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Gardiner Museum

111 Queens Park

Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

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Artist Christopher Willes has invited a group of musicians, dancers, artists, and actors to develop a new performance of “To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation”, an orchestral work which first premiered in 1970 by the celebrated American composer Pauline Oliveros. Organizing as an experimental orchestra that consists of musicians and non-musicians alike, the group includes notable artists such as Anne Bourne, Allison Cameron, Ame Henderson, Anni Spadafora, Brendan Jensen, Claire Harvie, Ellen Furey, Evan Webber, Germaine Liu, Ishan Davé, Paul Chambers, and Thomas Gill.​ ​

Throughout a week at the Museum, the group will ​publicly ​rehearse and research Oliveros’s music together, as they develop a new interpretation of this historic piece of experimental music. This event will be the first showing in their process as they continue to toward a show at the Music Gallery in 2019.

Scored for any instrumentation, Oliveros wrote “To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation” after reading the radical feminist text “Scum Manifesto” by Valerie Solanas (who is also known for shooting Andy Warhol). The score is composed of three parts, each one communicated through a different colour of light, and instructions ask that each performer select five pitches with which to create very long tones throughout the performance. Insisting on “a continuous circulation of power” between listening and sounding, between the group sound and individual tones, the work considers sound’s capacity to mark the spaces between us, and suggests the possibility that new relations might yet arise through musical situations.

6:30 pm: Doors Open
7 pm: Performance

This project is supported by Public Recordings, FAM (Feminist Art Museum), The Music Gallery, and the Toronto Arts Council. Special thanks to IONE for her consultations.

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