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Free Artist Talks

Public Energy invites the community to get to know two international artists coming to Peterborough in February: Vincent Mantsoe from South Africa and Aharona Israel from Israel.

Monday February 2, 7pm at The Gathering Space at The First People’s House of Learning, Trent University.

Vincent Mantsoe will talk about his life growing up in the township of Soweto, South Africa, and his development as a dancer that eventually led him to settle in Paris, France. Mantsoe`s family is a combination of cultural diversity, mainly Southern Sotho, Ndebele, Xhosa and Pedi, and includes a long line of Sangomas (traditional healers). Despite this traditional background Mantsoe became an internationally renowned dance artist and continues to create new work, drawing on African, Contemporary and Asian forms of dance. Mantsoe’s talk will include an excerpt of his work and opportunity for discussion. Vincent Mantsoe is coming to the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough on Feb. 3rd as part of a cross-Canada tour. Tickets can be had from the Market Hall box office, on line at, or by phone at 705-749-1146.
Presented by Kawartha World Issues Centre as part of the 25th International Development Week celebrations.

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Vincent S. K. Mantsoe
Photo credit: Anders Mattsson

Tuesday, February 10, 7pm at the Jewish Community Centre, 775 Weller St.

Aharaona Israel is an interdisciplinary theatre artist from Israel whose works have been seen in contemporary dance and theatre festivals around the world. She is coming to Peterborough with her most well-regarded work, Marathon, on a tour of Canadian theatre festivals. Aharona’s varied background – she is trained in dance, has a degree in architecture, and has spent long periods of time working in Europe as well as Israel – informs a body of work that combines intimate research into body and movement with a strong sensibility to social and political themes. Aharona is also a Qigong practitioner and  member of Engaged Dharma In Israel, a group working toward peace in the Middle East. The talk will include an introduction to Aharona’s work and a period for discussion. Her theatre work for three performers, Marathon, is playing at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre for one show only, February 12 at 8pm. Tickets can be had from the Market Hall box office, on line at, or by phone at 705-749-1146.

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Aharona Israel
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