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The Pivot Series


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.

Watch the documentary now: PIVOT performance in a pandemic

GET TICKETS ONLINE or reserve by phone 705-745-1788.
Walk-ups allowed too!

Performance Schedule:

Love in the Time of Covid created and performed by Kate Story & Ryan Kerr; music by Arvo Pärt, Lou Reed, Curtis Driedger
Oct 2 & 3, 7:00PM, behind The Theatre On King, 171 King St

Le Flâneur created and performed by Bill Coleman; music by Curtis Driedger
Oct 3, 2:00PM, Millennium Park, 131 King St

Essential Circus Stage Three Created and performed by: Jennifer (Opal) Elchuk, Tegan Moss, and Jeremy Pastic
Oct 8, 7PM, Peterborough Square courtyard

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Aria Evans; created with and performed by Irma Villafuerte and Kevin Jones, Nikki Shaffeeullah and Sasha Tate-Howarth, Belinda Corpuz and Malcolm Connor, Aria Evans; accompaniment by Eirene Cloma
Oct 9, 6PM, Inverlea Park, Corner of Denistoun and Parkhill

Inside The Sculpture by Irèni Stamou; performed by Dreda Blow, Irèni Stamou
Oct 13, 12:30PM & 5:30PM, Peterborough Square courtyard

Between the Dragon and the Tiger: how to maximize your energy in public by Coman Poon & Naishi Wang
Oct 15, 12:30PM & 5:30PM, University Court outside Bata Library at Trent University

POSTPONED: Armour (watch for Armour coming in 2021) by Christy Stoeten; performed by Revy Barber, Madie Brown, Sharazade Vahid; designed by Sonia Gemmiti
Oct 16, 7PM, Heritage Pavillion Stage on Armour Hill

Point of Origin concept/choreography by Returning River – Jen Hum, Naishi Wang, Emily Law, Pam Wong- Shoebottom, Henry Mak; performed by Jen Hum, Naishi Wang, Pam Wong- Shoebottom
Oct 17, 7PM, The Boathouse at the Silver Bean Cafe, 130 King St.

Meeting At Thebes by Lee Bolton; performed by Peyton Le Barr, with Mithila Ballal and Jim Angel
Oct 18, 6PM, Confederation Square, 499 George St N.

CANCELLED: The Pratfall Affect presented by These are Horizon Days Written, directed, and choreographed by Wes Ryan. Musical direction by Patrick Walsh. Featuring Matt Gilbert and Phil Lyons Oct 20, 12:30PM & 5:30PM, intersection Simcoe St. and Bethune St.

Things to know before you arrive at a Pivot show. Mainly this: The shows are short! All are between 15 and 30 minutes, so we hope you can put up with a few things, like:
  • COVID-19 procedures:
    • All audience members must supply contact information, either/or email and phone, to facilitate contact tracing. If you booked your ticket online then we already have it.
    • Face covering is mandatory for audiences, staff and volunteers.
    • Please respect physical distancing. We won’t have markings on the ground but we will have volunteers with tape measures! Just kidding but you get the idea.
    • Those identifying as groups can sit or stand together.
  • Seating: There will be limited seating. We have stools and chairs to accommodate about half a crowd of 100. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair.
  • Dress for the weather and the terrain. There are many different grounds in the series, from grass to concrete to pavement, so please wear appropriate footwear. More details on the accessibility of each site are explained on each show’s web page.
  • Washrooms: We can’t guarantee that washrooms will be available. In some places yes, but most no.
  • No food and drink will be provided.
  • No rain dates.

For more information on Public Energy’s COVID 19 Safety Guidelines CLICK HERE.

Please note that Peterborough Public Health has reviewed and approved our safety plan for the Pivot Series.

We have partnered with the Peterborough ReFrame Film Festival to create a short documentary about the Pivot Series for screening at the 2021 ReFrame festival.


Show Sponsors:

Thank You!

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

Season Sponsors & Funders

V Formation logo. Text reads: "V Formation. Thought-provoking work for charities."

Jo Pillon Royal Lepage logoHi Ho Silver Logo
Kawartha Now LogoWedesign logo
Canadian Heritage logo Peterborough logo
Ontario Arts Council logo Canadian Council For The Arts logo

Accessibility Sponsor

Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation logo