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More FOOT2017 Presenter Introductions

Continuing on with our artist and scholar introductions, meet a playwright, composer, and sound migratory artist.

On Saturday, February 4th, playwright Laura Quigley will be reading from her play, The Waves, which uses vocal explorations based on the work of Roy Hart, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Fides Krucker. Below are three audio extracts from the piece.

At Night

It Is Not Like That


University of Toronto DMA student Parisa Sabet will be presenting a multi-channel soundscape installation, Visiting Grampa, based on memories of her grandfather. Learn more about Parisa’s work and listen to extracts by visiting her website:

And UK based Ximena Alarcón, a sound migratory artist, will be presenting an audio essay titled Suelo Fertil: A Telematic Artistic Platform for Migrant Women, which looks at sonic space in migratory contexts. Find out more about her work here:



Blindfolded Tour, Interdisciplinary Art and More!

Toronto’s Jonathan Silver (photo above) will be taking participants who sign up on a blindfolded walking tour through downtown Toronto (dress for the cold!). Learn more about his work here: and sign up to participate on our registration page here.

Composer and multimedia artist Toni Lester will be presenting an interdisciplinary work as part of the second collage concert on Sunday, February 5th. You can check out her latest album, “Will The Time Ever Come ~ Art Songs and Chamber Music Inspired By Nature,” on CDBaby and sample some extracts.

And Majeed Midhin, PhD student at the University of Essex, will be presenting a paper on Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her Life, directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre (London). See a trailer of that production below:


Introducing Some More Presenters

Canada’s Research Chair for Sound Dramaturgy, Jean-Paul Quéinnec (Université de Québec à Chicoutimi), will be co-presenting a paper with PhD candidate (Université de Laval) Andrée-Anne Giguère and Guillaume Thibert, director of the Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale (Saguenay, Quebec) on their recent research-creation Cartographies de l’attente. Check out the work here: and here: (Websites in French, photo credit above: Gisèle Cormier).

Shannon Holmes, a doctoral researcher in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK) will be giving a paper on voice work and technique. Learn more about her practice by visiting her website here:

And Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (UofT) PhD student, Giorelle Diokno, will be giving a paper on the recent Toronto Summerworks Filipino collaboration between DATU x HATAW and High Blood. Learn more about these groups by checking out their work here:

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Introducing FOOT2017 Presenters

Less than a month away from FOOT2017! We want to start introducing you to some of the wonderful individuals and groups who will be presenting at the festival this year.

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies’ own Digital Dramaturgy Lab (UofT) will be working on an on-going project throughout the festival, making digital recordings to collect stories and silences and also play with multilingualism. Find out more about the project and group here:

Toronto artist Debashis Sinha will be performing a radio theatre performance, ‘The Light’, during the second collage concert. Find out more about Deb and his work on his website here:

And Amanda Gutierrez and Jenn Grossman will be presenting a paper on their work studying the sound of urban development in Chicago and New York City. You can see a sample video about soundwalks by Gutierrez here: