitum’s First Class (2011), Ballad Of the Burning Star (2013) and the one-woman show The Big Smoke winner of a 2011 Argus Angel Award, a 2012 Manchester Theatre Award and 2015 Solo United Festival award in NYC. Most recently Amy composed, performed and acted as musical director for Theatre Ad Infinitum’s highly acclaimed Bucket List which premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and is currently developing Quote Unquote Collective’s Now You See Her – an all female Rock opera.

Praise for Mouthpiece

“If the Olympics had an event for synchronized swimming minus the pool, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken would be contenders for a gold medal.”


 “This show lays bare in an emotionally authentic, creative, often funny, self-reflective and guileless way what it’s like to be a woman in our society.”


“Utilizing creative movement and snippets of songs, the duo evoke a unique yet familiar world using nothing more than their bodies, voices and a large bathtub.”


“It’s an engrossing and virtuosic performance, layered  with meaning and  culminating in a silent  scream that any  person — male, female or undefined by arbitrary binaries — will recognize from their own confused, complicated  and conflicting mind.”


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Call for Proposals - Emergency #22

Call for Proposals - Emergency #22


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Public Energy’s Festival of New Dance & Performance by Peterborough-area artists

March 22-25, 2018.

Have you got an original performance work you’d like to debut?

Dance, Performance Art, Physical Theatre, Multi-Disciplinary Performance, you name it.

Please note that space is limited – there may not be room for all proposals.


General Criteria:

  1. Submissions will be considered on the strength of concept, clarity of description, feasibility of the process and presentation, and ability of the creator(s) and performer(s) to carry out the project.
  2. All submissions must be new work between 10 and 30 minutes in length. Please note that longer pieces are not viewed more favourably than shorter ones.
  3. Work shown previously in workshop form or as a student production is allowed.
  4. If the creator(s) of the work is/are also performing in the work, it is mandatory that you identify someone who will either direct, mentor or give feedback on the piece as it is developed.
  5. The principal creator(s) of the work must reside in the Peterborough

All submissions must be typed, organized in the following manner and limited to two pages:

  1. Contact information. Name, mailing address, email address, telephone number of principal contact.
  2. Title of work.
  3. Projected length.
  4. Names of artistic collaborators. Please include all collaborators; performers, musicians, and designers ect.
  5. Artist statement. Describe your artistic practice, past projects, why this project is important to you and how it furthers your artistic development (max.150 words).
  6. Project description. Describe what you are planning to do. This might include: what artistic elements you use and how you will use them to make your work (i.e.: movement, music, video, skipping ropes, etc); what is the theme of the work (max.250 words).
  7. Technical Requirements, including venue preference. Describe the technical aspects of your work and whether you will require the use of specific lighting, staging, set, props, etc. If the festival uses two venues – The Market Hall and The Theatre On King – can your work be presented in either? If not, indicate here.
  8. Mentor/Outside eye In the case of work where the creator(s) is/are also performing, please include the name of someone who will either direct, mentor or give feedback on the work as it develops.
  9. Biographies. Please include a short biography of the principle applicant(s). Attach if necessary.
    10. Support Material.  Please include up to 10 photographs and/or up to 5 minutes of video of current or             previous work.

Public Energy provides:

  • A fee based on a split of the box office income between all works. In the past this has come to $250 to $400.
  • Venue with lighting, sound and projection systems and sound and lighting operators.
  • Lighting design if needed.


 Artist provides:

  • A complete performance in keeping with their proposal.
  • All performers and any running crew needed, apart from sound and lighting operator supplied by PE.
  • Permission for use of other artists’ work, such as music and text, and payment of royalties, if any.

Deadline: November 27, 2017

By mail: PO Box 2319, Peterborough, K9H 7Y8

By email: admin@publicenergy.ca



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