Precarious3 Festival

Precarious3 Festival!

In case you missed it, Ontario has re-entered lockdown. For TTOK, this means putting off the opening of Precarious3. Slated to begin this month, we have postponed until provincial regulations permit us to deliver this important festival.
Precarious3 will be Fleshy Thud’s fourth multi-arts festival since 2016. The festivals have arguably become the region’s most vital forums for artist-driven investigations of precarity. Previous Precarious Festivals revealed hunger for deepening investigation around financial and artistic precarity, decolonization, and economic justice. We have engaged a wide range of artists and non-arts participants, youth, newcomers, BIPOC artists, and others making vital work that often flies under the radar.
As a response to pandemic realities and pressures, Precarious3 is centred around nine Precarity Residencies at The Theatre on King. Each artist gets a week at TTOK to develop their work in whatever way they propose. The Residents are incredibly dynamic artists. Their residency activities will be shared online and/or in person (if possible, following Covid safety protocols). All activity will be archived on the festival website.


Click here to read short interviews with Precarious3 Artists Mithila Ballal, garbageface, and Jon Hedderwick

Keep an eye out for Precarious3 artist activities, coming your way soon!

Sunday Night Arts Precarious Convo with Jill Staveley, Ryan and Kate.
Thanks to Trent Radio.

The Precarious3 Residents are:

Photo: Film still from Cara Mumford (Métis Chippewa) Sing Them Home

Jenn Cole develops theatre-dance piece “Swim” about living waterways, working with artistic collaborators, elders, and outside eyes. “Swim” asks the questions: what happens when the locks come down, the salmon nation returns to Michi Sagiig territory and the museums smash apart, unarchiving all of our “stuff?” How will such an event change our relations?

Photo: Natelie Herault for Electric City Magazine

Spoken word poet turned sculptor Niambi Tree explores creating wire sculptures, working with recordings of her spoken word poems. Niambi also collaborates with Jon Hedderwick to deliver a workshop to youth through the NCC.

Photo: Stephen Scott

Visual artist Victoria Ward reimagines 1990s indie hit “Kitten with a Crucifix,” working with 2 local youth performers, livestreaming, tweeting, and blogging. Work presented in progress and online.

Photo: Jennifer Bundock

Musician garbageface (Karol Orzechowski) looks at various ways musicians are supposed to be earning money – downloads, streaming, physical sales, live performance – creating a physical/performative representation, and writing a piece to accompany the installation.

“Let it be known – no busking happened here. 
Tootah is not a busker. SORRY.” Photo: Andy Carroll

Hilary Wear collaborates with theatre artist Sarah McNeilly, to develop… could be some SealWoman and environmentally is most likely Gnabby Boomer’s, helping fill TTOK with particulars. Presented: live, sometimes with performer(s) present, in reserved receptions: or other methods.

Photo: Andy Carroll

Puppeteer Brad Brackenridge reinterprets Borges’ “The House of Asterion” as a solo performance, performed in a pop-up location. Brad and Kate also deliver workshops in puppetry and narrative to youth at PARN Rainbow youth, and TASSS.

Yellow Shirt Photography, Adrian William Kingsbury

Spoken word artist Jon Hedderwick develops a long-form performance based on his Bubby Sarah’s (Great Grandmother) coming to Canada. Themes of migration, intergenerational trauma and anti-Semitism. Presentation to small invited audiences. Jon also works with the JCC, delivering a virtual workshop in story shaping with members of the congregation.

Photo: Andy Carroll
Photo: Andy Carroll

Writers and publishers Justin Million and Elisha Rubacha livestream a marathon writing and book-making session that speaks to the often unhealthy or even self-destructive nature of creative practice when trying to balance art and other work. 

Photo: Balachandra Kaali at Bengaluru, India-2013

Mithila Ballal, dancer trained in Bharathanatyam, creates a personal piece about grief using movement, writing, found objects etc. to create a video of the process.

Precarious3 is Presented by Fleshy Thud in partnership with Public Energy

Festival partners and supporters include:

The Ontario Arts Council; Public Energy; The New Canadians Centre; The City of Peterborough, The Gitigaan Project; Thomas A Stewart Secondary School’s Integrated Arts Program; Aspire (John Howard Society), PARN’s Rainbow Youth; DBIA; The First Fridays Ad Hoc Collective; Trent Radio; Theatre Trent.

Thank you to all our generous individual donors!