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.