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Season: 2021-2022

Current Performances:

Ebnflōh (Montreal): <em>In-ward</em> Photo credit : Melika Dez in the photo.

Ebnflōh (Montreal): In-ward

Market Hall Performance Centre (140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough)

February 17th & 18th

7:30 PM


Mature content advisory: This performance is recommended for ages 12+

In-Ward: The essence of hip-hop in a show about the human psyche. With a raw and precise physicality, ground breaking hip-hop choreographer Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé and six accomplished dancers plunge us into the deep waters of the conscious and unconscious. Forced to live together and form ...

Alexis O’Hara (Montreal): <em>OUFF</em> Photo credit: Lucie Rocher in the photo.

Alexis O’Hara (Montreal): OUFF

Market Hall Performance Centre (140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough)

March 24th, 2022

7:30 PM


Mature content advisory: This performance is recommended for ages 12+

About Alexis O’Hara Alexis O’Hara is a transdisciplinary artist whose work comprises elements of cabaret, pop music, spoken-word, stand-up comedy, vocals and electronics, drag, photography and installation. The eclecticism of her work attracts international programmers from various disciplines.
Chris Dodd: <em>Deafy</em> in the photo.

Chris Dodd: Deafy

Market Hall Performance Centre (140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough)

April 19th & 20th, 2022

7:30 PM

Chris Dodd’s remarkable 20-year career began as the first Deaf graduate of the University of Alberta’s Drama program. He is the founder and director of SOUND OFF, Canada’s only theatre festival devoted to the Deaf performing arts, and is an artistic associate with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.
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Erring at King George

King George Public School (220 Hunter St E, Peterborough)

May 6-8 & 13-15, 2022

All ages


Erring at King George is a multi-arts festival that will see dozens of performing and visual artists as well as community groups taking over all three floors of the now closed King George Public School. Numerous performing and visual artists will transform classrooms, hallways, offices and even the gym into exhibition spaces.

Watch this space for more details as the festival approaches. In the mean time, click here to check out the most recent Erring festival, Erring on the Mount.




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2021-2022 Artists in Residence

The Public Energy Local Artist Residency supports an artist’s creative process at any stage of development.
The program is open to all artists living in Peterborough and neighbouring counties, as well as Treaty 20
Territory of the Williams Treaties. Public Energy’s Local Artist in Residence Program provides Public Energy staff time and an artist’s fee to support creative work on new projects and career development.

Naomi Duvall

Photo: Bradley Boyle

Naomi Duvall is an actor, playwright, puppeteer and burlesque performer. She has been working on her craft since she graduated in 2012 from a 3-year professional theatre acting program at John Abbott Co...

Previous Performances:

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An Esie Mensah film

Co-Commissioned by Fall For Dance North and Harbourfront Centre

A national initiative of unity, led by Toronto’s Esie Mensah, features the stories and lived experiences of 14 pioneering Black artists. Public Energy Performing Arts is a co-commissioning partner on the film, along with numerous dance presenters across Canada. The film will be streamed exclusively by these partners on June 1.

Watch TESSEL for free at beginning at 9 am on June 1, 2021.

An Affirmation of Unity Between 14 Black dancemakers from Across Canada 

A national initiative conceptualized by Dora-nominated choreographer and creator Esie Mensah (Shades, A Revolution of Love), TESSEL explores the complexities of movement and voice as a form of resilience – and to a...

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Slow Burn

Presented by Reece Caldwell & Simon Mazziotti

Fuelled by Public Energy Performing Arts

A Variety Show

With performances by:

Evangeline Gentle

Sierra Richardson

and featuring new choreographic work by Simon Mazziotti & Reece Caldwell

Tickets: $12

Friday July 30th: 7:00pm

Saturday July 31st: 2:00 pm & 7:00pm

Location details will be released after ticket purchase

(Rain dates August 6th & 7th, same times)

Primarily ground seating with limited chair seating for those in need (Bring your own chair/blanket)

email for tickets

Photo by Sara Connelly

Learn more at

Cut And Paste Project: Macbeth Collage of a statue wearing a crown and holding a flag that reads The Cut And Paste Project in the photo.

