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   SPECULATION

     a theatrical concert by Leslie Ting

 

While her mother slowly loses her vision, optometrist Leslie Ting makes a career change to pursue her dream of becoming a professional musician. After her mother dies suddenly, Leslie, now a violinist, listens to the silence t0 discover what she never saw before. 

 

Creator-performer Leslie Ting tells a personal story about vision using musical works inspired by loss and absence. 


...very moving and very intelligent....I would say it’s the most worthwhile artistic performance (or artistic anything) I’ve attended in the past five years.
— Karen Vogel, writer

View trailer of first iteration of Speculation, 2014

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It was mesmerizing for me...the story of mothers and daughters, told in such a beautiful way.
— Sasha Gruetzmacher-Elnwechter, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

 

current ARTISTS

 
 

LESLIE TING - Creator, co-director,producer, performer

Leslie Ting is a violinist and an emerging multi-arts creator. Her live performances, which have been described as creating ”fire without smoke” (Strad Magazine), strive for honesty and authenticity. A diverse performer, she holds a principal position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and has created an immersive multi-disciplinary work, Speculation, lauded as “the most unique theatre experience I have ever encountered”(EyeGo). Formerly a practicing optometrist, Leslie brings to the stage her vast depth of knowledge of sight and our relationship to it. She has appeared with the National Ballet of Canada, Music in the Barns, Pocket Concerts, Bicycle Opera Project, and as soloist on pop artist Sarah Slean’s upcoming album. To further explore her art practice, Leslie recently attended the Art of Stillness Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the centre’s first major multi-disciplinary residency.


 alex bulmer - co-director, voice coach

Alex 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 two award winning short films, and writer of the stage play SMUDGE, which earned two Best New Play nominations in Canada, and was Time Out’s Critics Choice during its UK premiere. Alex has written for The Royal Court, London 2012 Olympics, Graeae , BBC radio; winning an AMI award for her adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Channel 4 series Cast Offs (nominated for BAFTA and Royal Television SocietyAward), Theatre Centre and Face Front. 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. Her teaching interests are in the area of voice, writing and inclusive creative education. Credits include Central School of Speech and DramaUK, Rose Bruford College, Clean Break, London Metropolitain University, Lyric Belfast, The National Theatre School of Canada, the APAE Institute Brazil, SESC Madureira Rio,Extant Theatre, Deafinitely Theatre, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Alex was awarded the visa status of Highly Skilled Migrant when she moved to the United Kingdom from her home country of Canada in 2003. She is now a citizen of both countries. In 2014 she was named as one of the UK’s most influential disabled artists by Power Magazine. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Bishops University, an Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama, and a Master of Arts with Distinction Screenwriting from the University of the Arts London.


TRISTAN R. WHISTON - CO-DIRECTOR

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 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 and the silver medal at the 2007 New York International Radio Programming. In 2010, Middle C was selected as CBC’s entry for the Global Perspectives Series; as a result, audiences of the British Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Netherlands, Australian Broadcast Corporation, Radio-Television Hong Kong, Radio New Zealand and South Africa FM heard Middle C. Tristan collaborated with Moynan King on an integrated art and sound performance piece called trace, which was co-presented by RDP and FADO in association with New Adventures in Sound Art in August, 2012 and toured Canada in 2015. As a community artist, Tristan was the artist in residence at Central Toronto Youth Services, directing Gender Play (2004-2010) working with LGBTQ youth to explore issues and experiences of gender, and, most recently, Transcend, a group exploring gender through art and activism (2012-2017). 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 from 1996 to 2006, with whom he produced and performed in an original musical adaptation of Lord of the Flies called Squeal. Tristan has a BFA from York University (1991 - specialty in theatre directing). In 2016, Tristan travelled to England where he was dramaturge and performer on Hush, a new musical written by Alex Bulmer that was presented at the London International Festival of Theatre and at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Tristan recently completed work as director/dramaturge for Drift Seeds, a site specific performance emerging from a Promise in the Park, a Red Dress Productions 4-year  multidisciplinary residency in Toronto. As artistic co-director of Red Dress Productions, Tristan  has co-led over 20 large-scale community arts projects.


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ANGELINE ST. AMOUR - PRODUCTION AND STAGE MANAGER, LIGHTING DESIGNER

Angeline is a freelance Lighting Designer, Technical Director, Video Manager and Stage Manager, working across Canada. Select credits include: Video Manager for Seeds (Crow’s Theatre & Porte Parole), Video Assistant and ASM for The Watershed (Crow’s Theatre & Porte Parole), Assistant Production Manager for Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Lighting Design for The Concordia Contemporary Dance Department and Love, Loss and What I Wore (Centaur Theatre), Assistant Lighting Designer for Guys and Dolls and Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival) Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Production Program.


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AMELIA MAY SCOTT - VIDEO DESIGNER

Amelia Scott is a projection designer, VJ and new media artist. Based out of Montreal, QC, she uses scenic design and interactive performance tools to create interactive installations and public transformed spaces.


 
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We are so excited for our upcoming Canadian dates this Summer, 2018.  

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  We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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