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Artist in Residence
Bill Coleman
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Public Energy Celebrates Kate Story
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The 2015 Wearable Art Show
Featuring the Runway Challenge
April 25, 2015
Market Hall

Market Hall The 2015 Runway Challenge features artists Leslie Menagh & Kelly O'Neill with local business The Endeavour Centre; Gillian Turnham with The Night Kitchen; Holly McClellan with East City Flower Shop; Christiana (Chris) Ferguson with Lakefield Pantry;  Grace Mahoney with GreenUP; Cheryl Ellis with Pammett’s Flower Shop and Elizabeth Bartley with Custom Copy.

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Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
Fueled by Public Energy
April 16, 2015
The Gordon Best Theatre

With Bill Coleman (choreographer), Daniel Taylor (director), Mairi Greig (dancer), and music from Christopher Bagan, Alexander Dobson, and soloists from the University of Toronto's Theatre of Early Music and Schola Cantorum.

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Emergency #21
March 26-29, 2015
Market Hall and The Theatre on King

Performances by Nick Ferrio, Janel Jarvis, Heather McGillivray, Old Men Dancing, Opal, Stephanie Bartsch and Becca Partington, Hermione Rivison, Northumberland Contemporary Dance Collective, Dave Cave, Barbara Dametto, Kenn Gibb, Judith Mason, Tegan Moss and Caitlin Bragg, Hilary Wear, Bernie Martin & Kate Story & Curtis Driedger, Brad Brackenridge, and Jess Rowland.

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Aharona Israel - Marathon
February 12, 2015
Market Hall

With Aharona Israel (choreographer) and performers Ilya Domanov, Merav Dagan, and Gal Shamai.

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Vincent S. K. Mantsoe - NTU / Skwatta
February 3, 2015
Market Hall

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Kate Story - damned be this transmigration
Fueled by Public Energy
January 29 - February 1, 2015
The Theatre on King

Written and created by Kate Story; based on works of Don Marquis; performances by Kate Story, Brad Brackenridge, Ryan Kerr, Em Glasspool, Rob Fortin, and Susan Newman.

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Bill Coleman & Mark Shaub - The Brothers Plaid, and
Gordon Monahan - Sauerkraut Synthesizer
January 8, 2015
The Gordon Best Theatre

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Bill James - eidolon
October 24, 2014
Market Hall

Choreography by Bill James; Director Ruth Madoc-Jones; Composer David Grenon.

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Heidi Strauss (Adelheid) - elsewhere
October 10, 2014
Market Hall

Choreography by Heidi Strauss; collaborative films by Laura Taler and Jeremy Mimnagh.

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Totally Multi: Dennis Tourbin's World of Performance
September 13, 2014
Market Hall

Performances by The Art Tarts, The CeeDees, Elizabeth Chitty, Michael Dennis, Catherine Jenkins, Ryan Kerr, Marion Lewis, Ward Maxwell, Ian McLachlan, Bob Nasmith, ScratchMouth, Sue Nelson & Christine Nicholson, David Ramsden, and Robert Winslow.

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Niagara Artists Run Centre - Paris, La Nuit by Dennis Tourbin
September 12, 2014

Performed by Edwin Conroy.

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Atelier Ludmila - Baba Yaga & The Lost Babuska
Fueled by Public Energy
September 6-7, 2014
The Little Stewart Street Park and Historic Victoria Park

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August 8, 2014
The Garnet
Readings by Phil Oakley, Laurel Paluck, Josh Butcher, Ryan Kerr, Wes Ryan, Em Glasspool, Brad Brackenridge, and Bill Kimball.
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Dusk Dances 2014
July 24-27, 2014
Rotary Park

Choreography by Myriam Allard, Throwdown Collective, Denise Fujiwara, Julia Aplin, and Andrea Lithgow.

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Public Energy Celebrates Kate Story

May 22, 2015 at 9:45 pm
The Theatre On King, 159 King St. (around back) 


Local Artist Kate Story Awarded for Theatre!

Congratulate Kate Story and celebrate with host Public Energy this Friday, May 22, at The Theatre on King

A public recognition of the award featuring a screening of short video clips from Kate’s many productions with Public Energy, selected by artistic producer Bill Kimball will take place on Friday, May 22 at the Theatre On King at 159 King St, Peterborough. The party will take place at about 9:45pm, immediately following the regularly scheduled presentation of the short play Terror and Erebus at 9pm. Admission to Terror and Erebus, a puppetry work by Brad Brackenridge, is $10 or pay-what-you-can. Admission to the party is free.

