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Emergency #19

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Festival of New Dance and Performance
by Peterborough-area Artists

March 30-April 1, 2012

Market Hall
140 Charlotte St., Peterborough

$15 one program
$10 each additional

Call the Market Hall Box Office at 705-749-1146

Public Energy presents
Emergency #19

This year’s festival features 17 artists and groups of artists, presenting Peterborough audiences with the widest variety of performance styles and techniques they will see in any one event this year, including a one-on-one puppet show by veteran theatre artist Brad Brackenridge that can be viewed by only one person at a time.  The artists in Emergency #19 range from solo contemporary dancers to groups of 10 or more, employing a range of techniques from real-time video projections and contact dance, to circus arts, clowning, puppetry and traditional Sri Lankan celebration dance. The subjects explored in the performances are just as varied; they range from tiger taming and the interrogation techniques of the Spanish inquisition, to mental health issues, life on the margins, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the influence of technology and digital information on children.
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Program A
Friday 7:30pm / Sunday 2pm

Lester Tegan Opal   Revolutions
Kate Felix    Trapped in my Mind
Hilary Wear    Seal Woman Moves: Life on Land
Bill James   Rant
Deborah Harrison    Maeve's intoxication
The PyroFlys   Broken Down Circus

Program B
B Friday 9pm / Saturday 7:30pm

Melanie McCall & Tara Williamson  Stark
Alli Pfaff    Life is a One Way Ticket
Old Men Dancing    Occupy This
Keith Macfarlane    The Lesson *
Gaya  Nilukshini S. Jayasinghe   Traditional Sri-Lankan Celebration Dances

 * warning: Program B
strong language and explicit sexual content. NOT FOR KIDS!

Program C
Saturday 9pm / Sunday 3:30pm

Kate Story  All she's told him
Wes Ryan   Appendages: the trailer
Deb Renyolds & Hermione Rivison   Do You See It?
Mark Wallace   Mathias!
Ryan Kerr   Falling Down
Ryan Kerr   Impenitent


One on one Puppet Theatre In The Lobby
Friday 6:30pm & 8:30pm / Saturday 6:30pm & 8:30pm / Sunday 1pm & 3pm

Brad Brackenridge Vertep
Vertep is approx 5 min in length. Continous performances will begin at the above times and continue for about one hour. Tickets are not sold in advance; to view the work, audience members attending one of the Emergency programs must put their name on a viewing list being compiled by the special Vertep attendant.


Photo by Wayne Eardley of Melanie McCall
as Tiger Tamer in Stark 


Performance descriptions

Lobby Installation

Brad Brackenridge
Vertep is a one-on-one puppet show to be performed every 5 minutes for one viewer at a time in a special custom-made enclosure installed in the Market Hall lobby. Brad’s collaborators on the work include two singers, a costume designer, a carpenter and a multi-media artist. Brackenridge, whose mother passed away three years ago, describes the work as a “meditation on life, death and beyond”.

Program A

Lester Tegan Opal
This collaborative trio integrates live video mapping, electronic music, contact improvisation, and hoop dance as forms of expression. Thematically it explores the cyclical nature of creation and destruction; organic and mechanical form; sexuality and relationships.

Katie Felix
Trapped In My Mind
Exploring the growth of an individual and the synchronicity of mind-body interaction, this work explores the dynamic relationship between aspects of the self, adult onset psychosis, and mental health issues. Trapped In My Mind is an investigation into the unsuspecting soul who encounters a psychotic break and is forced to face the difficulty of putting oneself back together. Featuring dancers Katie Blow, Krista Newey and Tayler Owens.

Hilary Wear
Seal Woman Moves: Life on Land
Seal Woman Moves: Life on Land is taken from the middle of the selkie story and shows the displaced one's conflicted state: recurring urges to go and stay.

Bill James
Rant is a solo dance performance featuring Wes Ryan.

Deborah Harrison
Maeve's Intoxication
Unleashing destruction or a path to healing? Harrison explores Chaos, the third rhythm in the Five Rhythms Ecstatic Dance tradition practiced locally by the Dance Your Bones collective, and wonders aloud where it will lead.

The PyroFlys
Broken Down Circus
Car trouble or no, the show must go on, even if that show is in the middle of nowhere. The PyroFlys will dazzle you with their harmonious mastery of the flowing circus arts.

Program B

Melanie McCall and Tara Williamson
This is a performance based on the extraordinary true life of legendary tiger tamer Mabel Stark’s love for her tigers, her passionate life, and the thrill of The Big Top. Through dance, storytelling, theatrics and live music we attempt to shine a spotlight on a life most unusual and inspiring. Come join the Circus and marvel at the mystery! Performed by Melanie McCall, with music by Tara Williamson.
Alli Pfaff
Life Is A One Way Ticket
An exploration of the romanticism and reality of life at sea, Ms. Pfaff tells her true story of crossing an ocean aboard a small sailboat. Using images from her recent passage across the Atlantic, the story is woven into a soft flowing composition of moving soundscapes.

