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Jenn Cole performing Pigeon as a part of Emergency #16 in April 2008.

Pigeon – Jenn Cole


Thursday June 11th, 2020



Closed captioning is available on Youtube and on the Public Energy website

Jenn Cole presents Pigeon, created for the Emergency #16 Festival in 2008. Music by Greg Frankland and Mike Morritt.
Carrier pigeons with broken wings have been known to walk miles home to return with word. Yet my drawers are stuffed with halted attempts at letters – of apology, of romantic intent, of condolences…Carrier Pigeons. Unsent letters. The inarticulable. This piece explores the poetics of all those things we just can’t quite say and revels in human stammering.
Thank you Clifford McCarten and Georges Bataille
*This performance video was captured in April 2008 as a part of Public Energy’s Emergency #16 Festival.*

Filmed by: Stephen Rose

Edited by: Eryn Lidster

Photo: Andrew Fox

Artist Bio:
Jenn Cole (mixed-ancestry Algonquin) is an Indigenous feminist performance scholar and performer living in Michi Saagig territory, where she is Assistant Professor in Gender and Social Justice erynStudies at Trent University and Assistant Artistic Producer at Nozhem: First People’s Performance Space. Her ancestral lands are in the Kiji Sibi Watershed. Her performance practice, research and teaching follow the performance histories of two rivers, the Kiji Sibi and the Odenabe and she strives to articulate ways to enter into more responsible relationships with creation and one another. She has performed in many Public Energy and Fleshy Thud initiatives, as well as worked as a theatre maker and performance curator with Ars Mechanica, Toronto Theatre Laboratory,the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and Circadia Indigena. Dancing is among her favourite things.

Jenn Cole performs Pigeon.



Welcome to the Public Energy Performing Arts Rewind Room!

The Public Energy Rewind Room is a weekly livestream where we showcase full and excerpted performances from Public Energy’s archives. It’s a chance to gather together and enjoy art. The Rewind Room will focus entirely on local artists, with the opportunity to donate to support these artists directly. Click here and specify “Rewind Room Artists” with “Pigeon” in your message to make your donation!

Each performance is livestreamed to YouTube and Facebook, and featured on a performance page on the Public Energy website. Following the performance you are invited to meet in a Zoom video chat social to discuss the performance. Think of it as a virtual post-show reception. BYO Snacks.

Join us!

Join us in the Zoom Room following the performance:

The Zoom Room will be live starting at 12:10pm, immediately following the performance. If you’ve never used Zoom before, don’t worry! Just click the link which will be posted above. You will be prompted to install Zoom which will take a minute or so, then you will be able to join the chat. A webcam is not required. You can join using your phone or a computer with a microphone. Many laptops have a built in microphone.

Meeting ID: 765 0738 8518

Password: Pigeon


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At the scheduled time the performance will be posted right here on this page.


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To watch on YouTube:

At the scheduled time the video will be posted on the Public Energy YouTube channel.


Watch previous Rewind Room performances here


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