Cut And Paste Project: Macbeth

Film Screening

A Fundraiser for TTOK supported by Public Energy Performing Arts

Thursday July 29- Friday July 30: 5:00pm & 8:00 pm

Saturday July 31: 2:00pm & 8:00pm

The Theatre on King (171 King St, Peterborough)

In-person Tickets available now through Brown Paper Tickets

Tickets to online screening available here


It’s the launch of Cut and Paste Macbeth!

Thank you for patiently awaiting the announcement of this screening. This experiment has been an incredible learning experience and immensely rewarding undertaking that has both haunted, and seen me through, the pandemic.

Over a year ago, 35 brave performers agreed to film themselves at home, in secret, with no direction and no co-stars, creating the footage that would be stitched together to create this experimental performance of Macbeth. It is finally finished, the cast can be revealed and we can share all our hard work with a real live audience! A truly absurd endeavour, this show highlights the fantastical and difficult circumstances surrounding the pandemic and celebrates the resilience of our community. For an experience that juxtaposes the oddly humorous with the grimness of Macbeth and isolation, join us for the screening, support TTOK and the many artists surviving these strange times and making strange work.

Thank you,

Eryn Lidster


DUNCAN – Wyatt Lamoureux

MALCOLM – Zach Tutt

DONALBAIN – Jessica Scott

MACBETH – Dan Smith

LADY MACBETH – Sarah McNeilly

MACDUFF – Kate Story

LADY MACDUFF – Wendy Markson

MCDUFF CHILD – Norah von Bieber...

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Circus Sundae – Sweet and Salty

By Flying Solo

Sunday August 8, 2021

***SOLD OUT***

Pay-what-you-wish pricing

Tickets available in advance only


VENUE CHANGE – ATTENTION TICKET HOLDERS We regret to announce that we have to move the Circus Sundae event at noon on Aug 8 from the Memorial Centre to the PCVS parking lot at 201 McDonnel Street. Ticketholders, watch your email for a message from Brown Paper Tickets asking you if you intend to go to the new location. If not, we can not hold your seat but you WILL get a refund. We are so sorry for the change of plans, and we hope to see you at PCVS. Thank you for your understanding.

LOCATION: Memorial Centre Parking Lot (Enter from Lock Street. For directions please search 823 Lock Street, Peterborough)

VENUE CHANGE! The 12:00pm show will now take place at the P.C.V.S. Parking Lot (201 McDonnel St, Peterborough) We are sorry for the inconvenience. To request a refund email


LOCATION: P.C.V.S. Parking Lot (201 McDonnel St, Peterborough)

Get tickets to the P.C.V.S. Show here

This performance takes place in a parking lot. Please bring your own lawn chair if possible. Limited seating will be available at the show.

FLYING SOLO is proud to present (drum roll) Circus Sundae  sweet and salty! Flying Solo’s one of a kind Big Top Circus on Wheels The City Circus Truck has become the world’s wildest ice cream truck and will be transporting delight and whimsy to Peterborough this Sunday August 8th. Come to the Memorial Centre Parking Lot at 12pm and to the PCVS Parking Lot at 3:00pm to catch two back to back hilarious and dazzling 25 minute circus extravaganzas. Follow along as Spumoni the clown (Emily Hughes) attempts to create the ultimate mouthwatering ice cream sundae. Prepare to be delighted and awe-inspired by our aerialists (Nicole Malbeuf and Laura Lawless) and contortionist (Flexy-T) as they make their way through Spumoni’s zany kitchen! You never know what circus magic will appear!!  Ice cream available by donation!

Made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council


FLYING SOLO fuses circus, dance and theatre to present performances on originally designed and fabricated apparatuses. This convergence of forms propels our artists to create wholly unique choreography to counter the never before seen apparatus, creating an environment of synergetic inspiration and innovation.  Flying Solo fosters a collaborative working culture where Intergenerational skill sharing has become a mainstay of our creative process. The trailblazers in our communities impart knowledge of their ample experience while new skills and forms are welcomed to ensure the continual growth and development of our art.

Main photo: Laura Lawless (photo by KayLens Photography)

Click here to browse the rest of the Pivot 2.0 performances

Pivot 2.0 is presented with support from the Government of Ontario’s Reconnect Festival and Event Program, Department of Canadian Herita...

