More Presenters + Full Program Available!

Our full program is now available here! Check out the full listing of the more than 60 individual and groups that will be presenting their work at FOOT2017. Also, learn more about some of our presenters through the links featured below.

Andrew Alfred Watts, composer and doctoral candidate at Stanford University will be giving a presentation on his work ‘Existentialism in Sound’ as part of the opening night collage concert (Feb 2nd). Listen to a recording of the work here. Watts works in a wide range of genres, from chamber and symphonic music to multimedia and electro-acoustic.

Montreal-based Nicolas Royer-Artuso of Thought Experiment Productions will be presenting a paper on John Cage’s 4’33” in Baghdad (poster featured about). Thought Experiment Productions works on politically-oriented works, taking inspiration from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.

Composer and improviser  Alex Christie will be presenting “Quiet Music for Strings” as part of the collage concert on Sunday, Feb 5th. Christie is also studying towards a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) at the University of Virginia, where he is a Jefferson Fellow. Sample some of his music on his soundcloud page or visit his website here.

And UofT Phd candidate Martin Julien will be presenting an update on his on-going choral work “Why We Are Here!”, created through Nightswimming Theatre. The latest iteration took place in Calgary, as part of One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo (Calgary). See a clip of the work, and learn more about both Why We Are Here! and Nightswimming Theatre.


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:



The countdown to FOOT 2017 begins!

Having said farewell to the year that was 2016, we are now exactly one month away from the start of FOOT 2017!

Here’s a look at the festival schedule thus far.

Our festival registration page is now open too, so let us know if you’re coming!

In the coming days we’ll be posting updates on the many artists and scholars who will be helping to sound the inner ear of performance.

Announcing our 2017 Keynote Artist — Brandon LaBelle

We are excited to announce that our festival’s Keynote Artist this year will be Brandon LaBelle.

Inspired by the history of our Luella Massey Studio Theatre, Brandon will create a new performance installation, entitled The Church from Below.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent works include “The Living School”, South London Gallery (2016), “The Stranger Seminar”, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), and “Second Culture Session”, Tel Aviv University (2015). He is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He lives in Berlin and is part of the Errant Sound collective.

The Church from Below
Brandon LaBelle

Drawing upon histories of peace movements in East Germany, the work takes the form of a performative installation housed within a former Lutheran Church, now The Luella Massey Studio Theatre. It draws out questions of resistance and emancipatory practices, staging a set of materials, recordings and documents that act as a greater scenography of the hidden and the dispossessed. In particular, the work considers how “the underground” performs to nurture the formation of a parallel polis, one that enacts an overall art of survival. From such actions, particular discourses and cultural productions are generated, from illegal publishing to a lyrical poetics of secret messages. In the case of East Germany, peace workshops and environmental protests found support through a network of socially engaged churches, which acted to camouflage dissident work. What might such histories and productions suggest in terms of contemporary crises and the desires for a new social body? How might the art of survival provide a guide for an aesthetics aimed at redistributing the sensible?

Developed in collaboration with the artistic research project Synsmaskin, Bergen Academy.

Proudly presented at FOOT 2017 in collaboration with New Adventures in Sound Art.