Old Men Dancing
Occupy This
This year’s offering is a simple musing on the movement started on Wall Street by some Canadians from Adbusters Magazine. It raises hope for the coming spring, while asking the burning question; “Where do we go from here?” Some pundits read deep esoteric meaning into the work of Old Men Dancing. However, as can be seen in their newest work, that is not what the group aims for; rather they start with a concrete idea and then through improvisation and tinkering move as far away as possible, while still leaving a distinct whiff of it in the finished work.

Keith Macfarlane
The Lesson
The Lesson is a meta-theatrical story that explores how children access and navigate their world through technology and digital information. A world that is, or has become, increasingly constructed by images in the media, outside of the guise of parents, mentors and role models.  In their endless digital world of information, children use the imagery in music to teach themselves about the nature of human relationships. Thus, in this story there are many characters, but only two teachers and one student. Who each of them are
depends on the perspective of each individual audience member.

Gaya Nilukshini S. Jayasinghe
Gaya will perform a selection of traditional Sri Lankan celebration dances, including one of the eighteen Wannam Recitals, or descriptive element dances, in Sri Lankan Kandyan dance which describes an eagle in flight. The music ranges from classic movie songs to classic recordings featuring Kandyan drums, flute, and a few new instruments.

Program C

Kate Story
All She's Told Him
This new work pulls from Kate Story's latest novel, Wrecked Upon This Shore: a son, his mother, and the father he never knew. Performed by Kate with Keith Macfarlane and Ryan Kerr, and music by Curtis Driedger.

Wes Ryan
The Teth Theatre presents Appendages (The Trailer)
A fast paced live-action trailer, using contact, slap-stick, and spoken-word, Appendages presents a dystopia where all social services are privatized and entrepreneurs are encouraged to recruit clients by whatever means necessary.  A comic portrayal of life on the margins, as told by Peterborough's first integrated theatre company, this parody asks the question, "Have you got spare change, for a good cause?"    

Deb Renyolds & Hermione Rivison
Do You See It?
In the search for what matters, two clowns learn about what matters most and what can be left behind on the journey to find it.

Mark Wallace
A serious clown prepares to give the performance of his life. Cue the unexpected. Matthias must choose to stand and face the music or to exit, pursued by a bear.

Ryan Kerr
two short works: Falling Down and Impentinent

Falling Down was created for the weekly dance class run by Kerr’s dance company Fleshy Thud. Over the course of two eight-week sessions, the piece was taught to the students as an illustration of different modern/contemporary dance techniques, and then adapted as a duet.

Impenitent is one of three pieces to be performed in Fleshy Thud's next production “Unkind”, scheduled for June, 2012. It is based on the 15th century philosophy of Tomas Torquemada, the man who literally wrote the book on how to interrogate heretics for the Spanish Inquisition, and the public procession a heretic would make on the way to their auto-da-fé (public burning).





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605 Collective

Lisa Gelley
Sasha Kozak
Shay Kuebler
Josh Martin
Maiko Miyauchi


Jason Dubois

March 9 2012 at 12:30 pm
March 10 2012 at 8pm


The Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough


$22; $15 students and seniors
High School Students $5
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Public Energy Presents
The 605 Collective

The 605 Collective is the most exciting dance company to come out of the vigorous Vancouver dance scene in years. Their athletic, fast-paced and playful movement has attracted hip-hop fans, classical dance lovers and a wide audience from the contemporary arts community. In Audible, 5 rambunctious performers jump, dive and collide to create a rough-and-tumble dance, transforming today’ s hyper communication into a highly athletic contact sport.

Dance with the 605 Collective

Hip Hop Class
Thurs March 8, 7-8:30pm
PCVS Dance Studio 201 McDonnel St. Peterborough

Highly energetic and fun, this class will focus on elements of hip hop, emphasizing individualism and personal style.
$5 or Free with ticket to show.

Master Class
Sat March 10 10:30am - noon
Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
Includes movement repertoire from Audible. This class will include examples of 605's movement vocabulary from past repertoire, as well as improvisation structures, combining techniques and styles found in both contemporary and hip-hop dance. Participants will be exploring the body's relationship with the floor, articulations and isolations of body parts at various levels, and discovering effective and safe ways to carry out large, athletic movements while maintaining raw and powerful execution. Participants should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Bare feet recommended. Bring knee-pads if available, but not mandatory.
$10 or Free with ticket to show.

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~ Your logo and acknowledgement of your sponsorship in our season brochure
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~ Four tickets to each show

Now... onto the SHOWS!



Inspired by the life and work of one of Canada’s controversial activists for inclusion Judith Snow. This uplifting and no-holds-barred musical play is about a man driven to change the lives of others (without first changing his own). The choir will feature a cast of Peterborough singers and special guest appearances by local performers and musical directors will round out the company. visit

The 605 Collective is the most exciting dance company to come out of the vigorous Vancouver dance scene in years. Their athletic, fast-paced and playful movement has attracted hip-hop fans, classical dance lovers and a wide audience from the contemporary arts community. In Audible, 5 rambunctious performers jump, dive and collide to create a rough-and-tumble dance, transforming today’ s hyper communication into a highly athletic contact sport. Check out their video here

Emergency #19
This widely popular and hotly  anticipated annual event features the latest works from our local performers. With up to 3 programmes this festival can showcase over 50 artists and spans all forms of performance.  Through tailored workshops, mentoring and by providing access to a professional space (AT THE MARKET HALL), PE has been building the performing arts scene for almost 20 years with this festival.

