Public Energy of Peterborough presents outdoor performances of two contemporary dance works in September


As part of Public Energy Performing Arts’ Pivot 2.0 outdoor performance series this fall, the team of dancers / choreographers of Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios will perform “Hybrid Women” accompanied by musician Edgardo Moreno at the Warren Garden of the Trent University on September 22. 2021. (Photo: Marcela Lucía Rojas)

Public Energy Performing Arts in Peterborough continues its Pivot 2.0 series of outdoor performances this fall with two contemporary dance works in September: Hybrid women and Armor.

On Wednesday September 22 at Warren Garden at Trent University, Vanguardia Dance Projects will perform Hybrid women, an experimental dance ritual by artists of Mexican and South American descent.

Previously performed in Peterborough at the 2021 Nogojiwanong Fringe Festival, on 25 minutes Hybrid women uses dance and music “as a ritual to make a connection between the throbbing body and the rhythms of nature,” according to a press release from Public Energy.

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Co-created and performed by the team of dancers / choreographers of Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios, Hybrid women will also feature composer and performer Edgardo Moreno.

Araiza is a Mexican performer and choreographer. and instructor of indigenous origin from the Yoeme Nation in Sonora. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Barrios is a multi-award winning artist who has collaborated with theater, music and dance companies as well as in multidisciplinary projects in Canada, the United States and Colombia. Moreno is a Hamilton-based composer who has worked extensively with contemporary dance choreographers creating sound designs and musical scores.

There will be two performances of Hybrid womenat 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Warren Garden is located outside the First Peoples of Nozhem Representation Space at Trent University, with parking available at Gzowski College at 2510 Pioneer Road.

Has already performed in Peterborough at the Nogojiwanong Fringe Festival 2021, "Hybrid women" is an experimental dance ritual created and performed by the team of dancers / choreographers of Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios, artists of Mexican and South American origin.  (Photo: Marcela Lucía Rojas)
Previously presented in Peterborough at the Nogojiwanong Fringe Festival 2021, “Hybrid Women” is an experimental dance ritual created and performed by the team of dancers / choreographers Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios, artists of Mexican and South American origin. (Photo: Marcela Lucía Rojas)

At 7 p.m. on Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25, at Armor Hill’s Heritage Pavillion Stage (300 Hunter Street East), Peterborough-born Christy Stoeten will present the world premiere of Armor, a dance-theater piece about growing up in the city.

“When I was in high school, there really wasn’t much to do on a Saturday night in Peterborough,” Stoeten recalls. “Options included the Mustang Drive-In, midnight trips to the new Sobey’s 24 hours a day, or a drive to Armor Hill. There was always something exciting about taking the winding road to the top of Armor Hill, like we didn’t know what to expect when we got to the top.

Now based in Toronto, Stoeten has had a busy career as a dancer and choreographer with many artists and dance companies in Toronto.

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“This piece captures the essence of what it’s like to be young in Peterborough,” Stoeten says of the 20-minute performance. “Or at least how we sometimes feel about ourselves. With stories from my teenage experience and those of my collaborators, we have created a work that looks like a series of snapshots from another time.

Designed by Sonia Gemmiti, Armor will be performed by Madie Brown, Sharazade Vahid and Simon Mazziotti.

“The play does not take place at a specific time, but transports the audience to a nostalgic, bizarre and sometimes sentimental time and place. Think The Twilight Zone meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

In line with Public Energy’s efforts to maintain open access to the performing arts, tickets for both Hybrid women and Armor pay what you can.

Tickets are available online at publicenergy.ca. Due to the meeting restrictions related to the pandemic, tickets are limited.

For more information on Public Energy’s Pivot 2.0 series of site-specific performance for physically remote outdoor audiences, visit publicenergy.ca/performance/pivot-2-0/.

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