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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 often presents stories or concepts to demonstrate dualities found in the human experience and nature. When she is not developing her artistic work, Nicole works at growing her entertainment business, Trellis Arts & Entertainment. Trellis aims to inspire interest and engagement in the performing arts indiscriminately across demographics of Ontario, Canada.

Outside of her creative practice, she passionately instructs adult and teen circus classes at the Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts, and always thrilled to work with A2D2 Aerial Cirque Dance Co (Mississauga) as a company member aerialist. And when there’s time at the end of the day, she loves to putter in the garden, take dance lessons and hang out with her cat, chickens, family, friends and loving partner.



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Pivot 2.0 is presented with support from the Government of Ontario’s Reconnect Festival and Event Program, Department of Canadian Heritage’s Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund, and the Peterborough Downtown BIA 

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