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Dance Advance Workshop Series

Presented by: Peterborough Dance Works with the support of Public Energy

Generous funding provided by the Ontario Arts Council

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About Peterborough DanceWorks
Peterborough DanceWorks is a contemporary dance collective founded in 2016. PDW’s goal is to support the presentation of dance in the region and provide development opportunities for Peterborough region’s contemporary dancers.  Peterborough DanceWorks is committed to building capacity and opportunity for local dance artists and audiences. PWD serves regional performing artists and audiences through: creating professional development opportunities, supporting the presentation of dance work in the region, continually reaching out to new dance artists; and encouraging established dance artists to stretch themselves creatively. Dance Advance Workshop Series brings nationally renowned artists to Peterborough/Nogojiwanong for innovative workshops to advance artists’ performance practices.

Contemplative Dance Workshop with Denise Fujiwara

Denise Fujiwara performing.When: June 26, 2022
Where: The Market Hall (140 Charlotte St, Peterborough)
Cost: $25 or PWYC

A workshop to open up possibilities for your body and mind.  Using the Japanese dance-theatre practice of Butoh and dance improvisation principles, Fujiwara guides you through dance that transcends form, expanding awareness, agility and movement vocabulary, while cultivating the imagination.

Denise Fujiwara is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance.  Her work as a dance artist has developed over 40 years of intensive practice, performance, choreography and study.  Her mentor in Butoh is Tokyo master, Natsu Nakajima, whose work she performed internationally for 12 years.  Fujiwara practices a Butoh that cultivates curiosity, the imagination, awareness, presence and deeply embodied movement. EUNOIA, a very verbal dance work created using the integrated Voice and Butoh practice developed with Gerry Trentham, was nominated for three Dora Awards.  She leads workshops and master classes across Canada and abroad.

Inclusive Dance Workshop by Propeller Dance

Many Dancers in blue light.When: May 15, 2022
The Gym at King George Public School, 220 Hunter Street E., Peterborough
Cost: $25 or PWYC

Join Propeller Dance Co-Directors Shara Weaver and Renata Soutter and Artistic Associate Liz Winkelaar for a workshop on inclusive dance making.  Experience an inclusive creation process exploring a theme-utilizing contemporary dance improvisation and technique, sensory investigation and choreography.   We will have a sharing of our work. Please let Public Energy know of any specific needs you may have.

Propeller Dance has been an innovator in the field of contemporary integrated dance and diverse performance practices in Canada since 2007. Propeller Dance is committed to excellence — creating, teaching, performing, presenting integrated dance and more recently, inter-arts performance. At the core of our work is the belief that dance is for all people, and as wide a breadth of expression as possible is of value. We are recognized as a leader in Canada for our innovative, inclusive creations and teaching practices.

Improvisation Dance Workshop with Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance


When: Saturday, February 22nd, 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: Sadleir House, Dining Hall (751 George St. N.)
Cost: $25 or PWYC

Moving separately and together, award-winning dance artist Karen Kaeja will invite you into the world of task-based scores while welcoming our intuitive bodies to devise and encounter great dances together. Warm up begins with finding a personal calm, awakening head to tail and finding ease in and out of the floor. Connecting with others in the room through a focus of being in or out of contact with body, mind, eyes and heart, will give way to our impulses where we will be both doers and witnesses. With years of research on the qualities of touch and connection, Karen brings attention to support, axis, momentum, intuition and insistence. Her investigations also source personal memory to devise movement while also asking the question – how are we present when we are somatically or performatively engaged? The effort to connect to all that is in-between the people in the room will excite the potential of instant dance making. Open to all who wish to dance.

Karen Kaeja is an award-winning performer, choreographer, community builder and project instigator. “The mastermind behind Porch View Dances” Toronto Star, she develops performance platforms provoking collaborative relationships between dancers, everyday people and the body. Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance, her awards include the 2019 Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award, the CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation (Banff). Her performances, choreography and creations have received 7 Dora Mavor Moore nominations, including 4 Dora’s for Crave (winning one). Karen is distinguished in The Canadian Who’s Who, was a finalist for the TAF Muriel Sherrin Award for International achievement, the CDA Innovation Award, NOW’s Best Local Choreographer and twice nominated for NOW’s Best Dance Company. Commissioned and presented by performance series around the world from Newfoundland to Israel to Japan, she was the first resident dance artist for MUN/Dance NL, the Guelph Dance Festival and has done 7 creative residencies at the Banff Centre of the Arts. Karen has created 16 original Porch View Dances works, is a mentor and dramaturge for many instrumental dance artists, is Co-Artistic Director with Claudia Moore of Cloud 9 and Artistic Advisor for Jaberi Dance Theatre. She is currently working on several commissions and performances to premiere in 2020 and 2021 for Dusk Dances Chimera Project, Blue Ceiling and Guetcha Guaritcha. Karen is the movement dramaturge for the Stratford Festival’s 2020 premiere of Wendy and Peter Pan.
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Master Class with Santee Smith (Kaha:wi DanceTheatre)

Sponsored by the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

When: Friday, November 1, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Where: Nozhem First People’s Performance Space, Enwayaang Building, Trent University
Cost: Pay-what-you-can except free for students taking courses in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies.

Santee Smith’s Master Class will focus on our connection to the earth and natural patterning such as spirals and circles. Taking inspiration from her Onkwehon:we (The People), Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation fundamental movement forms, Smith’s workshop physicality explores a supple and responsive spine, footwork, and across the floor full-bodied movement sequences. Santee’s company, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, is performing her latest dance work, The Mush Hole, on November 2 at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, presented by Public Energy.

Adaptive Circus Arts – An Intro Workshop for the Disability Community

Erin Ball performs outside on red aerial silks. Co-hosted by Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts
Thurs Sept 12, 2019
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
FREE (Limited space email to sign up)

Capacity: 6 people (Space Limited)
Age: Adults & 13+
Facilitator: Erin Ball
Partner & Group Acrobatics plus Aerial Hoop & Silks

Open to anyone who identifies as a person with a disability, especially if you thought circus arts was not for you.

Erin Ball is a circus artist and coach based in Kingston, Ontario and she is the owner of Kingston Circus Arts. She is mainly an aerialist but also does some hand balancing. She took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in the loss of her lower legs. She has returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing. She loves adapting and creating new/different ways of executing skills.

Erin loves to move and to connect with others through movement and play. She has worked with many diverse groups of people. She developed a workshop and manual in 2017, called Flying Footless, a course for aerial coaches working with amputees. She recently hosted the first amputee circus camp week at Kingston Circus Arts.

Erin currently has many artistic projects on the go, including her company LEGacy Circus with Vanessa Furlong, various aerial and ground works, and creative audio description projects (to make circus more accessible for the blind and partially-sighted community). Erin regularly collaborates with artists from across Canada and the US, including Femmes du Feu, Heidi Latsky Dance, Alex Bulmer, Michele Frances (choreography and aerial coaching), and many more.
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