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Alternating Currents

August 12, 2017 @ 2PM

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St.

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Alternating Currents

Alternating Currents invites audiences to view short excerpts of performance works in the early stages of development. The Alternating Currents program gives Peterborough-area artists an opportunity to workshop new works of theatre and performance with the aid of a dramaturge. Alternating Currents’ 2017 dramatruge is Kate Story, a Peterborough-based theatre artist and writer with a strong background in mentorship and performance work. Technical & Artistic Assistant is Eryn Lidster. This is the third iteration of the Alternating Currents program, it was previously held in 2008 and 2009.

Alternating Currents is supported by funding from the Ontario Arts Council.



Anne Jaeger is an established multi-disciplinary artist interested in creating a non-linear performance. “At times like these we all become angels” seeks to evoke complex feelings about time, love and loss, and displacement, using letters from a 30-year friendship and media elements.

Historical playwright Ryan Kerr wishes to develop “Unexploded Ordinance”, a personal work about the Great War. Also a dance artist, Ryan is keen to bring in the full range of artistic responses to the War, particularly Dadaist music and theatre, the war poets, and family history.

Nicole Malbeuf, a new-generation circus artist, explores water scarcity, drawing on her experience on a local organic farm. For “Capturing Water” Nicole has experimented with aerial rigging, but looks to Alternating Currents to help shape the performance and investigate character and performance text.

Ian McLachlan (writer) and Michael Morse (composer) have been collaborating on the experimental opera “Penelope.” The first draft of the libretto and the music have been workshopped; the artists are looking to A/C to gain clarity around the intersection of text, sound, and dance.

Devised theatre company Ring O’ Rosie is developing a new work which proposes to turn the act of adaptation inside-out. In the play, detective Marie investigates her own death as portrayed in Buchner’s play “Woyzek.”

2017 Alternating Currents also provides creative consultation for two works at very early stages. Writer Elisha Rubacha proposes a new play exploring intergenerational trauma, anti-Semitism, lies, and repetition. Visual artist Wendy Trusler wishes to explore the potential for a travelling archive of over 4,000 letters to be developed into a short script.

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