In Speculation, Leslie Ting, a former optometrist and now a professional violinist, presents a re-imagining of this theatrical concert, taking the audience through witnessing her mother’s loss of vision, and eventual passing. Created through projections and music from both Beethoven & John Cage, this new online experience features experimental film and a collective performance of Cage’s 4’33”.
March 17 – 20, 2021
This is a digital presentation. A pre-show instruction email will be sent closer to the show date.
Creator, performer, producer, artistic director, writer
Hye Won Cecilia Lee
Co-director, voice coach, access consultant
Amelia May Scott
User Experience Designer for 4’33”
Marie Claire LeBlanc Flanagan
Production manager, Associate Lighting Designer
Brand and Concept Design: Louis Duarte | Photography (poster): Melissa Sung | Promo Video: Hoffworks | Photo reel: Dahlia Katz
Ticket prices | Pay-What-You-Can-Afford Price Points: $50, $25, $5
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March 19 & 20th will be ASL interpreted by Deaf interpreter Thurga Kanagasekarampillai with ASL interpreters Marcia Adolphe and Scout Huston. For all other access inquiries, please contact our Box Office at 416.504.7529 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto-based violinist and interdisciplinary artist Leslie Ting has been creating immersive, music-driven performances since 2012 with her definitive work, Speculation. Combining her specialized background as a classical musician and former practicing optometrist, her performances are described as a “whole atmosphere unlike anything I’ve experienced in the classical realm”.
Nominated for the Waterloo Arts Award and Orford String Quartet Award for Speculation in 2014 at Kitchener-Waterloo’s Open Ears Festival, it has travelled to Open Senses (London, UK), Ottawa Chamberfest, The Music Gallery (Toronto), and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Leslie’s newest creation, What Brings You In, is currently in development with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Buzz Development program, the RISER Project, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Music Centre, Volcano Theatre and Chamber Factory.
Committed to inclusion and creative approaches to access, she has also worked with renowned blind theatre artist and disability arts advocate Alex Bulmer (Common Boots) and Deaf performer Thurga Kanagasekarampallai. Leslie is driven to make work with the intent and belief that live art can engage the imagination, empathy and compassion to spark advocacy and social change.
Alex Bulmer is the writer and narrator of the critically acclaimed acoustic installation LIFE UNSEEN. She is a New York Radio Award nominee, Society of Canadian Musicians award recipient, writer of the stage play SMUDGE (Time Out’s Critics Choice, UK).
Alex has written for The Royal Court, London 2012 Olympics and BBC radio and her adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame won an AMI Award. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Flash UK , co-creator of The Canadian based Republic of Inclusion and Artistic Director of Cripping The Stage, in association with The British Council Toronto. In 2014 she was named as one of the UK’s most influential disabled artists by Power Magazine.
Tristan R. Whiston is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto’s arts community for over 25 years as a director, dramaturge, writer, performer, and community artist. His work, Middle C, for the CBC, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio and the silver medal at the 2007 New York International Radio Programming and has been broadcast across the globe.
Tristan co-founded Del ARTiE Productions with whom he co-wrote and co-directed seven original musical comedies, and he was the founding director of Toronto’s renowned performance troupe The Boychoir of Lesbos.
As a community artist, Tristan was the artist-in-residence at Central Toronto Youth Services, and as artistic co-director of Red Dress Productions, has co-led over 20 large-scale community arts projects.
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This production is also supported by The Ihnatowcyz Family Foundation and W. Michael Than