House of Mirth
PE is very proud to present the latest creation from the fertile minds of former National Ballet of Canada artistic director James Kudelka (right) and composer RodneySharman. Featuring 4 female dancers, 4 male opera singers and an orchestra of 5 musicians. Based on the Edith Wharton story, It promises to be a tour de force of dance & music.


 contact Bill or Laurel at 705.745.1788 or email

* Exclusive Sponsorships are available too.
Please contact us to discuss special rates for becoming the exclusive sponsor for our entire season or for single shows.

The Book of Judith

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Michael Rubenfeld
Sarah Garton Stanley
Michael Rubenfeld
with Sarah Garton Stanley
Sarah Garton Stanley

Andrew Penner

Michael Rubenfeld
The Book of Judith Choir
Judith Snow

Musical Director

Susan Newman

January 21, 7:30 pm
January 22, 11:00 am


The Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough


$18; Students/Seniors $12
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Public Energy presents
Self-Conscious Theatre

The Book of Judith, created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley, is a musical play about Matthew Goldberg, a self-anointed preacher, who is driven to change the lives of others without actually understanding the true nature of change. 

After a chance meeting with artist Judith Snow, a woman with quadriplegia, Matthew believes he has “seen the light” and been transformed.  Matthew is now embarking on an unstoppable attempt to show everyone else “the light” and heal the world by sharing his story of meeting and loving Judith Snow.  With the assistance of an
integrated choir, comprised of local singers with and without disability, Matthew attempts to convert the audience (and choir) by preaching his Book of Judith, containing what he believes is the wisdom of Judith Snow.

The Book of Judith is a story about courage, love, ignorance, and the very real possibility of transformation.  This is Matthew Goldberg’s story of Judith Snow.

“This is not the world that I would have designed” – Judith Snow

“It is a socially minded, soul-mending public spectacle of the stand-up-and-shout variety and, at the risk of sounding more of a cheerleader than critic, I encourage you to see this and to lend to its charming crusade your own energy. You never know: miracles happen every day.”
- Eye Weekly (Toronto)

Elizabeth Bower reports in the Examiner

Book of Judith Choir
rehearsal photos

Sopranos:L-R, B.Snow Manning, Emma Turnball, Kate Story, Emily Caddigan, Tammy Woolman

Altos: Stephanie Benn, Carrie Hoskins, Deb Renyolds, Lisa Schmor, Jill Walker

Tenors: John Hoffman, Holly Bennett, Karen Hoffman, Jason King

Baritones: Rob Fortin, Ray Barker, Max Price, Colin MacAdam, Connor Loftus

Musical Director Susan Newman

Choir Manager & Alto: Di Latchford

Co-creator/Director: Sarah Garton Stanley

Co-Creator/Performer: Michael Rubenfeld


The Book of Judith Choir





The Dream Machine

Atelier Ludmila and Public Energy present

The Dream Machine
with Minister Aschenbach
and his Dream Ministry

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September 15 & 16, 2011
8pm: Introduction & Dream Retrieval/Collection Session
10pm: The Dream Reveal
The Sapphire Room, 137 Hunter St W Peterborough


Dr. Aschenbach & The Dream Machine
have been touring villages and towns collecting dream data for the Viennese Ministry of Dream Interpretation and Global Dream Archives.
Please consider submitting your dream(s) to this touring collection

Submit your dreams
Please take a moment to recollect a sleeping dream. 
Write it down in here: Dream Collection Agency
or deposit in a Dream Machine Collection Box (available at The Sapphire Room, Black Honey, Dreams of Beans) for processing through the Ministry's patented Dream Distillery.
(your anonymity is assured)

Come to the Event
Experience the transmogrification of the collected passions, anxieties and subconscious drives as they are revealed in a fully orchestrated théâtre d'ombres performance.
2 nights only!

Can't remember your dreams?
Try Dr. Aschenbach's Dream Mnemonic Cards- Scientenaciously proven to summon dream memories for retrieval and collection.

TRY ONE NOW!  Objects  Situations  Words
please be aware- you may feel a slight tingle or twinge when confronted with an image or word of potency- this is a good sign that you are accessing a dream memory. The sensation should soon pass and has no ill side-effects. 

Still in a Fog?
Peruse this short form list of dream elements: ShortForm
if willing- please print this off and contribute your results to the dream data collection via email, or hand-delivery to the collection boxes or event.

Dream Mnemonic cards, short and long forms and other suspendisse-scientia recovery devices will be available during the collection and retrieval  process on Sept. 15 & 16 prior to the Dream Reveal. 

Please Note:
All submitted dreams will be rendered anonymous and added to the Dream Log Touring Collection for research and public viewing





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