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About What Brings You In Today 

What Brings You In Today (WBYIT) is a six part, music-driven, inter-arts work about how we need each other to know ourselves better. Created by artistic director, Leslie Ting, inspired by her experience in talk therapy, WBYIT combines improvised-composed music, sound art, newly commissioned electro-acoustic music with live video and movement. The form of the work moves between topics around intimacy and the collective, witnessing and connecting exploring ideas of the psyche, personal boundaries and shadow/light self.

Why?

Our team of performers, creators and composer are excited about creating a new kind show. “Self-care” is a popular topic right now in the mainstream and there is a lot to be anxious about politically, environmentally, and socially in the world. The internet and social media have changed our ability to connect.

During 2019, we did research in the form of interviews. Many people expressed they were looking for more authentic connection and some people turned to a therapist to help them be in their community and feel more connected. They want to understand why they are having trouble connecting. Others have found personal relationships where they found honest reflections in themselves, or were able to be vulnerable. In both cases, fulfilling connection comes from understanding yourself. There are things that you can only understand through others but other people can't do all the work for you. The process happens inside of you.  

What Brings You In Today is asking what brings you into yourself, and what brings you into the performance space with us. As individuals we gather to become what is called an “audience” and experience together. As the creators and performers of WBYIT we have gone into ourselves to connect with you.

 What we need to make this show happen 

What's done:

1. THE RESEARCH

January to May 2019

Summary of the research for What Brings You In Today

2. WORKSHOP #1

Held at the Canadian Music Centre in downtown Toronto in May 2019, Leslie Ting (violin), Elysha Poirier (video), Germaine Liu (percussion), Linda Catlin Smith (composer, advisor), and Christopher Manousos (outside eye) explored three of the six parts that make up What Brings You In Today

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From Workshop 1 at the Canadian Music Centre - Germaine Liu, percussionist/improviser and Elysha Poirier, video artist explore Part III: Sandplay 

Research and Workshop #1 were supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

What still needs to be completed:

1. SANDBOX CONSTRUCTION

The sandbox is one of the central set pieces of the production.

Germaine Liu will perform Part III: Sandplay, a sound piece that is based on the process of sandplay therapy. 

To create this piece we will need to build a "sandbox instrument."

Elysha Poirier, our video artist, will use a live camera feed and Touchdesigner - a generative software platform that produces real-time 3D effects for video projection. An infrared camera will capture, manipulate and project in real-time the image of Germaine’s hands performing.

Sketch by Elysha Poirier, video artist, from a recent production meeting on the sandbox.
Sketch by James Kendal, who will construct the sandbox, from a recent production meeting on the sandbox. Looks like Elysha and James have the same vision for the sandbox. 👍

2. Workshop #2 

Planned for March 4-7, 2020

Leslie Ting (violin), Germaine Liu (percussion), Rose Bolton (composer) and Julia Mermelstein (composer) will work with sound design team William Fallon & Deanna Choi to create the dynamic sound experience which will act as the unifying feature of the production.  The sound will range from acoustic, electronic and surround sound, spatially moving through a sound system designed specifically for WBYIT.


3. Workshop #3

Planned for May 7-10, 2020 

This final workshop will focus on integrating the lighting and video components of the production. Patrick Lavender, our lighting designer, will animate ideas of the psyche, personal boundaries and the shadow self through lighting. The team will continue to refine sound, staging and movement. 

Leslie Ting's preliminary sketch of staging for What Brings You In Today.

The Budget

Government funding for the arts in Canada is an amazing thing but only funds a portion of our production. Grants are also not guaranteed!

As an individual contributor to the arts, you can decide exactly who your money is going to and how much you’d like to give. And, through our partnership with Chamber Factory: Works for Small Ensembles, when you donate at the $100 level or more, you’ll receive a tax receipt!

Reaching our goal of $15,000 will cover artist and production fees, workshop space rental, lighting and sound equipment rental and construction of the sandbox for workshops #2 and 3.


THE TEAM

Leslie Ting - creator, co-producer, creative director, performer  

Photo by Melissa Sung

Leslie Ting is a violinist, interdisciplinary artist and the creator of What Brings You In Today. This will be her second inter-arts creation. She began creating new performance works for the violin in 2013.  Leslie’s debut work titled, Speculation, premiered in 2014 in association with MT Space and Open Ears Festival (Kitchener, Ontario) and has gone on to perform at Open Senses Festival (London, UK), Ottawa Chamberfest and The Music Gallery (Toronto). 

Deepening the performer-audience relationship is the inspiration behind Leslie’s approach. What Brings You In Today draws on another common human experience - trying to understand the self. 

Speculation at The Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst in Toronto, Ontario, December 2018 with pianist, Ben Smith. Photo by Amelia Scott

Carol Gimbel - co-producer

Violist/producer Carol Gimbel's focus is on storytelling and community building with the goal of helping audiences connect to the world and themselves in new ways. In 2008, Gimbel founded Music in the Barns, a series lauded for “rare and thought-provoking concert performance(s)” (Wholenote Magazine). 