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Brad Brackenridge

Artsweek SHIFT²

Vertep is sold out! Thanks to all who reserved tickets.

July 28 – August 1, 2021

August 4 – August 8, 2021

Artspace (378 Aylmer St N, Peterborough) Please Use Entrance On The Right Side Of Building, Up Stairs

Run Time: 6 Minutes

*This is an indoor event*

Free admission, donations are welcome at the door.

Click here to reserve tickets


Vertep is a puppet-based multimedia performance work. An intimate experience, it is performed privately for audiences, one member at a time.

Brad worked with many collaborators for this performance including two Opera singers, a costume designer, a carpenter and a multi-media artist. Insp...

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Introduction to Puppetry
(A Common Threads Collective Workshop)

Saturday, August 14 @ 2-5 pm Free

sold out

At The Theatre on King (171 King Street, Peterborough)

The Common Threads Collective is excited to offer their fourth workshop in their Land(ing) project, supported through the Public Energy artist in residence program and the Ontario Arts Council.

Workshop Description:

A beginner’s introduction to puppetry, with easy movement and technique. This three-hour workshop is a fun introduction to puppetry. We will look at different styles and examples of puppets, and get hands-on using of few of these different styles.


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Precarious3 Festival

Produced by Fleshy Thud

in partnership with Public Energy

Precarious3 will be Fleshy Thud’s fourth multi-arts festival since 2016. The festivals have arguably become the region’s most vital forums for artist-driven investigations of precarity. Previous Precarious Festivals revealed hunger for deepening investigation around financial and artistic precarity, decolonization, and economic justice. Fleshy Thud has engaged a wide range of artists and non-arts participants, youth, newcomers, BIPOC artists, and others making vital work that often flies under the radar.

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Heirloom / Peterborough Dancers Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss in the photo.

Heirloom / Peterborough

co-presented by Fall For Dance North and Public Energy Performing Arts

Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss

Lua Shayenne Dance Company


1:00 pm at Millennium Park (130 King St. Peterborough)

6:00 pm at Isabel Morris Park (20 Concession St. Lakefield)

Program length: approx. 60 Minutes, with a short pause between the two acts.

Ticket price: $15



ACT 1: Lua Shayenne Dance Company (Toronto)
ACT 2: Caleb Teicher & Nic Gareiss (USA)

The rhythms of generations, of passing things down. Objects, yes. But most precious are stories. Some we share through our songs and words. Others we carry in our bodies and gestures.

Come gather in the vibrant and scenic city of Peterborough for a site-specific celebration of dance, music...

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Bone Stories

Choreography: Irèni Stamou 

Dancers: Dreda Blow, Irèni Stamou 

Featuring BONUS Dance Track: Tank Man by Ryan Kerr


12:30pm & 6:00pm

LOCATION: Millennium Park (131 King St, Peterborough), beginning at the green north of the Steve Chiasson Memorial Pond

PROGRAM LENGTH: 35 minutes

  • Bring your own chair or borrow one of our stools.
  • Note that Bone Stories moves to different locations in the park.
  • We will accept walk-ups, but audience numbers are limited, so reserve in advance to be sure of a place.


Bone Stories is a series of solo dances from an intergenerational cast of women.

Irèni Stamou was an artist-in-residence with Public Energy in 2020-21. This work was created in part during the residency.


From creator Irèni Stamou:

The influence of my artistic perspective lies in the bones of my ancestors and in my bones, bones with their own lived experience as a professional dancer in Montreal; a teacher, artist in the deep, Ocean-side, jungles of Costa Rica; and as a single mother and a...

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A Hen Called Freedom

Nicole Malbeuf


12:30pm & 6:00pm

LOCATION: Millennium Park (131 King St, Peterborough) at the fountain at the park entrance on King Street.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 25 minutes

  • Bring your own chair or borrow one of our stools.
  • We will accept walk-ups, but audience numbers are limited, so reserve in advance to be sure of a place.



Nicole Malbeuf was an artist-in-residence with Public Energy in 2020-21. This work was created in part during the residency.

