We’re doing something big and we need your help. November 21, 2018

Our next major group work reimagines an orchestral score from 1970 by experimental composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). It’s called To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation. Oliveros imagined a “continuous circulation of power” enacted through performance. Now, we want to revisit this work with 18 remarkable artists through a public process, and perform it, free to audiences, at Toronto City Hall.

To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation proposes a leaderless orchestra within an immersive installation of coloured light. The work considers music’s capacity to express new ways of being together– of orchestrating action and sharing power. These are subjects that could not be more urgent today, and it’s been our pleasure and our challenge to consider them anew– finding solidarity with the radical practice of a previous generation.

So: we’ve assembled a multidisciplinary orchestra of performing artists–some of Toronto’s most adventurous musicians, as well as dancers, performance-makers, visual artists and writers– to learn this piece together through a practice of listening. And we’re staging our rehearsals as open events in community spaces throughout Toronto (like Regent Park School of Music), to reorient our ears and imaginations along the way.

At the end of it all, we’ll perform the work in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall, February 17th. And it’s all being presented by The Music Gallery.

We need your help to make it happen! Bringing this project to people and places it would never ordinarily reach, means moving dozens of people and substantial equipment around the city. Help us keep it free and keep it moving.




Performance about a woman, October 4-7 2018 at RUTAS August 22, 2018

We are thrilled to be presenting Liz Peterson’s solo Performance about a womanOctober 4-7 2018 at RUTAS Festival in Toronto.

In Performance about a woman, the tension between language and self is made visible as performer Liz Peterson explores the idea of identity. An exploration that is repeatedly interrupted by the question, “What could an audience want from a performance about a woman?”

Performance about a woman proposes that autobiography is tool to collect contexts of making, colonial histories, political frameworks and more in a performance work. From a solo project it has evolved into a site for collaboration between visual artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain, performance-maker Liz Peterson, theatre artist Rose Plotek and composer Matt Smith.

Join us at Ada Slaight Hall on October 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. Tickets are available here.

TOURING: Performance about a woman at the OFFTA May 15, 2018


Performance about a woman presents a narrative that never arrives. It posits identity as the story that can never be repeated the same way twice; a narrative that is repeatedly disrupted by moments of intimate exchange and projection between performer and spectator.

OFFTA presents a reworking of Liz Peterson’s solo, first presented in 2014 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, featuring collaborators including visual artist Oliver Husain, dramaturg Rose Plotek and sound designer Matt Smith.

Come join us at the Darling Foundry on May 29th at 8.30pm and 30th at 1pm. Tickets are available now through OFFTA’s box office.