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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.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer

Director + Curator



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Small Dances for a Small Space Is Back!

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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Artist in Residence

Bill James
Public Energy's Artist-In-Residence for 2012-13

Over the 2012-13 season the public will have numerous ways to experience dance the Bill James way. Bill will host pre-show chats with guest artists in the Public Energy season, offer dance classes and workshops, such as Voice & Movement, and work on a new creation to be performed at the Market Hall in April, 2013. More info here.

Bill James is a choreographer and dancer whose 30-year career has taken him across Canada and beyond. He moved to the Peterborough area from Toronto in 2002 to experience life on the farm; since then he has continued to create new work in addition to his involvement with numerous community-based activities ranging from projects for youth to commissioning original work for the troupe Old Men Dancing.

Bill James' residency is supported in part by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Voice and Movement Workshop with Bill James
For all performers - dancers, actors, singers.
Sat, March 23, 11am-2pm at the Theatre on King (159 King St, #120)
Sun, March 24, 11am-2pm at the Market Hall
Cost: $25 for both days. To register, email
This two-part workshop - participants must take both parts - will focus on the use of breath, moving while singing or speaking, and how voice and breath can open the emotional self.  It will touch upon a few extended vocal techniques and methods for blending vocal effects.
Bill has developed a voice and movement technique based on the methods devised by his teacher John Devers.  Devers was an influential American innovator in vocal technique, interested not only in how sounds are made by the vocal apparatus but how sound moves through the body, and its connection to moving the body in space.

Dance Classes

Dance Technique Class I
combines ballet and modern dance techniques with influences from yoga and Pilates to form a basic dance technique for teen and adult beginners of all ages.
Length: 1 hour
Mondays at 4pm
Trent U Athletics Centre

Dance Conditioning
focuses on strengthening and lengthening muscles in a series of exercises on the floor, at the barre and across the studio. In the class we will use imagery and mind-body conditioning to balance muscles, build relaxed flexibility, coordination and alignment.
Length: 1 hour
Thursdays at 11am
Trent U Athletics Centre

Both classes are open to dancers with lots of experience or just a little and are free with a membership to the Athletics Centre.
Drop-in daily rates $5 (non-Trent students)  $9 (adult).
Note that for the daily rate you can access all classes at the Athletics Centre for the entire day.

Photo of Bill James down on the farm, by Catalina Motto


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