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Toronto, L.A., Edinburgh, Peterborough! Find out why the award winning Mouthpiece is the talk of the theatre world!

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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Jon Lockyer

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February 15 - 17th at 8pm
The Theatre On King, 159 King St.

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 #20

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Festival of New Dance & Performance by Peterborough-Area Artists
Celebrating 20 years! Join us at the Market Hall, Theatre on King and outdoor locations
throughout downtown Peterborough.

The Emergency Festival (named for its commitment to emerging work by up-and-coming and veteran artists alike) showcases the most inventive, engaging - and at times outrageous - new performances created by Peterborough area artists working in all performance fields.

Expect some special treats to celebrate our 20th edition, including: two Alley Waltzes, which put performances in downtown streets and alleys, and one full-length work - The Nervous System’s
Terror and Erebus, which will take place next to and within the Otonabee River.

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May 8-12, 2013
for complete schedule, see below

Programs A & B. At Market Hall: $15 one program; $25 for two
Programs C & D. Alley Waltz Day and Eve:
$10 each show or pay-what-you-can. $10 advance ticket
bearer will receive a gold star and be ushered to the best spots - ahead of the crowd!
Program E. Terror & Erebus:
$10. Available only on site at the show.
Program F. TŪĀHU Workshop Presentation: Free admission

Program A at Market Hall
Wed May 8 @ 7pm* & Thurs May 9 @ 9pm
Market Hall, 336 George St. N.
Keith Macfarlane
Keith Macfarlane
Digital Trickster
Penelope ThomasCertain Days

Program B at Market Hall
Wed May 8 @ 9pm** & Thurs May 9 @ 7pm*
Market Hall, 336 George St. N.
Barb Dametto Mirror in the Mirror (Spiegel im Spiegel)
Old Men Dancing Under Canvas
Katie Felix Bit by Bit
Andrea Lithgow Tracing Us
Alexandra Papaconstantinou
Human Flux

*Performing ONLY on Wed & Thurs @ 7pm:
The Zippa Dee Doo Dah Community Soal Chorus under the direction of Curtis Driedger

**Opening Night Bonus Feature. Free admission. Wednesday @ 10:30pm:
Tim Holland with Aunt Lil - The World’s Oldest Knife Thrower
Ventriloquist Tim Holland will be filming his newest comedic show, along with the audience who
shows up to enjoy it. Please stick around after Wednesday night’s performance to be a part of this special event.

Program C: Alley Waltz Eve
Fri May 10 & Sat May11 @ 8:30pm
Meet at Jackson Creek behind The Bridge, Bethune St. between Brock & Murray Sts.
Be prepared to walk around downtown Peterborough from one performance site to another for about 90 minutes.
Jessica Rowland
What They Left Behind - an interactive installation performance
Christy Stoeten It's A Cover
Wes Ryan Topia
Thomas Vaccaro Paris is Burning
Michael Ketemer & Jay Edmunds Ripe for the Picking (Requiem for Bernard De Pace)
Hilary Wear Tootah
Victoria Wood & Deejay Dassylva Fire Fusion

Program D: Alley WaltzDay
Sat May 11 & Sun May 12 @ 2pm

Meet at The Theatre On King, 159 King Street.
Enter off the parking lot at the rear of the building.
Following the first work inside the theatre, be prepared to walk around downtown Peterborough from
one performance site to another for about 60 minutes.

Kate Story Insomnia
PyroFlies Masquerade
Deb Reynolds Clown's Eye View
Deborah Harrison The Beauty of Woman
Conrad James Ridiculously Good Looking

Program E
The Nervous System Terror and Erebus
Created by Brad Brackenridge

Performers Brad Brackenridge, Kate Story, Nina Segalowitz, Derek Bell
Director Ian Carpenter
Assistant Director Em Glasspool

Fri-Sun May 10-12 Gather @ 8pm.  Show @ 8:30pm.  Length:  45min.

On the Island Stage in Rotary Park.
Gather on the east side of The London Street Foot Bridge.  Come prepared to enjoy a short travel through the woods and get cozy by the water's edge.  Blankets and light folding chairs might be nice.

Program F: TŪĀHU Workshop Presentation
Sat Mai 11 @ 7pm.
Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St.

Facilitated by Charles Koroneho, with the 19 participants from the TŪĀHU Performance Workshop



Christy Stoeten It's A Cover
Program C: Alley Waltz Eve
Fri May 10 & Sat May11 @ 8:30pm

photo by Kathryn Munro

Lester/Tegan/Opal Chrysalis
Program A at Market Hall
Wed May 8 @ 7pm* & Thurs May 9 @ 9pm
photo by Lester Alfonso

Victoria Wood/Thomas Vaccaro Fire Fusion/Paris is Burning
Program C: Alley Waltz Eve
Fri May 10 & Sat May11 @ 8:30pm
photo by Esther Vincent

Kate Story Insomnia
Program D: Alley WaltzDay
Sat May 11 & Sun May 12 @ 2pm

photo by Esther Vincent

The Nervous System Terror and Erebus
Program E: Rotary Park Island

Fri-Sun May 10-12 @ 8:30pm

photo by Brad Brackenridge

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