Speculation is a multi-disciplinary concert that weaves together monologue and projections with live performances of Beethoven and John Cage to tell a mother-daughter story about loss and listening.
While her mother slowly loses her vision, optometrist Leslie Ting makes a career change to pursue her dream of becoming a professional musician. After her mother dies suddenly, Ting, now a violinist, must listen to the silence to discover what she couldn’t see before. Speculation also features pianist Ben Smith.
The second half of the concert is a new collaboration between Ting and special guest Laurie Brown (from CBC’s The Signal). This live episode of Brown’s new podcast, Pondercast, will continue exploring the themes of sight and listening with Brown’s signature broadcasting style of music and narrative alongside Brown’s vision of a personal and multidisciplinary performance.
Leslie Ting — creator, co-director, producer, performer
Alex Bulmer & Tristan R. Whiston — co-directors
Ben Smith — pianist
Patrick Lavender — lighting design
Amelia Scott — projection design
James Kendal — production manager
Thurga Kanagasekarampillai — Deaf performer (Nov 30th only)
Scout Huston — ASL interpreter (Nov 30th only)
Tara Everett — ASL interpreter (Nov 30th only)
Laurie Brown & Pondercast:
Laurie Brown — writer, performer, podcaster
Leslie Ting — performer