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111 Queens Park

Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

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Artist Christopher Willes leads a group of musicians, dancers, artists, and actors to present Pauline Oliveros’s 1970 orchestral work “To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation”. Over the past week together at the museum they have been rehearsing, musicians and non-musicians, to develop an interpretation of this historic piece of experimental music. This event is the first showing in their process as they continue to develop an interdisciplinary staging of the work which will premiere 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 instructs each performer to select five pitches with which to create very long tones throughout the performance. Insisting on “a continuous circulation of power” (Oliveros) 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 that new political relations might arise through musical forms.

This work is made in collaboration with Anne Bourne, Allison Cameron, Ame Henderson, Anni Spadafora, Ellen Furey, Evan Webber, Germaine Liu, and Ishan Dave. This project is produced with the support of Public Recordings and the Toronto Arts Council.

6:30 pm: Doors Open

7 pm: Performance of “To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation”

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