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petites danses: October 29-30, 2016

petites danses 


*Some Nudity
Venue: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: $24 / $17 students, underwaged / $8 high school students
PRE-SHOW CHAT with choreographer Marie-Josée Chartier 
October 29 at 7:00pm and October 30 at 1:00pm

SNEAK PEEK October 27, 4:00-5:15pm
Show Sponsor:HolidayInn Logo
Trio photo EdHanley"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals."
Charles Baudelaire

petites danses is a collection of small dances with vast imagination.

Thirteen performers. Four musical compositions. Eight dances. Each a world of its own.

Created by celebrated choreographer and connoisseur of contemporary music, Marie-Josée Chartier’s petites danses is a study in perception. Set to the music of Linda C. Smith, Rodney Sharman, James Tenney and Nick Storring, Chartier creates unique choreographic worlds that shape and re-shape our perception of sound. Four musical works are imagined through moving bodies twice - resulting in eight distinct choreographies, inviting us to witness how movement allows us to see the beauty and complexity of each musical composition.

With an exceptional ensemble of professional dancers and local performers, Chartier imagines and re-imagines each instrumental score by creating a visual and physical landscape that appears and disappears in a brief moment. Like a short story, each dance is succinct and multi-layered.


Have you ever wondered what is going on in the mind of a choreographer creating a new dance? This is your chance to find out.

You’re invited to a Sneak Peek of petites danses with Chartier Danse

Thursday, October 27, 4:00–5:15pm, at the Market Hall.
All are welcome.

Choreographer Marie-Josée Chartier and her company will show an excerpt from her brand new work and answer your questions about the creative process. This work, petites danses, will have its world premiere at the Market Hall on October 29 at 8pm.

Bring your cell phone, take pics and share the experience with others.

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All photos by Ed Hanley
Peterborough dancers: Kate Story, Peter Earle, Chris Lemieux, Paul Clifford, Jim Angel
Toronto dancers: Mairéad Filgate, Shannon Litzenberger, Lucy Rupert, Kassi Scott, Kaitlin Standeven, Brodie Stevenson, Darryl Tracy, Juan Villegas

Myrmidon: November 30-December 4, 2016



The Theatre on King. 159 King Street.  
(Enter at rear of building off the parking lot.)
Tickets: November 30, PWYC. December 1-4, $15
December 1-4 tickets available in advance from the Market Hall box office.
Service charge applies.
*** As of 3pm on December 3, tickets for the last two performances of "Myrmidon"
are available at the door only! Get there early as both performances are
close to being sold out! ***
myrmidon IMG 4365 cropped"Mind the water…your feet."

Partnering with Peterborough performance company Fleshy Thud, and A Certain Place: The Bernie Martin Festival, Public Energy brings back Myrmidon, a theatrical-poetical gem of a performance, written by the late Bernie Martin.

Myrmidon is the story of one woman's magical, mystical, and mettlesome journey down a river, through a river, within a river. Written by multidisciplinary local artist Bernie Martin just before his death, this one-act play was originally presented at Peterborough's Union Theatre in 1995 by Writers Workshop Theatre. Based in part on the Grimm fairytale “The Magic Flounder,” Myrmidon depicts the struggle to live with integrity in a world where one is doomed to fail. “Mind the water…your feet.” A hit at Public Energy's Emergency #21 Festival in 2015, this one-act play is realized by a veteran group of Peterborough theatre artists.

More About Myrmidon:
In Myrmidon Kate Story performs the central role: a fisherman who rows a dory on an endless river. She shares her trials and tribulations with a fiddler who accompanies her along the way, performed by musical talent Curtis Driedger, and a magical fish who provides her with worldly advice. Directed by Ryan Kerr with costume design by Martha Cockshutt, this seasoned group of artists craft a powerful, eye-catching experience in the unique setting of The Theatre On King. Buy your tickets well in advance to guarantee a seat in Peterborough’s most intimate professional theatre.


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damned be this transmigration: March 3-4, 2017

damned be this transmigration

MARCH 3-4 AT 8:00PM
MARCH 3 AT 12:30PM
Venue: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: $24 / $17 students, underwaged / $8 high school students
POST-SHOW Q&A: Immediately follwing the March 3 12:30 pm show
RECEPTION: Meet the artists following March 3 8pm show
WORKSHOP: Creating Movement from Text. March 4, 12-2pm
at the Market Hall. All ages. CANCELLED
73f00e5f b6a4 43cf bd47 0b4eed694fc3“Story’s work delicately pierces logic, yet makes perfect sense emotionally.”


Public Energy is proud to present the full-length premiere of a play featuring music created by some of the city’s most talented theatre artists. Writer/actor Kate Story’s damned be this transmigration has already had a successful run in workshop form at the intimate Theatre On King. Now ready for its prime-time debut, the work will be seen with a new set - and dance numbers - created especially for the expansive Market Hall stage.

Based on beloved characters created by New Yorker Don Marquis, damned be this transmigration is a dancing, singing roller coaster ride of a play with text from Marquis’s famous newspaper column and music from the swinging twenties, alongside original compositions. We follow Marquis, played by Brad Brackenridge, banging out his column on a vintage typewriter, while his literary creations - Archy the literary cockroach, played by Ryan Kerr, and a morally-careless alley cat named Mehitabel, played by Kate Story – alternately distract him from his work and give his life purpose.

It's a hot shot of entertainment amidst Marquis's pointed social commentary - relevant to this day and age - and we get a glimpse into the raucous and often tragic life of Marquis himself. This is New York on the cusp of Dorothy Parker and James Thurber, arguably a New York at its literary zenith.


