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Storytellers In Performance At Market Hall
Stories. For adults.

Tickets: $18:00 in advance $20 at door.
Market Hall Box Office: 705-749-1146, on-line

Teller: Kim Kilpatrick
Flying in the Dark: A Blind Woman’s Story
November 19, 7:30pm

Born blind, Kim has had her battles to fight. Sometimes other peoples’ ideas about blindness have weighed her down, held her back from soaring. This is the story of how laughter and language and music have set her free. The telling will send you off moved and chuckling; knowing you have been privileged to share in Kim’s relish for living. Kim has been performing for over a decade. She is best known or the quirky delights of her autobiographical work but her repertoire is varied. She has been featured at many Canadian Festivals and appears regularly at the National Arts Centre

Teller: Dale Jarvis
Music: Delf Maria Hohmann

The Brothers Grimm: Two Hundred Years and Counting  
February 9, 7:30pm

This compelling performance celebrates 200 years since the publication of the first volume of fairytales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Fierce, funny, ancient and so contemporary, these stories are woven together with music and revealing glimpses into the lives of the brothers.  Not for children or for the faint of heart! Dale Jarvis is a distinguished folklorist and a teller known across Canada and abroad for his unbounded energy and curiosity. Delf Maria Hohmann is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who performs to much acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, in English, French, Yiddish and German.

Tellers: Jan Andrews, Jennifer Cayley, Katherine Grier

Dragon’s Gold: A Sword Re-Forged, A Ring Accursed
April 26, 7:30pm

A story from ancient Norse literature; a son slain; retribution exacted in gold; with the gold an accursed ring; with the ring discord and death; the blighting of Brunhilde and Sigurd’s passionate love; the inspiration for Wagner’s Ring Cycle; and in our time, for Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring. Jan Andrews, Jennifer Cayley and Katherine Grier are among the finest of Canadian tellers. They delight in bringing the ancient glories of oral literature to contemporary audiences. They have all told at festivals across the country and beyond.

Book of Judith Community Dinner

Join us and meet the artists behind the play The Book of Judith:
co-creators Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah G. Stanley, as well as Judith Snow.
Live entertainment from the Book of Judith Choir, directed by Susan Newman.
Saturday Nov. 26, 5pm-8pm

All Saints' Anglican Church Hall, 235 Rubidge St.
Wheelchair accessible.
Admission pay-what-you-can.

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of good moral character

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Lara Kramer

Lara Kramer
Lael Stellick

Lighting Design

Amélie Bourbonnais

Pierre-Luc Clément
Cris Derkse

Noémi Poulin

Robert Pharand

February 17, 2012 at 8pm

Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough


$22 / $15 students and seniors
info here

Public Energy presents
Lara Kramer

From one of Canada’s brightest up and coming choreographic talents, this is Lara’s second full-length work, following the acclaimed Fragments (2009). Here Lara explores the private places of the home, examining the intimacy of domestic relationships with themes such as obsession, instability, isolation and violence. Performed by Lara with the astonishing Lael Stellick, this work is an articulation of sensuality, vulnerability and explosive rage.










2011-12 Season Launch

Trick or Treat on Halloween?
Why not both?

Public Energy is tricking and treating on Halloween night at its 2011-12 season launch
And you’re invited.   

Public Energy will electrify the George Street face of Market Hall with
Dance - Theatre - Performance

Bigger Than Life - Fun For The Whole Family

Witness a spectacular visual transformation of the Market Hall featuring performers from the upcoming season, dancers on the edge, explosions of colour, and other tricks and treats, as Public Energy electrifies the face of the Market Hall...right before your eyes.
Join us on Halloween Night, Monday October 31st

Treats at 8 pm
Reception with complimentary food and drink in the Market Hall Upper Lobby,140 Charlotte St., Peterborough.
Hear all about Public Energy's 2011-12 season of dance, theatre and performance and be the first to pick up the 16-page season guide.

Tricks at 8:30 pm
Join us outside the Hall on the George St. sidewalk to view a spectacle of dance, music and special effects created especially for this launch.

 You really won't want to miss this.

From the House of Mirth

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Avant Première

Director and Choreograper

James Kudelka
Rodney Sharman

Alex Poch-Goldin
Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell for Hoax Couture
David Gaucher
Music Director
John Hess
Simon Rossiter

Laurence Lemieux
Claudia Moore
Vicky Bertram
Christianne Ullmark

Scott Belluz-countertenor
Graham Thomson-tenor
Alex Dobson-baritone
Geoffrey Sirrett-bass baritone

Sanya Eng – harp
Carina Reeves – cello
Kathryn Tremills – harmonium
Parmela Attariwala – violin
John Hess – piano

May 5, 8pm
May 6, 2pm


Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough

$35; sliding scale $20
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Laurence Lemieux as Lily Bart

Public Energy presents
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

From the House of Mirth is the latest creation from the fertile mind of James Kudelka (below), resident choreographer for Toronto-based Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC). This unusual work - for four female dancers, four male opera singers and a chamber orchestra of five musicians - is perfectly suited for the intimate theatre of the Market Hall, as it is designed for presentation in smaller venues to re-create the intimacy of a 19th century salon. The source of the dance is American novelist Edith Wharton’s classic novel The House of Mirth, a devastating critique of American aristocracy set in the 1890s. Wharton’s keen social commentary, and the issues faced by her heroine Lily Bart, is in many ways as relevant now as it was then. 

From the House of Mirth will use movement, music and the words of Wharton - as interpreted by librettist Alex Poch-Goldin - to establish a profound relationship between the past and present. The work has very little in the way of set, as it is designed to be performed in venues whose own architectural features, ornamentation, and rich history provide the ambiance for the performance.

Public Energy is proud to present the avant premiere of this new work, just prior to its world premiere the following week at CLC’s intimate studio theatre Toronto. This is the second premiere of a Kudelka work brought to Peterborough by CLC and Public Energy, after The Kudelka-Taylor project in 2007.


A few words on the work from James Kudelka:

“I propose to tell the story of The House of Mirth, not as a ballet, and not as an opera, and not as a sung play or music theatre. But I would like to work to create a libretto that would allow only the male characters to cue the story through song and to have the female characters be dancers. We plan to look closely at the moral issues and themes that the story brings up, and try to let each of the art forms pick up the thread of the storytelling when that particular form can do it best.

The interesting thing for me about The House of Mirth is that the novel almost never talks about love of any kind, but the book is all about relationships, and the inevitable need for a good marriage. There is virtually no sex in it. Love and sex are what ballet is all about. To be able to illustrate the heroine’s inner life through movement and her relationships to the men that help her, make demands on her and would save her, are incredibly interesting to me theatrically, because they aren’t about kisses.

I am looking to find a dance vocabulary from the inside, while directing the singers and the dancers who will appear together on stage, and to make all this seem normal and understandable. I am looking forward to unlocking it all and finding a theatrical way to bring this story into the flesh.”                

James Kudelka is widely acknowledged as one of North America’s most innovative choreographers. His mastery of both classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance have earned him commissions from companies as stylistically diverse as American Ballet Theatre, Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Kudelka’s work covers an impressive range from virtuoso pas de deux through large-scale adaptations of classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, to boldly innovative creative collaborations with dancers, designers and musicians. After nine years as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada (1996-2005), James Kudelka continues to undertake collaborative projects that engage and challenge him as a choreographer.  He has been a resident choreographer with Coleman Lemieux Compagnie since 2008.

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