A Hen Called Freedom is a new artistic work presented by Nicole Malbeuf that explores the ethical nuances of animal husbandry in the agricultural system, particularly small-scale farming. Based on a true and personal story and Nicole’s experience working on small farms, the performance follows a misfit hen in her primal search for fulfillment and a farmer’s compassionate but complex relationship with this chicken. The story is performed using the rare circus discipline of hair suspension and is performed in a large textile-based installation.

Come early to explore the set and interact with a hen called Freedom!


Nicole Malbeuf is a performer, mover, maker and instructor based in Peterborough, Ontario. With a diverse background in fine art, fashion and farming, Nicole brings a unique perspective to her work. She is considerate of colour and composition and fascinated with texture and medium. Her work o...

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Hybrid Women

Vanguardia Dance Projects

Co-created and performed by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios

Guest artist:  Music composer and performer Edgardo Moreno (live performance)


12:00pm & 5:00pm

LOCATION: The Warren Garden, located outside Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space, Trent University (Park at Gzowski: 2510 Pioneer Rd, Peterborough, ON)

PROGRAM LENGTH: 25 minutes

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: Audiences are advised to dress for the weather. Bring an umbrella. In case of bad weather, we do not have an option to re-schedule Hybrid Women. We will endeavor to perform even if the weather is not perfect, but will cancel if it becomes unsafe for artists or audiences.

Washrooms will not be available on site. Please plan accordingly.




Hybrid Women is an experimental dance-theatre-ritual action that departs from the pulsating of the body in connection with and response to nature and ourselves, specifically with plants, trees, water, natural environments, also taking into consideration the diverse aspects of decadency of our planet.
There are parallel encounters and disconnections between our bodies and the current events, and the course of where the world is going and the historical moment we are living in.  We want to find those connections/disconnections between our actions, our rituals, our thoughts, our political points of view.
This work looks for the conversation between movement, theatre, performance, video, sound, text and plastic elements as a cross pollination that has been present in our work so far. The outcome will be a site-specific performance ritual.


Vanguardia Dance Projects, is a collective co-created by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios based in Toronto, focused on creating, presenting, promoting, supporting works of dance artists with Latin American and indigenous backgrounds living in Canada.  We support innovative artists that include ot...

Armour  in the photo.


World Premiere

By Christy Stoeten; performed by Madie Brown, Sharazade Vahid, Simon Mazziotti; designed by Sonia Gemmiti



LOCATION: Heritage Pavillion Stage on Armour Hill (300 Hunter St E, Peterborough)

PROGRAM LENGTH: 20 minutes

Washrooms will not be available on site. Please plan accordingly.


Tonight’s performance of Armour will go on in spite of the rain. Please dress warmly and bring an umbrella. We will post here if conditions become hazardous and we need to cancel.




Painting by Sonia Gemmiti



When I was in high school, there really wasn’t much to do on a Saturday night in Peterborough. The options included: the Mustang Drive-In, midnight trips to the new 24 hour Sobey’s or a drive up Armour Hill. There was always something exciting about driving up the winding road to get to the t...

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Pivot 2.0


Now in its second year, The Pivot Series was created to present performances to socially distanced outdoor audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was such a great hit with audiences longing for live dance and theatre, we decided to present one more series of outdoor presentations before we go back indoors this fall and winter. Pivot 2.0 features dance, circus, theatre and performance works presented in parks, parking lots, gardens and outdoor pavilions. Enjoy!

Performance Schedule:

Circus Sundae – Sweet and Salty by Flying Solo
August 8, 12:00pm & 3:00pm, P.C.V.S. Parking Lot, 201 McDonnel St, Peterborough

Heirloom in Peterborough co-presented by Fall For Dance North; created and performed by Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss and Lua Shayenne Dance Company
Sept 11, 1:00pm, Millennium Park, 131 King St, Peterborough
Sept 11, 6:00pm, Isabel Morris Park, 20 Concession St, Lakefield 

Bone Stories choreography by Irèni Stamou; Dancers: Dreda Blow, Irèni Stamou
Sept 16, 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm, Millennium Park, 131 King St, Peterborough

