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Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 7pm
Jewish Community Centre, 775 Weller St., Peterborough
Aharaona will talk about her life and work as an interdisciplinary theatre artist whose works have been seen in contemporary theatre festivals around the world.

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Master Class in Contact Dance with Ilya Domanov and Aharona Israel
Saturday, February 14, 2pm – 4pm
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February 12, 2015 at 8pm

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
140 Charlotte St., Peterborough ON

$22 / $15 students, underwaged / $5 high school students
Available in advance from the Market Hall box office: or 705-749-1146.
POST-SHOW TALK BACK with the artists following the Feb. 12th show.
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Concept / choreography / direction
Aharona Israel

Aharona Israel, Asa Wolfson
Actors / dancers / vocals
Ilya Domanov, Merav Dagan, Gal Shamai
Udi Berner
Liat Ezra

Marathon has been a hit at festivals around the world since its debut in 2012 and comes to Peterborough between the new Progress Festival in Toronto and the Undercurrents Festival in Ottawa. Marathon uses endless running as a metaphor for the daily experience of young Israelis, in a highly physical theatre work that pushes its three performers to the limit. Which of them will survive? As time goes by, their journey becomes more difficult and gradually the wounds of Israeli society open up and its default options become apparent. Through the performers’ own stories the work reflects on subconscious elements in Israeli culture and mentality, such as a constant sense of emergency and a desperate holding onto ideas and ideals.

Aharona Israel is a an interdisciplinary artist whose varied training – she is trained in dance and holds a B.A. in architecture – informs a body of work that combines intimate research into body and movement with a strong sensibility to social and political themes. Her works have been seen in festivals and theatres in Israel and across Europe since 2002. Read more below.

Marathon Aharona Israel

Marathon was generously supported by Big Sky Design.


Aharona Israel is a choreographer and interdisciplinary performance artist, born in Israel in 1973. She received her B.A. in Architecture from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. She trained in dance in the Netherlands and Israel and lived for eight years in Amsterdam. Now living in the land of her birth, she shares personally and artistically a double cultural experience, both Israeli and European.  

Since 2002 Aharona has been working as a free-lance choreographer, creating and showing her work in Israel and abroad. Her works have been shown in international festivals and theaters in Israel, Holland and Germany, among them: Acco festival IL, Tufa Festival Trier Germany, Testing-tools '11 Tel-aviv, Color dance festival Amsterdam, Perambulaçao at the Architecture Bianalle Roterdam Holland 2005.

As a choreographer her works have strong social-political references, combining theatre and text and drawing on her research in body and movement. With a varied background in the fields of arts, coming from the visual art and design field into dance, she brings a special interest in work for outdoor urban spaces, bringing together her understanding as an architect and her skills as a performer. She has a particular interest in multidisciplinary performances, interactive projects and site-specific works.

A Qi Gong practitioner, teacher of contact improvisation and improvisation dance, she makes atypical projects, using non-theatrical as well as conventional spaces. As a teacher she holds a regular course in dance improvisation for dancers and actors, and teaches classes and workshops regularly in various schools and independent formats.

NTU / Skwatta


Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 7pm
The Gathering Space at The First People's House of Learning, Trent University
Vincent Mantsoe will talk about his life growing up in the township of Soweto, South Africa, and his development as a dancer that eventually led him to settle in Paris, France.

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February 3, 2015 at 8pm

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
140 Charlotte St., Peterborough ON

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Post-Show Talk Back with Vincent Mantsoe following the show.

Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe was born and raised in Soweto, South Africa. Born in the middle of Apartheid, he was more interested in cultural growth than in politics. As a child he and his siblings woke everyday to the sound of drums, when his grandmother, mother and aunt were greeting the Ancestors. A descendant of a long line of Sangomas (traditional healers), Mantsoe participated in traditional ritualsinvolving the use of song, dance and drumming. Mantsoe does not believe that he is a Sangoma, although he possesses their spiritual energy. Currently his creative activities revolve around the existential challenge of bridging between the past, the present and the future. Creating a universe through dance, he invites the audience in to join him on his sometimes humorous, more often painful, and always extremely physical journey.

