by Tristan R. Whiston and Moynan King | A ReDefine Arts and Theatre Passe Muraille Co-Production
Photographer | Henry Chan
How do we reconcile all of who we have been, with who we are now, and who we are yet to become?
Enter the world of trace: an interdisciplinary performance about the voice in transition.
Beginning with archival audio recordings of Tristan R. Whiston’s singing voice across different stages of his gender transition, trace integrates sound art, music, and video in an immersive and interactive live performance.
Created by Whiston and Moynan King, trace focuses on the ongoing nature of queer being and becoming. By transforming a private story into a public performance, audiences will be taken on a journey across time and identity.
April 20 to 30, 2023
Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) Mainspace Theatre
$10 | $30 | $60
Co-creator and Performer
Tristan R. Whiston
Co-creator and Director
Tickets & Show times
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Tristan R. Whiston is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto’s arts community for over 30 years as a director, dramaturge, writer, performer, teacher and community artist. His work as an audio artist has gained him international acclaim and attention – he wrote and directed five audio documentaries for CBC; most notably, his work, Middle C, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio. Tristan collaborated with Moynan King on an integrated art and sound performance piece called trace, which was co-presented by ReDefine Arts and FADO in association with New Adventures in Sound Art in August, 2012 and toured Canada in 2015. Trace was featured in the Fall 2020 edition of Canadian Theatre Review journal. As Artistic Co-Director of ReDefine Arts, Tristan has co-led 30+ community-engaged arts projects including Drift Seeds, (a site-specific performance with a cast of 150+) and co-created numerous interdisciplinary arts projects including May I Take Your Arm and Where There is Smoke. Recently, Tristan was dramaturge on the dance-theatre production Dancing With the Universe by Vivian Chong and Kathleen Rea that premiered at the Harbourfront Centre’s CoMotion: International Festival of Disability Arts.
Moynan King is a performer, director, curator, writer, and scholar. She was the recipient of a 2020 Canadian Screen Award for her writing on CBC’s Baroness von Sketch Show on which she also made regular appearances as an actor. She is the author of six plays, and the creator of many performances including TRACE with Tristan Whiston. Moynan was the co-founder and director of the Hysteria Festival, the co-director of the Rhubarb! Festival (for four years), and has been the curator of multiple cabaret events including Cheap Queers. As an Assistant Artistic Director and Associate Artist at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for a total nine years, they developed such works as The Beauty Salon and Bathory among many others. Moynan holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University. Her critical writing on theatre and performance is widely published and they are the editor of Queer Performance: Women and Trans Artists (CTR 149), Queer/Play: An Anthology of Queer Women’s Performance and Plays, and co-editor of Sound & Performance (CTR 184) with Megan Johnson. As of September 2022, Moynan will be post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario working with Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch on a sound-based research project entitled Queer Resonance. Moynan is thrilled to be part of the Theatre Passe Muraille season!
trace – to copy something by putting translucent paper on top of it and drawing the visible outlines.
trace – to find out where somebody is, or who somebody was.
trace – a sign, such as a footprint, that remains behind to show the former presence of a person or thing no longer; a physical sign of the passage of a person.