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Essential Circus Stage Three

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Created and performed by: Jennifer (Opal) Elchuk, Tegan Moss, and Jeremy Pastic


7:00 PM

LOCATION:Peterborough Square courtyard
SHOW LENGTH: 20 mins

*Please arrive 15-20 minutes early

Photo of Opal Elchuk by Mossworks Photography

The illuminated Clock Tower & Market Hall provide an iconic backdrop for a stunning fire performance. Arriving at dusk spectators have a chance to experience the extraordinary in a seemingly ordinary location. Opal, Tegan and Jeremy will dance with an exciting array of fire props. The spinning flames are accompanied by electro swing music that has an energetic excitement accessible across generations. Join us for this playful and entertaining act that invites the whole family to enjoy the magic of the circus.

Music: The Grand Bizarre by Beats Antique, Catgroove by Parov Stelar, Mighty (feat.JFTH) by Caravan Palace

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Jennifer (Opal) Elchuk

Elchuk currently manages the Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts(PACA), a non-profit  organization dedicated to teaching and creating circus arts locally. She has been part of PACA since it was  founded in 2014 instructing youth and adults, performing, and producing shows. Holding degrees in both Fine  Arts and Education, Elchuk is also a graduate of Circus Instructor training at the National Circus School. She  performs aerial arts, fire dancing and stilt walking with Trellis Arts and Entertainment and Uncommon  Entertainment.  

Jeremy Pastic

Jeremy Pastic was born in this lovely town of Peterborough, and  continues to work, play and perform here. He developed a passion for movement  from a young age – probably from watching Power Rangers – which led him into  martial arts and gymnastics. Combining these disciplines with a more recent  passion for circus arts, Jeremy has pursued performance more seriously in the last  3 years. You may have seen him display his talents and tricks on stilts and/or with  fire as a soloist recently with Trellis Arts & Entertainment at Belleville Multicultural  and Waterfront Festival (2019), Picton Firelight Lantern Festival (2019) and in their  virtual Canada Day Programming (2020), or in productions with Peterborough  Academy of Circus in Circus Screamland (2019) and Cirquelesque (2018/2019). He  last performed fire with a fire trio at Picton’s IceBox Festival and Havelock Fire &  Ice Festival (2020). He hopes to expand his professional performance portfolio,  and continue to learn from those around him. While not performing, he makes nice  things out of wood for The Little Building Company. Jeremy loves dogs.

Tegan Moss

Professional circus artist performing primarily in flow arts disciplines with additional works  in aerial arts. Over 10-years performing with hula hoops and poi that are illuminated with fire,  LED lights, or static colours. Over a decade of experience choreographing original works as a  soloist or in duet, and more recently for groups of up to five circus artists.

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An outdoor fall performance series to be presented between October 2-18 2020 in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. The Pivot Series is intended for socially distanced outdoor audiences in response to COVID-19 measures. Public Energy Performing Arts has partnered with the Peterborough ReFrame Film Festival to create a short documentary about the Pivot Series for screening at the 2021 ReFrame festival.

The Pivot Series is inviting artists to re-imagine existing work, or create new work for an outdoor site-specific public setting in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. Locations include parking lots, parks, park pavilions and many more. Performance works are 15-30 minutes in length.



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Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2023-24 Season Funders and Sponsors.

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