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 NTU and Skwatta was generously supported by Monkman, Gracie & Johnston Insurance Brokers & Trevelyan Architect.

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October 10, 2014 at 8pm

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
140 Charlotte St., Peterborough ON

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PRE-SHOW CHAT with Heidi Strauss, choreographer, 7pm in the lobby.
POST-SHOW RECEPTION meet the artists in the lobby following the show.

elsewhere, the latest work from Heidi Strauss and her company, adelheid, features some of Canada’s best dancers - Danielle Baskerville, Miriah Brennan, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson, Brendan Wyatt. Supported by a creation residency with Public Energy, elsewhere takes inspiration from the anthropological concept of ‘affect’ – our human capacity to affect, and be affected. In elsewhere, everyone is simultaneously together and alone; the reeling bodies are guided by a collection of experiences, leaving behind a sensory imprint of all that is changing, vital and fleeting. Strauss and her collaborators, filmmakers Laura Taler and Jeremy Mimnagh, have created a series of films to accompany the work, including the short film elsewhere, to be premiered at Public Energy’s season launch.

WORKSHOP WITH HEIDI STRAUSS AND JEREMY MIMNAGH: FROM LENS TO SCREEN A one day filmmaking intensive for artists, performers and filmmakers interested in collaborative filmmaking. October 11, 2014. Register at

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elsewhere was generously supported by artbox, Grady's Feet Essentials and Sticklings Bistro.

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October 24, 2014 at 8pm

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
140 Charlotte St., Peterborough ON

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PRE-SHOW CHAT with Ruth Madoc-Jones, director, 7pm in the lobby.
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eidolon noun 1. an idealized person or thing. 2. a specter or phantom.

Bill James’ newest work is inspired by important relationships he has had
throughout his life with those who have passed away. While it is his first full-length
solo work, it can also be seen as a series of duets with conjured spirits and a duet
with composer David Grenon, who creates both live music and architectural
soundscapes. Also collaborating on the project is director Ruth Madoc-Jones,
whose insightful work across disciplines has made her one of the most in-demand
directors in the country.

After establishing an international reputation in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto as
a dance artist and producer of multidisciplinary events, Bill moved to a farm just
outside Peterborough about ten years ago. Since then he has continued to pursue
his artistic vision, lately by putting himself in his own work. In 2013 Toronto’s
Soulpepper Theatre awarded Bill the Soulpepper Dance Award in the Senior Dance
Artist category. That award has supported the creation of eidolon.

eidolon was generously supported by Rocky Ridge.




Paris, La Nuit by Dennis Tourbin

September 12, 2014 at 8pm

Artspace, 378 Aylmer St. N.

No charge. All are invited. Held in conjunction with the opening of The Language of Visual Poetry, 7pm-11pm

Performed by
Edwin Conroy/Niagara Artists Run Centre (St. Catharines)

Artspace and Public Energy present
Paris, La Nuit
by Dennis Tourbin
Actor Edwin Conroy (from Dennis’s home town, St. Catharines) with the Niagara Artists Centre has done a masterful job of re-creating Tourbin himself in one of his signature ‘painted plays’, Paris, La Nuit, a colourful comic romp through the streets of Paris written in the the form of letters home to friends in Canada. An excerpt of the full-length work is presented here.

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Edwin Conroy Jr. performing in Paris, la Nuit - a multimedia installation and performance by Dennis Tourbin (1982). From the Collection of Nadia Laham. Paris, la Nuit was produced by the Niagara Artists Centre in 2012. Photo: Sandy Fairbairn © CARCC, 2014.

Paris, la Nuit is happening in conjunction with The Language of Visual Poetry (September 12 to November 2) curated by Marcie Bronson and organized by Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University. The Language of Visual Poetry is presented by the Art Gallery of Peterborough and hosted by Artspace, institutions Dennis had a strong association with and which are both celebrating their 40th anniversaries in 2014.

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