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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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Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe

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March 8, 2013 at 8pm
Before the show: Pre-Show Chat with Bill James in the Market Hall lobby at 7pm.
Learn more about the artists and their work.
Post-Show Reception. Meet the artists in the lobby immediately following the show.

Market Hall
140 Charlotte St. Peterborough

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Emmanuel Jouthe

Élise Bergeron, Simon Desrosiers, Laurence Fournier Campeau, Eve Lalonde, Phillipe Poirier, Mélanie Therrien and Amélie Valois  
Lighting Design

Caroline Nadeau

C.H. Antonio Vivaldi
Sound design

Laurent Maslé
CINQ HUMEURS is inspired by Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons, for which Jouthe has imagined a 5th season, and with composer Laurent Maslé has reinvented and adapted Vivaldi’s classic. Featuring some of the best dancers from Canada’s best city for dance, CINQ HUMEURS has a convulsive energy with startling tension, slow burns, and unbridled exuberance, reflecting urban life in the 21st century. The work is indicative of Emmanuel’s approach to dance, which he describes thusly, “The body has no choice but to be in movement… It is important for me to seize these moments and to place them in my dances so that I can share beauty, space, drama, and time.”



Emmanuel Jouthe

Video of the Scan rehearsal for Public Energy at the Market Hall

Andie Britton-Foster, Becca Partington, Brittany Allison,Carrie Hoskins, Fraser Smith, Isabella Earl, Jade Elliott, Kate Story, Max Price, Meghan Park, Nadine Changfoot, Nansi Harris, Rebecca Booth, Ryan Kerr, Sarah McNeilly, Shani Victorin, Stephanie Cann, Suzanne Galloway, Sylvia Luyben

During a week-long visit in January Emmanuel met every day with 19 Peterborough dancers to rehearse them in a work called Scan. In this work, the challenge for the participants was to develop their individual creative impulse while remaining aware of the group. The final performance reflects the strength and beauty of a group working in unison, interwoven with explosions of ephemeral dances where one, two, or more dancers fill a momentarily empty space.

Enjoy a video clip from CINQ HUMEURS on Vimeo here:

Artist Biography
Emmanuel Jouthe made his career debut as a dancer. He interpreted pieces by renowned choreographers such as Paul-André Fortier, José Navas, Louise Bédard, Daniel Soulières, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Felix Ruckert and Julyan Hamilton. He also collaborated with a few names in the theatre scene: Pascal Contamine, Robert Gravel, Jean-Pierre Ronfard and Paola de Vasconcellos.
Very quickly, he co-founded Danse Carpe Diem, and became recognized as a choreographer/interpreter. In 1999, after four years of artistic co-direction assumed by six choreographer-interpreter members, Emmanuel Jouthe became the sole artistic director of Danse Carpe Diem.

Both national and international producers soon recognized his unique chorographical vocabulary combining energetic vivacity and dramatic intensity.  He has thereby undertaken numerous collaborations and, over the last ten years, has staged fifteen or so pieces that have contributed to his repertoire.

In his various creations, he questions temporality, intimacy, and movement. He is interested in the perception of the dancing body, in its moods, in the emotions that arise in it… simply put, in the human being.  He thus transfers into his choreography captive moments bringing together beauty, space, drama, and time. 

 Constantly in a state of ferment and in search of new challenges, he doesn’t hesitate to work on projects with other choreographers and artists, such as those proposed by the collective of 2e porte à Gauche et Danse-Cité. A means of exploring other zones of performance  (in situ) and a new relationship of proximity between dance and the spectator.

 His desire to communicate with and to engage with young people has naturally led him to create regularly for dancers in training. He has thus collaborated numerous times with well-known schools such as LADMMI, L’École de danse de Québec, and The School of Dance (Ottawa). In addition, his repertoire was taught at l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 2000, 2005 and 2008.

These days, Emmanuel Jouthe is counted among the active players of Montreal’s choreographic landscape. He is currently presenting his latest creation, CINQ HUMEURS, which secures a place in the continuity of his itinerary by integrating both professional dancers and graduating students of different schools.

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