Public Energy is pleased to announce that local artist Kate Story has been awarded the prestigious 2015 KM Hunter Award for Theatre. Story has a long affiliation with Public Energy and many of her performances have been presented by PE and developed with support from our “Fuelled By Public Energy” program. A central figure in the local professional theatre scene, Story received the prize to recognize that she is an artist who “is starting to make a significant mark in their field…and has demonstrated both talent and the potential for further development.”

Public Energy is also pleased to announce that we will present Story’s newest work, Performances May be Permanent, to kick off our 2015/2016 Season in September.

KateStory AndyCarrollKate Story is a writer, performer, director and choreographer originally from Newfoundland. She creates original performance works characterized by elements of dance, theatre and performance art, often multi-disciplinary collaborations with other artists. The strength of her work lies in her talents as writer and performer and choreographer. Blogger Annie Jaeger put it best when she wrote, “Using both voice and body language and her own distinctive scripts, she is one of those rare female actors who can deliver slapstick as easily as poetry with unaffected grace.”

Public Energy’s connection with Kate Story’s career in theatre and multi-disciplinary performance goes back to 1998 when PE presented her solo work Swallowed in the sixth Emergency performance festival.  Seventeen years later, Public Energy is proud to announce that its latest collaboration with Kate in September, 2015 will be a presentation of another solo work with music, a new version of her acclaimed work from 2011, Performances May Be Permanent.

Like Swallowed, Performances May Be Permanent is collaboration with a musician, pianist Bill Brennan. Brennan is a nationally recognized pianist whose credits include serving as musical director for such varied enterprises as Stuart MacLean’s Vinyl Café and choreographer Sarah Chase, with whom he appeared on a Public Energy program at the Market Hall in 2004. Story and Brennan will perform Performances May Be Permanent at the Market Hall for one night only, September 24th. Following this date, they will present the work at Neighborhood Dance Works, a national dance festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

For more information, see or call the Public Energy Office to inquire: 705-745-1788
Media contact: Bill Kimball, artistic producer — email:

Public Energy is a presenter and animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance, and interdisciplinary work.  Their work is dedicated to supporting the creation, touring, and presentation of innovative contemporary performance arts, and to developing audiences that are knowledgeable and passionate.

Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

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Under the direction of Daniel Taylor
Head of Historical Performance, U of T Faculty of Music

April 16, 2015 at 8pm
The Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter St. W.
Tickets: $20
In advance in person at The Only Café, 216 Hunter St. W.

Award-winning choreographer Bill Coleman returns, with dancer Mairi Greig (Toronto Dance Theatre) to offer his moving vision of Purcell's first opera, supported by soloists from the Theatre of Early Music and Schola Cantorum (U of T), accompanied by Christopher Bagan (Opera Atelier), and featuring baritone Alexander Dobson.

Choreographer Bill Coleman as Aeneas (above) returns (with dancer Mairi Greig as Dido)
to offer his moving vision of Purcell's first opera. photo: John Lauener

Fueled By Public Energy

damned be this transmigration

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written and created by Kate Story
based on the works of Don Marquis

January 29 – February 1, 2015
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 1pm
The Theatre On King, 159 King Street, Peteborough
tickets: $15 or Pay-What-You-Can
a Fueled By Public Energy event

Take a wild ride through the raucous, tragic world of writer Don Marquis and his creations: literary cockroach Archy, morally-careless alley cat Mehitabel, and more.  

A dancing, singing theatrical rollercoaster with original music, brought to you by a star-studded team of Peterborough artists: Kate Story, Brad Brackenridge, Ryan Kerr, Em Glasspool, Rob Fortin and Susan Newman.

More about Kate Story here.

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The 2015 Wearable Art Show Featuring the Runway Challenge

Public Energy's Faux-fashion Fundraiser Featuring The Runway Challenge

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April 25, 2015 at 8 pm
Doors open at 7 pm
Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
General admission tickets $20 / $15 for students, seniors, underwaged
On line: phone: 705-749-1146

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Cabaret-style seating $30 each. Call Public Energy to book at 705-745-1788. Get the best view, up close to the runway at table seating. Come on your own or put a group together.

