PERFORMANCE PROGRAM B at Erring on the Mount
Coloured numbers identify location on the floor plans.
14 David Bateman and Em Glasspool – Cock on a Hot Convent Roof
A new work form Peterborough's Mysterious Entity Theatre, both art installation and performance, which explores memory, Tennessee Williams, and the rooster-infused bowling lanes of two gender-addled imaginations.
David Bateman is a visual artist and performance poet who teaches creative writing and literature at a variety of Canadian universities. He has presented his work internationally over the past twenty-five years. Em Glasspool is the artistic director of Peterborough’s Mysterious Entity Theatre, and has been working in theatre as a director, performer, writer and musician for the past 20 years.
47 Kim Blackwell – Les Soeurs (The Sisters)
performed by Maude Rose Craig, Avery Francis, and Chloe Poch-Goldin
A verbatim theatrical experience exploring the lives of three Sisters of St. Joseph, as told by three little girls, ages seven and eight. The piece will incorporate movement and music to tell the stories of these women’s lives, in their own words. It is also a physical exploration of younger people inhabiting characters almost eight decades older than themselves.
Kim Blackwell is the Managing Artistic Producer at 4th Line Theatre and is in her 20th season with the company where she has directed 13 productions including five world premieres. Upcoming she will be directing Alex Poch-Goldin’s The Bad Luck Bank Robbers at 4th Line and Maja Ardal’s HER2, a Nightwood/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre co-production.
35 Brad Brackenridge – Murmuratio
with Melody Thomas
Peterborough's puppet-based theatre company, The Nervous System, presents its first ‘puppopera’. Live operatic accompaniment adds an epic element to Brackenridge's compelling mix of puppet styles, including marionettes, shadow, and Sicilian-rod puppets.
Brad Brackenridge is a local actor, designer and puppeteer. For the past 25 years he has performed in hundreds of projects for theatre, film, television, dance and beyond. In 2010 his company, The Nervous System, was founded to create and produce new theatrical works combining puppetry and live action, and strong design elements, in collaboration with artists of all disciplines. Soprano Melody Thomas received her operatic training from University of Toronto, and Wilfrid Laurier. Currently based in her hometown of Peterborough, Thomas is teaching, performing and preparing for graduate school.
41 Jenn Cole – Good Dirt
with Myrto Koumarianos and Gina J. Brintnell
Inspired by Jean Anouilh's Antigone, this piece moves dancer against dirt and dirt against dancer. A young woman relentlessly digs to bury her brother. Her commitment to a world in which one digs, knowing it is both futile and lethal and does it anyway, performs an affirmation that puzzles those around her.
Jenn Cole is a small-time dancer and choreographer, with interest in unsent letters, anonymous installation work, inarticulacy, and big messes.
15 Opal Jennifer Elchuk, with Tessa Nasca and Tom Vaccaro – Creatures of Flight
Exploring the connection between earth and spirit through a dance between ground and air. Ethereal bird creatures, nesting in the far reaches of the building, playfully traverse the unique architecture of the Mount.
Opal Jennifer Elchuk is an aerialist, dancer, and visual artist who has been producing art in Peterborough for over eight years. Her work is inspired by the natural world, the human body and her insatiable desire to climb things. Tessa Nasca loves to explore expression and storytelling through movement and play. She is a circus artist with a long-standing hoop practice and a budding interest in aerial dance. Thomas Vaccaro is head of the fire performance troupe, the PyroFlys. His commitment to using circus arts to improve the community is his passion.
2 Janel Jarvis – Cellydancing in the Gardens of the Mount
with cellist Mateusz Swoboda and dancers Carmen Gelette, Sarah Rudnicki
A trio of bellydancers accompanied by cello will do a performance in celebration of spring in the gardens.
Janel Jarvis works as an accompanist, piano teacher, vocal coach and recreation facilitator. She also very much enjoys teaching bellydance and has been at it for 16 years.
