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Edge of the Woods Theatre Presents Ralph + Lina

Edge of the Woods Theatre Presents Ralph + Lina

Wednesday, November 11, and Thursday, November 12, 2015
8:00 p.m.

The Market Hall Theatre
140 Charlotte Street, 3rd Floor
Peterborough, ON
K9J 2T8

$25 general / $17 students, underwaged / $8 high school students
*Ticket prices include box office service charges
Tickets available for purchase through Market Hall Theatre.

Post-show reception: Meet the artists in the lobby following the show.
Attention teachers! Book your students into a matinee for grades 7-12. Email Public Energy or call us at 705-745-1788.

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Edge of the Woods Theatre Presents Ralph + Lina

a Fuelled By Public Energy event

Partially set in Peterborough, Ralph + Lina is a rough and tumble romance following the struggles of two Italian lovers in the face of war, immigration and old age. Real life husband and wife Dan Watson and Christina Serra take the stage, directed by award winning artist Michele Smith (Smith & Gilmour), to tell the very Canadian story of Serra’s grandparents and their struggle to make a better life together in a new city and country: Peterborough, Canada. With 4 Dora Mavor Moore nominations (Outstanding Production, New Play, Ensemble and Female Performance) and a sold out tour of Ontario, this acrobatic comedy has proven an instant favourite with audiences everywhere. For more information about Edge of the Woods Theatre click here.

Photo: Lacey Creigton

Here's what critics are saying about Ralph + Lina:

✭✭✭✭ This is physical theatre at its finest integrating movement, dance, acrobatics and relying on minimal use of dialogue.”
- Christopher Hoile, Stage Door Reviews

✭✭✭✭…charming, funny, piercing, honest and tightly paced. It’s hard to walk away from “Ralph + Lina” with anything but a smile on your face…
- Christina Strynatka, The Examiner Review

…adorable in the extreme, tempered by moments of poignancy… - J Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

“…an enduring romance that resonates through generations.” - Zoe Erwin-Longstaff, Charlebois Post Review

View the trailer for Ralph + Lina

Ralph +Lina Promo Video- Edge of the Woods Theatre from Edge of the Woods Theatre on Vimeo.

Season 2015-2016

Lara Kramer: Tame

Attention Performers!

Artist-in-Residence Lara Kramer will be hosting a special workshop on Sunday, October 18, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Click here to learn more.

State of Body:
A Workshop for Performers with Lara Kramer

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:00 pm

Pre-show chat: Chat with Lara Kramer, choreographer, at 7pm in the lobby.
Post-show reception: Meet the artists in the lobby following the show.

The Market Hall Theatre
140 Charlotte Street, 3rd Floor
Peterborough, ON
K9J 2T8

$24 general / $17 students, underwaged / $8 high school students
*Ticket prices include box office service charges
Tickets available for purchase through Market Hall Theatre.

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Public Energy Presents Lara Kramer's Tame (World Premiere)

In Tame, choreographer Lara Kramer’s newest work, three dancers navigate a chaotic landscape filled with ambiguity, off-beat humour, and colourful perversion. As Public Energy's artist-in-residence, Lara will be putting the finishing touches on this brand-new work, on top of conducting a variety of outreach activities in the community. Kramer, whose work is intimately linked to memory and her aboriginal roots, took the Canadian dance world by storm with her most recent work, Native Girl Syndrome.

Searching boundaries and desires, restraints and fears pertaining to freedom of expression, this new creation explores instinctual reactions within a universe of personalized confinement.  Floating through various states, the unorthodox characters navigate through and indulge in their psychosis. A voyeuristic journey for the viewer.

Choregrapher: Lara Kramer
Performers/Collaborators: Angie Cheng, Karina Iraola & Amélie Rajotte
Creative process member: Lucie Vigneault
Technical Director & Lighting Designer: Paul Chambers
Musical arrangment by: Lara Kramer & Marc Meriläinen
Costumes & Set-Desgin: Lara Kramer
Photography: Robert Zbikowski

Learn more about Lara and Tame at her website,



Watch a Trailer for Tame

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Artist-in-Residence: Lara Kramer, October 12-17


     Lara Kramer is the artistic director and choreographer Lara Kramer Danse, a company based in Montreal. Kramer received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal (2008).

