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Ode'min Giizis 2010


Ode'min Giizis (strawberry moon) is the sixth moon of the Anishnaabe calender. It marks the beginning of summer, the longest day of the year and the harvest of the strawberry in June. The root word of ode'min is ode, which signifies the "heart" in Anishnaabe language. As the strawberry resembles the shape and colour of the human heart it also represents the sweetness and kindest of emotions that bring people together to feast and exchange ideas.

The Ode'min Giizis Festival will celebrate this auspicious time of year and traditional Anishnaabe territory with a four day multi disciplinary arts festival in Peterborough, Ontario featuring local and visiting artists from the four directions. The O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective and Public Energy invite you to come out to experience a diversity of Indigenous artistic expression and events from an Aboriginal perspective - including gallery talks, film presentations, and a music showcase.

Each of the presenting artists are unified by a strong self-determined aesthetic that honours traditional lands, culture and knowledge while also pushing boundaries in their own respective arts forms. Artists will share their work and their dynamic processes in an effort to stimulate greater dialogue and cultural understanding through the arts. Events will take place at various downtown venues, and will be co-presented by local arts organizations in a spirit of creativity, unity and the sweetness of the strawberry.

* Peterborough sits on traditional territory of the Anishnaabe and is originally named and known as Nogojiwanong (Place of the end of rapids). For thousands of years this region was known as a gathering spot where different tribes, families and leaders would converge to exchange ideas and knowledge. Sites such as the petroglyphs, Serpent Mounds Part, and Aboriginal oral traditions confirm this regional history. Today the original territory of the Anishnaabe has been reduced and severed into three distinctive First Nations in the area, however most peoples recognize the traditional boundaries of the Anishnaabe peoples.

Festival Schedule 2010

June 17 Art Exhibition
View artwork by regional Native artists.
Art Gallery of Peterborough, Black Honey, Kubo, Blue Tomato Art Shop, Catalina's and The Sapphire Room.
June 18

Performance Art
"Putting the Wild back into the West with Belle Sauvage and Buffalo Bill"
Artspace, 8 p.m.

The show is a satirical look at an old wild-west show showing how Aboriginal people used to be portrayed. There will also be film screenings of Kent Monkman's "Shooting Geronimo," "Group of Seven Inches" and "Robin's Hood."


June 19 Concert
Sarah DeCarlo, Yellow Thunder Woman, and Keith Secola. Special guests Arizona.
Market Hall (336 George St. N.), 8 p.m.
June 20

Tomson Highway with Patty Cano.
Market Hall.

Tomson Highway on piano featuring a reading of his work in cabaret form with singer Patty Cano. A performance of 14 songs from two of Highway's own musical plays. Opening act Missy Knott.


June 21
National Aboriginal Day

Sunrise Ceremony
Ceremony conducted by elders at Del Crary Park starts at 7 a. m. All are welcome.

Starting at noon from city hall down George Street to Del Crary Park. All are welcome to march in parade instead of standing on sidelines.

Park Events
After the parade, there will be a pow wow with story tellers, drummers, dancers, cuisine and art vendors at Del Crary Park. The Canadian Canoe Museum will offer rides in a 26-foot canoe and there will be a 30-foot tipi in the park.


June 22

Film screening
"Waterlife" by Kevin McMahon and features Elder Josephine Mandamin
Market Hall, 7 p.m.


June 23

Artist talk
An evening with Elaine Bomberry in conversation with multimedia artist, activist and Academy-Award winning songstress Buffy Sainte-Marie
Market Hall, 8 p.m.


June 24

Closing Concert
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Del Crary Park as part of the Festival of Lights, starting at 8 p.m.


The Rez Sisters

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Tomson Highway
Susan Spicer
Set & Lighting Design
Ted Roberts
Costume Design
Erika A. Iserhoff
Curtis Driedger
Bill James
Stage Manager
Patricia Lavert
Reneltta Arluk
Cherish Violet Blood
Gloria May Eshkibok
Nicole Joy-Fraser
Pamela Matthews
Susan Newman
Patti Shaughnessy
James Whetung

Saturday October 10 at 8pm; Sunday October 11 at 2pm; Thursday to Saturday October 15, 16, 17 at 8pm

Market Hall, 336 George Street North, Peterborough
$25; $17 students, seniors, underwaged. Available at Showplace Performance Centre Box Office, (705) 742-7469.