Germaine Liu - percussionist/improviser

Germaine Liu in action

Germaine Liu is a Toronto-based percussionist, performer and composer. Recent collaborations include creating compositions for ceramic objects of Tokita, and Water Music with Joe Sorbara and Mark Zurawinski, exploring the relationship between water, humans and objects. 

“Over the course of their set, the Germaine Liu Ensemble repeatedly challenged any academy-set definitions of just what constitutes an instrument or a musical practice” (Exclaim Magazine)

Elysha Poirier - live video artist   

Elysha Poirier is a multidisciplinary artist working in animation, film and video for live performance. Using digital and analog methods, she creates playful conversations between live generative and tangible sources. Based in Montreal, Elysha is currently experimenting with 3D generative design platforms, and is interested in visualizing aspects of sound, gesture and language. She's realized a wide range of installations and engaged in live performances for dance, experimental music, film and theatre.

Linda Catlin Smith - advisor and composer

Photo by Claire Harvey

Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. Her music “is characterized by great attention to the sensuous qualities of sound” (Wholenote Magazine). In 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. Her new orchestral work, Nuages, was commissioned by the BBC Proms for the BBC Scottish Orchestra, receiving its premiere on September 1, 2019.

In addition to her work as an independent composer, she was Artistic Director of the Toronto ensemble Arraymusic from 1988 to 1993, and was a member of the ground-breaking multidisciplinary performance collective, URGE, from 1992-2006.

“It was if she is looking through the lens of the painter while listening her way into a new and enthralling sound world”  - Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings By Joel Kroeker


Rose Bolton - commissioned composer

Rose Bolton is one of Canada’s most innovative and multi-faceted composers. She creates electronic and instrumental music for multimedia projects and concert settings. Major works include Song of Extinction, a 45 minute work for Luminato Festival’s 10th Anniversary Season in the 400,000 sq. ft. Hearn Generating Station, created in collaboration with filmmaker Marc de Guerre and Griffin Award winning poet Don McKay.

She has been creating full-length film scores for broadcasters such as CBC, TVO, Arte and Super Channel for over a decade. 

ROSE on WBYIT:

“My contribution [Part IV: Person & Self] for violin and speaker will be a 10-12 minute work, the fourth composition in the cycle, where the protagonist (Leslie) plays towards the speaker as a visual representation of confronting her/one’s own inner self. The violin will represent the outer self, and the electronics will evoke one’s thoughts and mind in a kind of mirroring. The interplay between violin and electronics will work with the idea that although our thoughts come from us, we cannot totally control them. Fear, denial, perhaps even delusion are possible mindsets that we must overcome to give us strength to face the many challenges of the outside world.”

Julia Mermelstein - commissioned composer

Julia Mermelstein is a Toronto-based composer, originally from Halifax. She works with electronics blending acoustic and electronic sounds. Julia’s extensive background in ballet informs her work as well as her interest with Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and ritualistic tendencies.

Julia’s music has been commissioned and performed by leading ensembles across Canada including the Toronto Symphony, the Bozzini quartet and has been presented festivals internationally such as CEMIcircles Intermedia Festival in Texas and OUA Electronic Music Festival in Osaka Japan.

Julia on WBYIT:

“[In Part V, Us] The violin and electronics will closely entwine, supporting or echoing each other. My piece ties together self-exploration from previous parts to feel the importance of connection as a collective consciousness.”

Deanna Choi - co-sound designer 

Deanna H. Choi is a sound designer and composer working in theatre, dance, film, and installation art. Deanna has designed and composed for theatre companies across Canada. She has degrees in neuroscience, violin performance, and played in the Kingston Symphony for eight seasons. 

Deanna on WBYIT:

"When I first heard about this project, I got goosebumps because it was the exact merge of art and science that fascinates me. How can these disciplines complement each other or allow us to discover new things that we hadn't previously considered? These are all questions I am looking forward to exploring as part of the WBYIT creative team."


William Fallon - co-sound designer 

Originally from Vancouver Island, William Fallon is a Toronto based sound designer.  His major credits include The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Banff Centre/Against The Grain Theatre and The Stratford Festival.

Patrick Lavender - lighting designer

Patrick Lavender is a Toronto based production designer and production manager for multiple performing arts disciplines, touring in Canada and internationally.  He is the recipient of 3 Dora Awards for both independent lighting design and set design, and was a nominee for the 2017 Pauline MacGibbon Award in design.   

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. We have to reach our goal of $15,000 or we won’t get anything! But that’s how committed we are to this project and how much we believe in it. We want you to be involved, not just as an audience member at the end, but from the beginning.

If we don’t meet our goal, we would have to reduce the scale of our project by having less speakers in the surround sound, having less days of workshopping and only having one workshop presentation.

If we *really* don’t meet our overall funding goals, we'll have to delay the project and would lose 50% of our deposits on the rehearsal space. Affordable rehearsal space is hard to come by, and with this many collaborators, is also difficult to schedule.

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