Kramer is a First Nation dancer and choreographer whose work is intimately linked to memory and her Aboriginal roots. Working with strong visuals and narrative, Kramer’s work pushes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Her work is political and potent, often examining political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples. Kramer has been recognized as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

Her work has been presented at the OFFTA, Montreal (2008 & 2014), The First Peoples Festival, Montreal (2009), Festival Vue Sur la Reléve, Montreal (2010),The Talking Sticks Festival, Vancouver (2011 & 2013), Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa (2011 & 2014), The Banff Centre, Banff (2011), MAI (Montreal arts intercultural), Montreal (2010 & 2011), Public Energy, Peterborough (2012), Planet IndigenUS, Toronto (2012), Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver (2013 & 2014), Tangente, Montreal (2013), New Dance Horizons, Regina (2014), and Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Edmonton (2014). Her acclaimed work Fragments (2009) inspired by her mother’s stories of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, has brought her recognition as one of Canada’s bright new talents.

Her new creation NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”) received a commission from The Canada Dance Festival,  a creation residency at Studio Marie Chouinard and at Conseil des arts de Montreal.

Public Energy presented Kramer's work,of good moral character,in February of 2012.

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For more information, please call or email Public Energy during regular office hours at 705-745-1788 or

Tame is made possible by the generous contributions of our community sponsors:

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Dusk Dances 2015: Pre-Show Workshops

July 23 - 26 2015
Workshops run nightly from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Dusk Dances begins at 7 p.m.

Rotary Park is the lower section of Nichols Oval, accessed from Hazlitt
Street on the east side and the London Street footbridge to the west.
Click here to see a map
Workshop meet-up locations TBA

Admission to the workshops is free.
Admission to Dusk Dances is by donation ($10 suggested, or pay-what-you-can).

Thursday, July 23, 2015 (6:00 - 6:45 p.m.)
Circus Arts with Pyrobelle
Instructor: Victoria Wood aka Pyrobelle
Style of Class: Circus Arts

Come one, come all! Experience and explore the arts of the circus under the expert tutelage of The PyroFly's Pyrobelle! In true Cirque fashion, participants in this workshop will be exposed to multiple tricks, toys, and movements integral to the art of circustry. A delight for the young and the young at heart! Following the completion of the workshop, Pyrobelle will present a special circus and fire performance.

Hooked? Continue taking circus arts classes in the Fall with Victoria and Thomas Vaccaro at the Peterborough Academy for Circus Arts. Meanwhile, learn more about the PyroFlys on their Facebook.

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Friday, July 24, 2015 (6:00 - 6:45 p.m.)
Maanoo (Let it Happen)
Instructor: Hilary Wear
Style of Class: Drama/Clown
In this workshop, entitled "Maanoo (Let it Happen)," participants will be lead through a series of playful explorations in cooperative and drama-clown games. Creativity is supported through improvisations, encouraging self- and group-reliance. Hilary Wear is - among other things - a performer, community volunteer, and facilitator of culture-grounded cooperative inter-generational games-playing and drama groups. Most recently she has been developing and touring a Clown character, "Tootah," who picks up trash, kindly interacts, and longs to know what those bineshiinyag (birds) are saying.



Saturday, July 25, 2015 (6:00 - 6:45 p.m.)
Muscle/Bone – Mind/Body
Instructor: Bill James
Style of Class: Dance/Yoga

Relax on Saturday evening with Bill James' introduction to "Muscle/Bone–Mind/Body," a hybrid dance/yoga class that combines the improvisational and active elements of dance with the rhythmic flow of yoga and stretching in a way which is certain to get everyone moving and relaxed. The workshop is comprised of three periods: the first moves bodies across the space in cycles of rhythmic, percussive movements; the second engages the imagination as the class flows through cycles of improvisation and mindful walking; and the third finishes the session with yoga-based stretches and breathing movements.

Continue with Bill’s regular "Muscle/Bone–Mind/Body" classes at Seeds of Change in the Fall.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015 (6:00 - 6:45 p.m.)
Introduction to Hip Hop
Instructor: Nicole Kelly
Style of Class: Hip Hop

Whether you want to learn some new moves for summer or just learn enough to get by, this workshop is for you! Award-winning young choreographer Nicole Kelly will introduce participants of all ages to popular hip hop dance techniques in this fun forty-five minute session. Get moving and try something new in a carefree environment!