O' Kaadenigan Wiingashk & Public Energy present The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway

When it first broke on the Toronto theatre scene in 1986, this play by acclaimed Canadian playwright Tomson Highway startled and delighted audiences and has since achieved lasting influence in contemporary theatre.  With its adept melding of stark realities of life on an Indian reserve with robust humour and elements of Aboriginal spirituality, The Rez Sisters is pure theatre, set to take you off on a journey as seven women dream and scheme of going to “The Biggest Bingo in the World”. Peterborough-based Aboriginal arts collective O' Kaadenigan Wiingashk has assembled an outstanding artistic team, using a mix of artists from Peterborough and across Canada, including a colourful, whimsical design by Ted Roberts.


 Canada HeritageWhite path ConsultingPeterborough Examiner
Ontario Arts CouncilKubo LoungeCity of Peterborough

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Fleshy Thud presents Oskorei


by Ryan Kerr

Music by Ian Osborn

Featuring Jenn Cole, Sophia Darling, Anne Ryan & Ryan Kerr

Thursday January 7 to Saturday January 9 at 8 pm

Market Hall 336 George St. N, Peterborough

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$15, $12 for students, seniors and underemployed, available at the door

Oskorei is the final event in a year-long series of dance programs created by Ryan Kerr and his company Fleshy Thud. Interpreting the Norse story of Ragnarök – the "final destiny of the gods" this fable tells the story of a great battle that results in the death of powerful Norse gods, and the submersion of the world in water. The world resurfaces anew, the surviving gods meet, and the world is repopulated by two human survivors.

In 2004 Peterborough composer and musician Ian Osborn well known for his dark, romantic, rhythmic and bass-driven sound set out to compose a score from Norse mythology “without sounding like Led Zepplin or Finnish death metal”.  Using his signature technique of distorting and looping the voices of wild animals into evocative sounds, Osborn then created a hybrid incorporating the vocals of local artists Brian Mitolo, Brian Sanderson, Jill Staveley and Sarah Follet into the score he named Oskeri. As his project drew to a finish, the 2004 flood of Peterborough hit, completely submerging the Peterborough Arts Umbrella along with Osborn’s studio. Most of his works were destroyed, but by some luck of the gods the Oskeri tapes survived - and have waited five years to return to the light.

Now in 2010 Peterborough dance and theatre stalwart Ryan Kerr has resurrected Osborn’s soundscape to create a new dance work.  Kerr has taken the symbols of Norse runes to pattern physical gestures, while incorporating his contemporary ideas of religion, science and politics in the retelling of this cyclical story.

Dancers and sounds collide in this story of order and chaos, destruction and rebirth, the end of the old world beginning anew. An appropriate theme for both the aftermath of the 2004 flood, and as the final dance performance in the Market Hall prior to its renovations.




Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie: In Paradisum

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James Kudelka


Kate Alton
Val Calam
Michael Caldwell
Lauren E.M. Chin
Bill Coleman
Luke Garwood
Jones Henry
Sylvain Lafortune
Laurence Lemieux
Michael Sean Marye
Graham Mckelvie
Sylvain Senez
Christianne Ullmark

January 24, 2010 at 7:30pm

Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George Street North
$38; $25 students, seniors, underwaged. Available at Showplace Performance Centre Box Office, (705) 742-7469.

Special Pre-Show Soiree
Backstage Pass Cafe

Public Energy presents
Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie
In Paradisum

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Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie make their long-awaited return to Peterborough with another program of classic masterworks by James Kudelka on January 24, 2010.

