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Public Energy Vault

Public Energy Vault

Introducing the Public Energy Vault
This is where we at PE are putting historic videos of events that took place in the Peterborough contemporary art and performance scene from the early 1980's onward. Every time we post a video we include a short essay about the event and the artists who took part. Subscribe to our Vimeo page to be notified whenever we post a new video.
Have you got some historical footage or photographs of Peterborough and area arts events - visual art events are welcome, too - that you would like to share with the world? Let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We can handle any out of date format.

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Bacchus 1989, Trent University April, 1989

The full story of Bacchus, Trent University’s student-run end of year music and booze fest, has yet to be written, but the 1989 edition seen here encapsulates the best and worst of this popular tradition that continues to this day under a different name - though no less provocative – Dionysus. 

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Erring (1996) In Creation 
June, 1996

Erring was a unique site-specific event in which teams of artists organized by the Union Theatre were given empty rooms in a building under renovation - to create unique site-specific installation/performances.

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Flambeaux by Peter Chin
 August, 1989

Peter Chin's Flambeaux, produced by the Peterborough Festival of the Arts on August 13, 1989 in Peterborough, Ontario. Excerpts from the full-length production, filmed by Giovanni Sampagna and Claude MacIsaac.

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Harry Oakman, Flying Artist, at Artspace 
May, 1985
 
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The Greatest Show, written and composed by R. Murray Schafer
August, 1988

Peterborough, Ontario. August 25 to September 3, 1988. Film clips taken from the Rhombus Media film Carnival of Shadows, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, which was shot on location both during and after the run of The Greatest Show.

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Reverend Ken And The Lost Followers at City Stage 
December, 1982

In December of 1982 Rev. Ken and The Lost Followers headlined the closing night party/boozefest (other acts that night included Terry and the Tights) for the short-lived Peterborough performance space City Stage.

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Get It Right by The Born Again Pagans 
1993

This week the Vault is taking a break from excerpting historic live recordings of Peterborough's performance and art scene. Instead we present a 1993 music video made by a band for which we wish we had a live recording - The Born Again Pagans.

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Event Horizon by Elyakim Taussig 
1989

Event Horizon was a performance created by Elyakim Taussig The work fit well into the goal Artspace had set for itself: a place for multidisciplinary artists to try new things, with enough square footage to allow big messy art the neccesary space.

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The Distraction by Phillip Kummel
March, 1997

The Distraction was one in a string of plays written by Philip Kummel. Kummel's plays either frustrated or delighted audiences, with dialogue full of puns and non sequiturs, and plot lines that were either non-existent or only made sense in the author's mind.

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Pent
May 1997
 
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The CeeDees Live
January, 1984

The CeeDees were equally at home playing the Cameron House in Toronto or the Red Dog Tavern in Peterborough. This video shows the group serving as a kind of house band, for the hippies, students, artists and new-wavers populating the Peterborough art scene.

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East City: The Soap
1988
1988. East City was a live, improvised soap opera, performed on a weekly basis in Peterborough, Ontario. It was first performed at Artspace, a multidisciplinary art centre located in Peterborough's Market Hall. East City: The Soap later moved to the Union Theatre in Peterborough.
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A Cristmas Carol on
stage
December, 1988

This version of the Dickens classic was staged - in typical high tech (3 slide projectors!) meets low budget (bedsheets for screens) style - by Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow (who directed) at Artspace in the Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario.

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The Magic Circus: The Secret Prince
July, 1988

The Secret Prince was a production of The Magic Circus Theatre. The Magic Circus existed in Peterborough from 1977 to the late 1980s. It proudly called itself 'experimental', and identified as the professional alternative to mainstream theatre in the area.

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Ad Infinitum / Circle of Fire
June, 1987
This was an environmental installation/performance work created by Jeannie McRight and  Peter Chin. McRight's 40-foot diameter sculpture was called Ad Infinitum. Chin's performance was Circle of Fire, a ritualistic dance that culminated in the firing of McRight's clay objects.
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