Continue learning hip hop with Nicole Kelly at Imagine Studios in the Fall.

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Questions? Call or email our office at 705-748-1788 or email for more information.

See the main Dusk Dances event page here.

Season 2015-2016

Public Energy brochure 2015 2016             

Public Energy Season Brochure

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Artist in Residence
Lara Kramer

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Celebrating 20+ years of bringing Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux to Peterborough

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The 2016 Wearable Art Show
Featuring the Runway Challenge
May 14, 2016
Market Hall

Featured artists include Kathryn Bahun working with The Night Kitchen, Lisa Marchant with Lakefield Pantry, Melinda Masters with Custom Copy, Renee Paul with No-Frills and Jess Rowland with Pammett's Flowers.

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Bill Coleman - Dollhouse
April 2, 2016
Market Hall

Choreographed and performed by Bill Coleman; Installation created by Gordon Monahan.

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Coleman, Lemieux and Compagnie - Elvis & The Man In Black
March 12, 2016

Elvis is choreographed by Laurence Lemieux; The Man In Black is choreographed by James Kudelka.

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Fuelled by Public Energy
January 28, 2016
Galaxy Cinemas

Produced and directed by Anne Troake; Performed by Bill Coleman and Carol Prieur.

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Fleshy Thud and Ryan Kerr - Dazzle Ships
Fuelled by Public Energy
January 14-16, 2016
The Theatre on King

Performed by Kate Story, Sarah McNeilly, Andrew Little and Elizabeth Moody; Choreographed by Ryan Kerr.

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TTOK - Small Dance For A Small Space (3rd annual)
Fuelled by Public Energy
December 17-19, 2015
The Theatre on King

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Edge Of The Woods Theatre - Ralph + Lina
Fuelled by Public Energy
November 11-12, 2015
Market Hall

Directed by Michele Smith; Performed by Dan Wilson and Christina Serra.

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Bridget Moser - About Face
Fuelled by Public Energy
November 6, 2015

Performed by Bridget Moser; Curated by Victoria Mohr-Blakeney.

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Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts - Circus Stellar 
Fuelled by Public Energy
November 5-6, 2015
Market Hall

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Lara Kramer - Tame
October 17, 2015
Market Hall

Choreographed by Lara Kramer with performers Angie Cheng, Karina Iraola and Amélie Rajotte.

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Kate Story poster PRESS  

Kate Story - Performances May Be Permanent
September 24, 2015
Market Hall

Written and performed by Kate Story; Music by Bill Brennan; Directed by Ker Wells.

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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre - The Honouring
September 19, 2015
Del Crary Park

Choreographed by Santee Smith.

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Dusk Dances 2015
July 23-26, 2015
Rotary Park

Choreography by Santee Smith, Danny Grossman, Sylvie Bouchard, Marie-Josée Chartier and Rachel Bemrose. Hosted by Brad Brackenridge.

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Save the Dates!

Save the Dates!

Some highlights of the 2015-16 season are three world premieres:

Performances May Be Permanent, photo: Wayne Eardley           

Peterborough award-winning artist Kate Story'sPerformances May Be Permanent on September 24, a new take on a work she has done before, now with live piano accompaniment from the hugely gifted pianist Bill Brennan.

Read more at Kate Story: Performances May Be Permanent

Performances May Be Permanent (photo: Wayne Eardley)

Tame    Montreal artist Lara Kramer's newest work, Tame, on October 16.
20150107 134913   Toronto artist Bill Coleman's Dollhouse in the Spring of 2016.

And these two spectacular mainstage events:

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An outdoor production of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's epic production,The Honouring, to take place in Del Cary Park on September 19.

Read more at Kaha:wi Dance Theatre: The Honouring

The Honouring (photo: David Hou)

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Coleman Lemieux & Co's contemporary ballet double-bill featuringJames Kudelka's wonderful Johnny Cash-inspired dance The Man In Black, along side Laurence Lemieux's Looking For Elvis, taking place at Showplace Performance Centre on March 12, 2016.

The Man In Black
(photo: John Lauener)

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