38 Ryan Kerr – Periphery
A solo dance performance investigating the interactions of men (both religious and secular) with the women of St. Joseph's.
Ryan Kerr is the artistic director of Fleshy Thud and The Theatre on King. He has been creating theatre and dance in Peterborough since 1993.
46 Sarah McNeilly – Francie and the Golden Key
with Stephanie Cann, Spencer Allen, Miranda Warren, Victoria Silvera, Andrew McNeilly, Caren McNeilly
This adaptation of a whimsical fairy-tale, narrated by an orphan character, is a sensory performance that explores the power of narrative (both literary and personal).
Sarah McNeilly is an actor, dancer and vocalist whose most recent performances include: performing in every serial at the Theatre on King (The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Young Frankenstein and Pennies from Heaven), The Orator (Showplace) and Scan with Danse Carpe Diem (Public Energy).
19 Susan Newman – A Sea Change Suite
with The Convivio Chorus
The imminent transformation of The Mount inspired Susan Newman to compose a suite of songs for the Convivio Chorus, drawn from the text of Shakespeare's The Tempest with its theme of the constancy of change. A Sea Change Suite is a work-in-progress supported by Peterborough's Mysterious Entity Theatre.
Susan Newman has been active in the Peterborough arts community for over 30 years as a musician, actor and composer. She is the founding director of the Convivio Chorus which has been a regular feature of the annual In From the Cold concert for the past 14 years.
18 New Stages Theatre – Into Temptation
written by Mary J. Breen, performed by Dianne Latchford, directed by Randy Read, Madonna by Anne Cavanagh
Dolores Grogan turns to the Blessed Virgin for help with her troubled conscience.
Randy Read is Artistic Director of New Stages, a professional theatre in Peterborough and has worked as a casting director at CBC Radio and Canadian Stage and as an actor at theatres across Canada. Dianne Latchford has been a professional stage, film and television actor for over 30 years. She is also a musician, singer/songwriter and an emerging visual artist, with a solo art show currently at Black Honey.
25 Thomas Olszewski – Feeding the Sisters
Feeding the Sisters is a simple act of sharing. In a garden behind the Mount, Thomas Olszewski will plant a vegetable garden featuring the ‘three sisters’ - corn, beans, squash. On the opening day of the festival, at 6:30pm, Thomas will invite Liz Osawamik to say a prayer for the seeds prior to planting, then offer some food to those present. In the fall he will offer to cook a meal for the Sisters at the Mount using the harvest from this garden.
Thomas Olszewski (Anishinaabe from Rama First Nation) is the owner and proprietor of a catering company called Grandfather’s Kitchen here in Peterborough. He is also an artist whose work often explores the relationship and conflict of traditional knowledge in a contemporary world.
Max Price and Hilary Wear – Seven Daily Sins
The Seven Daily Sins: Playing with very human habits, this collaborative performance displays behaviours of two sisters "caught in the act" and uses elements from tableaux vivants, dance and clown. Watch for the sisters throughout the building, on your way to or from performances during Progam B on Friday and Saturday.
Max Price is a former dancer. Although life had different plans, Max has found his way back in the spot light, creating Max's Cabaret , a series of regular cabaret shows benefiting the community. Hilary Wear is a local theatre artist who loves community work, clowning, collaborating, being cast in roles, receiving teachings, and playing with people(s). Her clown character, Tootah, is off to the Toronto Fringe Festival this summer to pick up some trash.
24 Kate Story – A place you'd go to find something, something you'd left there
with David Bird
Springboarding from the Sisters' stories about the Trunk Room, "something you'd left there" explores departure and return, how our own lives can over time keep secrets from us, and the wordless places: body and spirit.
Kate Story is a writer and performer. She creates works that contain elements of dance and theatre, often in collaboration with other artists. David Bird is an audio engineer, singer-songwriter, photographer, and poet. His work focuses on the intuitive, liminal spaces of our world.