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Key Milestones

Key dance programming milestones include:

- 1994: PND’s inaugural event is Apogee by Debra Brown, then the choreographer for Cirque de Soleil. It features a set design by Peterborough-based designer Jerrard Smith, best known for his designs for R. Murray Schafer’s Patria cycle.

- 1998: the first presentation in the city of a South Asian choreographer, Menaka Thakkar. Since then others have included Deepti Gupta, Natasha Bakht, Nova Bahattacharya, and Lata Pada.

- 2002 and 2005: PE is tour co-ordinator for two CanDance Exchange Projects: danse tout-terrain (2002) and Indigenous Dancelands (2005). In 2005 PND appointed an Indigenous Program Advisor, enabling PND to develop new collaborations with Indigenous artists and working partnerships with local First Nations communities.

- 2004: PE’s first presentation of an international artist, the Charles Linehan Company from Britain, between stops at the National Arts Centre and Toronto’s Harbourfront.

- 2006: PE’s largest project to date, The Kudelka-Taylor Project, a collaboration between Montreal’s Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie, choreographer James Kudelka, and countertenor Daniel Taylor. It sells out the 640-seat Showplace Performance Centre.

- 2007 and 2009: PE hosted creative residencies with Susanna Hood and Susie Burpee, including the premiere of a new work from Burpee: Fidelity’s Edge.

- 2007-10: PE presented two full programs of works commissioned by choreographer Bill James from nationally prominent choreographers (Marie-Josée Chartier, Darryl Hoskins, Allen Kaeja, Tedd Robinson, David Earle), set on the community group Old Men Dancing, a troupe of men aged 50 and over. The work is later presented at the Free Fall festival in Toronto.

- 2008 to present: in partnership with O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk, PE has produced the Ode’min Giizis (Strawberry Moon) Festival, a multi-disciplinary festival of Indigenous arts which has become one of the city’s major arts events. In 2011 the festival co-produced a new work with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre called The Creator’s Game. Based on the game of lacrosse, an excerpt was presented in the city’s larges arena at a local senior lacrosse game to an audience of 3,000.

- 2009-2011: PE supported a new creation by Marie-Josée Chartier, titled Stria, by hosting two week-long workshop periods in Peterborough (with Trent University’s Nozhem Theatre) in 2009 and 2010, and then, in April, 2011, hosting a residency at the Market Hall theatre to complete the work and premiere it.

- 2011: PE had its largest audience to date as it presents a lacrosse-themed dance work by Santee Smith to 3,000 fans at the city’s premiere sorts facility immediately prior to a Major Series Senior lacrosse game.

- 2012: PE hosted a creation-based residency with Coleman Lemieux & Cie with choreographer James Kudelka, and hosted the avant-premiere of Kudelka’s new work, From the House of Mirth.

- 2012-13: PE hosted its first ever season-long artist in residence, with Bill James, who undertakes a series of outreach activities targeting local students, performing artists and the general public.



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