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Bboyizm: February 11, 2017


Music Creates Opportunity


Venue: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: $24 / $17 students, underwaged /
               $8 high school students (limited number available)
POST-SHOW Q&A immediately following the show


Show Sponsor:  logo10
bboyism 2"Dance to express! Not to impress."
Crazy Smooth

In Music Creates Opportunity, Crazy Smooth and his Bboyizm dance company continue to explore themes of personal expression through authentic street dance, and to push the art form at its edges. While Bboyizm's first stage piece, IZM, challenged audiences' expectations of both street dance and the stage, Music Creates Opportunity considers the intersection of rhythm, expression, and community in the making of music and dance.

Music is featured as the critical link between dancers -- dancers who may not speak the same language but who can find language together through the art form. In coming together, dancers realize personal expression, individualized interpretation, and explore their own inner music. Their environment becomes a theatre of meeting -- sometimes harmonious and gentle; sometimes antagonistic and in conflict; always transformative.

Audiences will witness music as a universal language that offers a multitude of possibilities for expression -- whether the music is an external force or created by the dancers themselves. They will also witness the innovative concept of Rhythmic Contact as Crazy Smooth and his dancers mix traditional forms of contact dance with music and rhythmic patterns, always within the context of street dance.

Music Creates Opportunity features traditional street dances including Rocking, B-boying, House Dancing and Pantsula, a street dance from Soweto, South Africa. As always, Bboyizm delivers precise and mastered technique; explosive movement; synchronicity and individualism together; and a festive and communicative spirit of movement, music, and life.


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Beats and Braids: October 13-15, 2016


Beats and Braids

OCTOBER 13-15, 2016 

Gordon Best Theatre
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
The Garnet
Tickets: $15 / Pay-What-You-Can
Show Sponsor:logo23
beatsandbraids PElogo"Leanne has wisdom that feels like a sacred heirloom, harvested from the gardens of those that came before her."
Jennifer Castle


Under the full light of Biinaakwe Giizis (Falling Leaves Moon), the O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective (OKW) invites audience(s) to gather and to celebrate music from near and far. Beats and Braids is a three day celebration, featuring performances by musicians and songwriters, bringing forth local and national artistic talent, while underscoring vital themes of reconciliation.

Beads and Braids features internationally renown activist and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Alderville F.N.) with the launch of her debut album: f(l)ight. Simpson’s collaborators include acclaimed musicians: A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, and Cris Derksen. Performances also include blues/slide guitarist Pura Fe’s solo concert as well as Anishnaabe comedian Ryan McMahon, of CBC’s Red Man Laughing.

A Divine Intervention; features a call-and-response show with Rae Spoon, Al Tuck, Charlie Glasspool and Sean Conway, with Curtis Driedger, Patrick Lefler, Gratia Leitch, Jay Swinnerton, Missy Knott and Evangelene Gentle. OKW also will host a dance party with D.J. Bear Witness (member of Canada’s hottest DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red).

Like the autumn birds that will now begin to gather and prepare for migration, O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective asks you to also gather with purpose, to watch, listen and dance. EVERYONE WELCOME.

A big chi-miigwetch to the artists OKW programmed in Beats and Braids 2006 that supported OKW’s vision: Tanya Tagaq, Kinnie Starr and Skeena Reece.

OKW gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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October 13

3:30-5:30pm artist talk
Rae Spoon
where: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte Street
In partnership with the Rainbow Youth Program at PARN
admission: Free

8pm performance
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Nick Ferrio
Please join us for Leanne Simpson’s Peterborough album release of f(l)ight,
followed by Nick Ferrio’s debut of all new music from his forthcoming album Soothsayer
where: Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street W.
tickets: $15. Available in advance at the Only Café, 216 Hunter St. W. beginning Sept 29.

October 14

6-7:30pm workshop
Reconciliation 101: For Settlers with comedian and community energizer, Ryan McMahon
where: Monocle Centre for the Arts, 140 Simcoe St. Upper
In partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Committee
admission: Free

8pm performance
A Divine Intervention. A call and response concert with musicians Rae Spoon, Al Tuck, Sean Conway with musicians Curtis Driedger, Jay Swinnerton, Missy Knott, Patrick Lefler, Gratia Leitch and Evangelene Gentle.
where: Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street W.
tickets: $15. Available in advance at the Only Café, 216 Hunter St. W.

10pm performance
Late Night Dance Party with D.J. Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red) and Joel Davenport
where: Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street W.
tickets: $15. Available in advance at the Only Café, 216 Hunter St. W. beginning Sept 29.

October 15

1pm-3:30pm workshop
Canoe Songs Workshop with Pura Fe
Please join us as Pura Fe leads a vocal and harmony workshop, teaching her family’s canoe songs.
where: First Peoples Gathering Space, Trent University. Located at the Enweying Building, the yellow (ochre 33) building on the east bank of the Otonabee River
In partnership with First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University
admission: Free

2pm artist talk
Ann Beam
where: Art Gallery of Peterborough 250 Crescent Street.
admission: Free, refreshments served
Supported by Beats and Braids

3pm performance
Al Tuck
where: Catalina’s, 131 Hunter Street W
tickets: $10 on sale at Catalina’s

6pm-7pm reading and book launch
Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler reads from his new book Wrist. With guest writers Kate Story, Ursula Pflug and Janette Platana
where: Catalina’s, 131 Hunter Street W.
admission: Free

8pm performance
Pura Fe, followed by Anishnaabe comedian Ryan McMahon
In partnership with The First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University
where: Market Hall Theatre, 140 Charlotte Street
tickets:$15. Available from the Market Hall Box Office.
online: / phone: 705-749-1146

10pm performance
Beats and Braids Open Stage
At the Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W.
admission: pay-what-you-can


Read the Artist Bios Here

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