A Hen Called Freedom by Nicole Malbeuf
Sept 18, 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm, Millennium Park, 131 King St, Peterborough

Hybrid Women Vanguardia Dance Projects; co-created and performed by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios: music composer and performer Edgardo Moreno
Sept 22, 12:00pm & 5:00pm, The Warren Garden, Trent University, 1600 W Bank Dr, Peterborough

Armour by Christy Stoeten; performed by Madie Brown, Sharazade Vahid, Simon Mazziotti; designed by Sonia Gemmiti
Sept 24-25, 7:00pm, Heritage Pavillion Stage on Armour Hill, 300 Hunter St E, Peterborough

A Reading from Paddle Song performed by Cheri Maracle
October 8, 5:00pm, Inverlea Park, Corner of Parkhill Road and Dennistoun Avenue, Peterborough

Pivot 2.0+

Sound of Mind & Body by Bill Coleman & Gordon Monahan
October 7, 7:30pm, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough

Kitten! by Victoria Ward
October 15 & 16, 8:00pm, The Theatre on King, 171 King St, Peterborough

Presenting a performance series during a pandemic can pose some challenges. We appreciate your understanding on the following points:

COVID-19 procedures: All audience members must supply contact information to facilitate contact tracing. Passive screening signage will be posted at the entr...
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Sound of Mind & Body by Bill Coleman & Gordon Monahan

Presented by Electric Eclectics and Public Energy Performing Arts

a collaboration between Gordon Monahan and Bill Coleman

October 7th, 7:30pm

Location: The Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St, Peterborough)
Pay-what-you-can tickets available here. Tickets are limited due to gathering restrictions.
Proof of vaccination will be required to attend this performance. Audiences will be seated by household, with 6 feet of distance between households. Masks are required at all times within the Market Hall building.

This collaboration by Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan uses brainwave sensing technology to produce sound, music, and movement. An EEG interface worn by dancer-choreographer Coleman sends data to several Max/MSP software patches in real-time. As Coleman shifts through various states o...

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Cheri Maracle performs a Reading from Paddle Song


5:00 pm

LOCATION: Inverlea Park (Located at 18 Dennistoun Avenue, Peterborough)

Click here to navigate to Inverlea Park using Google Maps

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE, Walk up tickets will also be available!

This performance is a reading of an excerpt from Paddle Song. Paddle Song is a one-woman musical, which tells the life story of the late 1800’s trailblazer Mohawk poet, Pauline Johnson. A woman ahead of her time; this enigmatic, political performer toured Canada and the United States for ov...

Kitten! by Victoria Ward  in the photo.

Kitten! by Victoria Ward

Presented by Precarious3 Festival and Public Energy Performing Arts

October 15th & 16th, 8:00pm


Location: The Theatre on King (171 King St, Peterborough)
The rest of the Kitten! team is:
Direction: Kate Story
Co-Direction and Technical Director: Ryan Kerr
Videography: Eryn Lidster
Technical Design: Shannon McKenzie
Collaborator: Bradley Boyle
Collaborator: Zach Tutt

Kitten! reimagines Victoria Ward’s 1993 indie theatre hit.

eye magazine tagged it as “a smart and sexy… ‘confessional’ monologue… Doubt is rooted in the awakening of the loins… It’s a brief, but charged account of one woman’s pilgrimage to authenticity.”

A collab...

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Dark Eyes by Naomi Duvall (Work in Progress Showing)

SOLD OUT – thank you!

December 5th, 8:00pm-9:00pm

Location: The Theatre on King (171 King St, Peterborough)
Dark Eyes is a shadow puppet play detailing the love story of a woman and an extraterrestrial. The show starts with the woman as a grandmother in present day Peterborough recounting this tale from her youth, brought to life by shadow puppets and accompanied by a live musical score. This piece is inspired by the Russian folk song Dark Eyes.
Performed and Created by: Naomi Duvall Musicians: Derek Bell, Robert Hedge, Satah Cameron Assistant Puppeteers: Lindsay Unterlander, Sarah Mcneilly Design and Building Mentor: Paul Oldham Special thanks to: Public Energy, TTOK, Theatre Trent, The workshop participants, Paul Oldham, Kate Story, Ryan ...