Inside Contemporary Performance - Trent University Continuing Education Course

Inside Contemporary Performance - Trent University Continuing Education Course

Inside Contemporary Performance


Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Inside Site-Specific Performance

Tuesday 14 November 2017 - Inside Local Performance

Thursday 22 February 2018 - Inside Contemporary Theatre

Thursday 1 March 2018 - Inside Interdisciplinary Performance

Thursday 5 April 2018 - Inside Contemporary Dance

Location: Traill College, Wallis Hall 224

Cost: $20 per class (+ HST).

Register online at or in person with cash or cheque at Scott House Room 102.4, 300 London Street, Traill College

Inside Contemporary Performance explores various genres of performance: site-specific performance, contemporary theatre, contemporary dance, and interdisciplinary performance, with one class dedicated to Peterborough's local performance ecology. Incorporating video and images, each class will examine the history, current trends, and key artists of each genre. All classes will feature a guest artist talk by a leading artist in the field of contemporary performance. Guest artists include: Brian Solomon (Anishinaabe, Toronto), Kate Story (Peterborough), Lara Kramer (Oji-Cree, Montreal), and Deepti Gupta (Ottawa). All guest speakers will be performing their work at a part of Public Energy's 2017-2018 season, or as a Public Energy supported event. Inside Contemporary Performance is taught by Public Energy's Performance Curator Victoria Mohr-Blakeney.  

Guest artists will be performing their work in Peterborough as a part of Public Energy's 2017-2018 performance season. Inside Contemporary Performance Course participants will receive a 50% discount on tickets for Public Energy-sponsored performance.

About the instructor:

AboutUs.StaffBoard.PhotoVMB.CreditStephHayesVictoria Mohr-Blakeney, MFA is a curator and writer with a focus on curating contemporary performance. She has curated/ co-curated performance work in gallery, theatre, and site-specific settings including; Harbourfront Centre, CB Gallery, Edward Day Gallery, Artspace, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Citadel, George Brown School of Design, Xpace Cultural Centre, Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Nuit Blanche, and Artsweek Peterborough. Victoria has worked with Bridget Moser, Ame Henderson, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Dance Collection Danse. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has published work in Kapsula Magazine, The Dance Current, Volume, Toronto Standard, and the Literary Review of Canada. Victoria is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Medal in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has presented her research on performance in Canada and New Zealand.


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Curator's Corner Podcast

Curator's Corner Podcast


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Public Energy is proud to launch Curator’s Corner, its first-ever podcast featuring an inside look at contemporary performance. In Curator’s Corner, Public Energy’s Performance Curator Victoria Mohr-Blakeney interviews artists to get a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary dance, theatre, and interdisciplinary arts practices. Curator’s Corner examines the urgency and motivation behind why performing artists make the work they do and what they can teach us about the world and ourselves.  Each episode is dedicated to a different group of contemporary performing artists in conjunction with Public Energy’s 2017-2018 performance season. Curator’s Corner will feature episodes dedicated to such artists as: Hong Kong Exile, Brian Solomon, Lara Kramer, and Deepti Gupta among others.

Public Energy is a presenter of contemporary dance, theatre and interdisciplinary performance based out of Peterborough’s Market Hall Centre for the Performing Arts.

Curator’s Corner Podcast is produced by Eva Fisher in partnership with Peterborough Independent Podcasters.







Brian Solomon: October 19 and 20, 2017

Brian Solomon: October 19 and 20, 2017

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When: October 19 and 20 at 6pm

Where: 190 Brock Street, Peterborough

Cost: Free

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Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring is a site-specific dance performance created by Brian Solomon and members of the community. The performance is a re-envisioning of the 1913 early modern ballet, Rite of Spring, via a contemporary Anishinaabeg lens, featuring Igor Stravinsky’s seminal score reimagined by Melody McKiver. It will be performed by community members and professional dance artists, taught via an open rehearsal/workshop process over the duration of Brian Solomon’s six-week artistic residency with Public Energy. It will take place on a downtown Peterborough parking lot that is an Anishinaabe burial site.

Brian Solomon is of Anishinaabe and Irish descent, born and raised in the Northern Ontario community Shebahonaning-Killarney. Solomon is passionate about helping people relearn about their forgotten bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy. Solomon’s residency is supported by Trent University and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies.

Melody McKiver is a Two-Spirit Anishinaabe violist, composer, powwow dancer and media artist, and is a member of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation. They live in Treaty #3 territories in Sioux Lookout, northwestern Ontario.

During Brian Solomon’s six-week residency at Public Energy, in September and October, he will be teaching workshops with the
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. He will also lead an additional six movement workshops for community organizations in Peterborough, including: Nogojiwanong Friendship CentreYes Shelter For Youth And Families, LOFT Downtown Youth Space, and the New Canadians Centre in partnership with Voice of A Nation.

Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Trent University, The Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University, Artspace and the Downtown Business Improvement Area.


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Photos: Julieta Hernandez

Show Sponsors:

Trent University, The Downtown Business Improvement Area - Downtown Peterborough, Dave Robertson - Century 21 and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies





Emergency Performance Festival

Emergency Performance Festival

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Emergency Performance Festival showcases and celebrates new performance work by Peterborough-area artists. For over 20 years, Public Energy has made the Emergency Festival the cornerstone of our commitment to support local artists in the creation of new work. Emergency not only engages local audiences and artists, it also creates lasting collaborative partnerships with individuals and community groups. More than 200 artists have premiered new works through Emergency; many of those have later developed into more extensive pieces with longer lives.


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