The 2015 Wearable Art Show, featuring the Runway Challenge

A showcase of Peterborough artists unleashing wild creations upon the catwalk, all to benefit Public Energy's work in the community. As an audience member, it is an opportunity to dress up and get down with the artistic milieu while showing your support of Public Energy's work in the community. As an artist, this is your opportunity to show off your talents and challenge your abilities, as you meld your mind with new materials. Get inspired!

Photo artist Wayne Eardley has created a short video drawing on his work for Public Energy and 4th Line Theatre. Filmed in the de-consecrated chapel at the Mount Community Centre, it features Robert Winslow as Rev. Bobby Angel from 4th Line's upcoming production of Gimme That Prime Time Religion, and 6 artists from Public Energy's Wearable Art Show.

Announcing our Live Artists: Anne Cavanagh (below -left) and Janet Howse (below-right). These two hugely talented artists will each create an original work of art, live while we watch, to be raffled off at the end of the night. Raffle tickets are $3 each, 2 for $5, 5 for $10.

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View footage from past shows here.  Run through all 18 designs from 2012, 2013, 2014 in under 8 minutes.                                                   


Featured in the Silent Auction: 2 week Mexican Getaway (above right). Value: $1,500. Read about all the Silent Auction items

On March 24th we hosted the Runway Challenge draw to match artists and businesses in the Market Hall Lobby (2nd Floor) at Noon. This year’s Runway Challengers and their Business Partners are above from left: Leslie Menagh & Kelly O'Neill + The Endeavour Centre; Gillian Turnham + The Night Kitchen; Holly McClellan + East City Flower Shop; Christiana (Chris) Ferguson + Lakefield PantryGrace Mahoney + GreenUP; Cheryl Ellis + Pammett’s Flower Shop and Amber Worr (photo on right) with Elizabeth Bartley + Custom Copy.

Silent Auction
Local businesses have already generously donated over $5,000 in prizes to be won! Here are some of our silent auction and event donors: Ashburnham Ale House, BE Catering, Bellydance Lessons with Janel Jarvis, Blyth Festival, Black Honey, Brad Brackenridge, Brio Gusto, Bronson Smith, Century Health, Circus, Canadian Canoe Museum, DAVIDsTEA, Elderberry Herbals, Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Holiday Inn Waterfront-Peterborough, Karma's Café, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Mazatlan Mexico House, Riverside Retreat, 4th Line Theatre, National Arts Centre, National Ballet of Canada, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Rowena Dykins, Showplace Performance Centre, Shaw Festival, Spa @ Trillium, Stratford Festival, The Favourite Greek, The Sapphire Room, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Valerie Davidson Jewellery, Westben Arts Festival Theatre,
Yates Fine Carpentry, ZimArt

Special Guests
Opening act will be up and coming break dancer Will Campbell, who appeared in our first Wearable Art Show five years ago. Welcome back!

What is The Runway Challenge?
The feature attraction in Public Energy's annual Wearable Art Show.

Seven artists/designers are matched up with seven local businesses and challenged to create a stunning work of sartorial genius to be strutted down the catwalk at Market Hall. The catch? The artists only find out which business/materials they’ll be working with one month ahead of time, and those materials have nothing to do with fashion. The result is a fashion show unlike any other; where wildly creative outfits are modeled and presented in a fun and theatrical way. On May 8, 2014, Wayne Eardley photographed the 2014 Runway Challenge creations at The Mount Community Centre. Watch video here.

The 2015 Wearable Art Show featuring The Runway Challenge was generously sponsored by Circus & Donna O'Shaughnessy, Century 21.

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Below are some examples from the 2014 show at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre. All photos by Esther Vincent.

                                                                                         2014 Runway Challengers

 Artist: Amber Conlon +                    Artist: Nepher Lewis +                  Artist: Catalina Motta +                   Artist: Rachel Robichaud
 Business: Endeavour Centre           Business: GreenUP                        Business: The Night Kitchen           Business: Custom Copy
 Model: Samantha Payne                  Model: Janet Howse                     Model: Katie O'Rourke                    Model: Annie Gleason

                                            Artist: Tori Silvera                                           Artists: Lori Brand & Wes Ryan
                                            Business: Pammett's Flowers                       Business: The Lakefield Pantry
                                            Model: Jesse Morrison                                  Model: Wes Ryan


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