‘In Paradisum’ is an unforgettable evening of masterworks by one of Canada's greatest choreographers, James Kudelka. For those lucky enough to attend the Coleman Lemieux & Co program of Kudelka work which premiered in 2006 at a sold-out Showplace Performance Centre, this will be a chance to revisit the best work from that program  - Fifteen Heterosexual Duets (1991) and Soudain, l'hiver dernier (1987) - and see a new remount of one of his most acclaimed works, In Paradisum (1983). These dances have been performed by Coleman Lemieux & Co around the world to great acclaim over the past 4 years - from New York City and Santa Barbara to Beijing and Mongolia. Don’t miss this opportunity to welcome 13 dancers of CLC back to Peterborough.

The program begins with 11 dancers performing Fifteen Heterosexual Duets. One of Kudelka’s most celebrated works, a heart-pounding experience of split-second timing and complex partnering set to Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. Watching CLC perform the work in 2009, Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice had this to say: “Each duet stands out in some way…Tender, thoughtful, or carried away, the dancers make the work glow.”

The program’s middle piece is the haunting, poignant Soudain, l'hiver dernier, a delicate duet that leaves the spectator "spellbound by the emotional drama on the stage" (The Gazette, Montreal).

Ending the program is In Paradisum, described by The New York Times as a “maelstrom of anguish, grief and acceptance.” Dedicated to the memory of his mother, In Paradisum is a swirling, hypnotic work performed by 9 dancers that displays Kudelka’s trademark combination of quick and intricate movement with raw emotional power.

Formed in 2000, Coleman Lemieux & Co (CLC) has taken the Canadian dance scene by storm, often literally: the company is as well known for creating large-scale epic out door works in rural and urban settings as it is for touring to the world’s leading theatres. CLC’s relationship with James Kudelka is testimony to how far it has come since being founded by the husband and wife team of Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux. Not only is CLC the company Kudelka has chosen to remount many of his greatest contemporary dances, it is also the company for which he steadily creates new work. Peterborough audiences well remember the world premiere in 2006 of the Kudelka/Taylor Project, performed with counter-tenor Daniel Taylor, at Showplace. CLC’s reconstruction of Kudelka’s FifteenHeterosexual Duets was documented in a book published by Canada’s specialty dance press, Dance Collection Danse, also in 2006.

Announcing a special pre-show event in support of Public Energy:
the Backstage Pass Café with Coleman Lemieux & Co. in the Showplace Lounge, 5pm-7pm

The public is invited to experience dancemaking first hand at a special pre-show soiree. Enter the theatre to view last-minute preparations on stage and hear from the artistic directors about working with James Kudelka. Enjoy an array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Black Honey with live music from Aaron Hoffman-and have your choice of the best seat in the house.

Nagamaki: marinated flank steak wrapped around blanched asparagus
Brie & Praline Phyllo Purses with coulis dip
Jerk Chicken Skewers with Cool Mango Dip
Cajun Pork Kebabs with Blue Cheese Dip
Black Olive Foccacia with Rosemary Olive Oil Dip
Crudités & Roasted Garlic Dip

Coffee Bar
Fresh Roasted Coffee with whipped cream, chocolate shavings & choice of following syrups:
Irish Cream

Tickets are $100, including your show ticket for In Paradisum and a $50 charitable tax receipt. For details call Laurel at 705-745 1788



Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
(CLC), led by the husband-and-wife team of Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, is one of Canada's most accomplished and innovative dance organizations, known for its original stage productions, its reconstructions of major modern dance works, its collaborations with avant garde composers and visual artists, and its ground-breaking community-based events. Coleman Lemieux & Co has been featured in television specials in Canada and Russia and has been the subject of seven films, including Feel The Earth Move, an account of the company’s 2-week residency in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park, where the company created an outdoor dance spectacle in fishing villages and seaside cliffs.

James Kudelka
is a prolific artist who expertly and effortlessly blends classical and modern dance. Resident choreographer and artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1996 to 2005, creator of over seventy dances for companies and artists as diverse as the San Francisco Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Margie Gillis and Peggy Baker, Kudelka is considered “internationally as the leading Canadian ballet choreographer of his generation. He has evolved a unique style that draws from both classical ballet and modern dance to produce works of unusual technical inventiveness and emotional power.” Michael Crabb, The Canadian Encylclopedia Kudelka.


 Canada HeritagePeterborough Examiner
Ontario Arts CouncilCity of Peterborough

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