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February 23, 2018 at 8pm

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough

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I can’t make you those mitts because there is a hole in my heart and my hands hurt

Friday March 16, 2018 at 8pm

Exhibition continues to April 21, 2018


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VENUE: Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, ON

PANEL DISCUSSION: In Conversation – Jeneen Frei Njootli and Olivia Whetung

DATE: Saturday March 17, 2018




Please join Artspace on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8pm for a special performance by Jeneen Frei Njootli. Frei Njootli’s performance will mark the opening of the artist’s solo work I can’t make you those mitts because there is a hole in my heart and my hands hurt. The one-night-only performance is free, but space is limited. A reception will follow the perfromance.


These events will coincide with the launch of a new publication that focuses on the work of Frei Njootli, with writing by Erin Sutherland and Olivia Whetung. The limited run of 150 publications will be available for purchase at Artspace or through the centre’s website.

“Jeneen Frei Njootli’s sounds tell stories, a sure sense of presence. They are stories of hooves on the earth, of interspecies whispers, and of the sacred place where life begins. Stories of bodies feeding other bodies. Stories of survival.”

- Olivia Whetung

Vuntut Gwitchin artist Jeneen Frei Njootli’s artistic practice engages directly with Gwich`in territory and culture through the artist’s lived experience and land based practices. Frei Njootli defines this as bushed theory - “a radical, grassroots way of being; one that requires getting some caribou blood and fiss guts on your hands.” Frei Njootli realizes this land-based methodology in the gallery by working with sounds, dust, grease, and power tools. The traces and residues of Frei Njootli’s sonic landscapes and physical markings remain once the artist’s body leaves the gallery space, reminding us of the artist’s labour, presence, and motion. 

I can’t make you those mitts because there is a hole in my heart and my hands hurt is presented in partnership with Public Energy - Peterborough, Ontario’s animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance, and interdisciplinary work.


Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and co-creator of the ReMatriate collective, based on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. Sound, performance, fashion, workshops and barbeques are some of the ways her practice takes shape. She is the recipient of the 2017 Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Artist Prize.

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This program of short dance works has become an annual event at TTOK. Program includes work by Sarah Rudnicki, Cora Flora and Kate Story who will provide a sneak peek at a new work to be seen in its entirety in our Emergency #22 festival in March.

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Emergency #18 Festival of New Dance and Performance by Peterborough-area Artists

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Program A
Friday 7:30 pm & Sunday 3:30 pm
Jenn Cole
Shannon Culkeen
Old Men Dancing

Edge of the Woods Theatre

Program B

Friday 9:00 pm & Saturday 7:30 pm
Lester Alfonso
Ballet for Drop-Outs
Sophia Cooper
Ryan Kerr
Mandy Livings

Program C

Saturday 9:00 pm & Sunday 2:00 pm
Kate Story


April 8 to 10, 2011
Friday:        7:30 pm-Program A;  9:00 pm-Program B
Saturday:   7:30 pm-Program B;  9:00 pm-Program C

Sunday:      2:00 pm-Program C;  3:30 pm-Program A

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
140 Charlotte St., Peterborough

Tickets: $12 for any single program. Festival Pass: $30 for all 3 programs.   

Single programs and passes can be bought at the door or in advance by phone, 705-749-1146.
Single programs are available on line at mh online tix . Advance tix subject to service charge.


Kate Story...Performances May Be Permanent                 photo by Wayne Eardley


Program A
Friday 7:30 pm & Sunday 3:30 pm


Jenn Cole
Je Vous Salut Marie
In an exploration of the Virgin birth from the point of view of a conflicted young Mary, Ms. Cole returns to the Emergency stage in her dance solo based on the controversial film of the same name by Jean Luc Godard.

Shannon Culkeen

In Loving Memory (for Catherine)
Two dancers bring subtle improvisations to this duet built on the experience of grief, memory and shared histories to the original score of sound-worker Meaghan Culkeen.

Old Men Dancing
Holding On / Letting Go
Through the collaboration of their skills and stories of personal experience, this group of local men tell through dance and spoken word, the struggle between holding on and letting go..of mothers, lovers, friends, homes, cars, identities, and the paradox that letting go can allow us to hold on to what we really need.

Edge of the Woods Theatre
Combining clown and acrobatics, this performance tells a snapshot story of an old Italian couple engaged in their morning routine. A romantic and hilarious take on ways lovers grow to depend on each other for their daily sustenance.
Christina Serra & Dan Watson

Program B
Friday 9:00 pm & Saturday 7:30 pm

Lester Alfonso  
Chapter Nowhere
In his unique and engaging storytelling performance, video-artist Lester Alfonso combines film, music, and text - randomly drawn from his recipe box- to illustrate episodes from his life.

Ballet for Drop-Outs
Drawing on individual dance experiences including ballet, modern, step, and classical Indian dance, this collaboratively choreographed work reflects a shared desire to reclaim and re-imagine the dream and experience of dance.

Sophia Cooper

Cosmogonal Breath
In this solo dance performance inspired by parallels between modern physics and eastern mysticism, Ms. Cooper attempts to uncover a holistic understanding of existence.

Ryan Kerr 
An excerpt from Don’t Belong: A Minor Collection of Song and Dance.
An original collaborative performance from local singer songwriter Drea and dance company Fleshy Thud.  This new duet from Ryan Kerr with Anne Ryan tells an “almost love story” set to Drea’s haunting piano compositions, written intentionally for a visual reception.

Mandy Livings
With modern dance and a nod to step dancing, Ms. Livings has choreographed a group of young dancers to represent the emerging youth and spirit of Ireland as she grows onto the world stage.

Program C
Saturday 9:00 pm & Sunday 2:00 pm

Kate Story
Performances May Be Permanent
Last fall, Kate presented a work-in-progress drawn from the life and death of iconic pianist Glenn Gould.  It was fun, but she couldn't shake the nagging question "why?"  Working with director Ker Wells, this new installment investigates Kate's personal connection to the material.  Gould, in a sense, belongs to us all.  The artist functions as a rubric under which we examine memory.  

Performance is approximately 45 minutes.



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