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The Cure for Sexual Jealousy (and other true tales of loves lost and found)

Created by Martha Cockshutt, Susan Newman, Susan Spicer, and Kate Story.

February 2, 3, & 4 @ 8PM

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 336 George St. N

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The Cure for Sexual Jealousy (and other true tales of loves lost and found) is a boffo multi-disciplinary performance piece developed by four Peterborough artists: designer Martha Cockshutt, musician Susan Newman, writer/director Susan Spicer, and writer/choreographer Kate Story. They banded together in the year 2000 (along with dancer/choreographer Penelope Thomas), determined to explore the emotions of betrayal and loss, and the lies we tell in love.

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Throughout their process the Cure Collective has presented the work in progress: first in May 2001 at the Gordon Best Theatre (see an animation of this work in a new window! ), then in January 2004 at the Market Hall, and most recently in the spring of 2005 at Bierkart Studios. At each stage of development the collective solicited feed-back from the audience, and in between has continued to develop the work (with the indispensable support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Laidlaw Foundation, Peterborough New Dance/Public Energy – and the private donations of generous individuals from our community).This February the collective of fearless Peterborough artists strikes again with a full performance of the work. They’ve emerged from the lab of lost loves with their latest results, a suite of five multidisciplinary movements:

  • The Cure for Sexual Jealousy: The answer is “time,” but who wants to hear that? This dance-and-music work is inscribed with the emotions of betrayal: sorrow, rage and acceptance.
  • Turtle Dresses: Home movies, movement, music and words tell this tale of a marriage of jangling silences.
  • May Day: A woman receives flowers on a sunny May morning. She has no idea who sent them. It’s time to call in the private investigator in this film-noir-inspired take on suspicion and true love.
  • The Emma Goldman Project: drawn from the infamous anarchist’s own writings about her affair with Ben Reitman: autobiography, articles, public speeches, letters, and interview transcripts.
  • Salty Fandango: The Cure Collective’s take on “The Owl and the Pussycat.”

Performing in The Cure are collective members Newman, Spicer and Story. They are joined by special guests Curtis Driedger, Rob Fortin, Ryan Kerr, and Anne Ryan.


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