• DT Kitchener Kitchener, On Canada

A magical experience that transforms a walking group into performers, listeners and sonic architects.

This event is PWYC. Sign up at - space is limited. 


Project by Christopher Willes and Adam Kinner
Print design by Jeremy McCormick

Listening Choir is a performance that takes participants on group walks through urban spaces. Enacting a practice of group listening, these walks offer a way of encountering the affective landscapes of public settings together, reflecting on broad notions of common space and participation.

Using homemade recording devices participants subtly alter the sounds of the city and perform simple choreographies of listening together. Agreeing to drift without speaking, the group collects recordings of places, objects, language, and ideas within the present environment creating a continually fractured soundscape as each act of recording erases the previous. These recordings are choreographed, listened to, in various ways throughout each walk, evoking the sounds of the immediate past, the sonic dislocation of objects and spaces onto others and the folding of histories and places on top of one another. 

Listening Choir invites making listening itself the thing that is listened to. Trespassing on  traditions like sound-walking and the situationist dérive, the project seeks to conjugate collective and individual ways of hearing, and proposes the act of listening within the urban setting as performative.

"The Listening Choir is hearing things. Our choir is silent and our songs are movements. We hear loud things, and unheard things, what’s been drowned out or quieted, what’s been softened by history; the endless refrain of the city. Some of the loudest things are inaudible, but we live in the aftermath of their force. We’re orienting there, to the loudness and to the aftermath, to the echo and its displacements. But if hearing could be moving, then our songs are wholly unlocated - a way of listening deprived of centrality. Here we propose ten scores of dispersion, ten ways to move together in disarming loudness." 

Listening Choir was originally developed through a residency at Videofag in Kensington Market. 

Adam Kinner lives and works Montreal, Canada. Trained as a musician, he began working in dance in 2011 as a way of experimenting with the radical potentials of the performing body. His work moves across music, performance, choreography, and documentation as it composes the performing body within the matters, affects, discourses, histories and objects of the lived present. His work has been presented in Montréal at Tangente, OFFTA, Studio 303, Usine C, the McCord Museum, SBC Gallery, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery and Innovations en Concert, as well as in Toronto, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Berlin and Rotterdam. Challenging the mandate of individualism, he has sought to develop a shared, collaborative practice with other artists, including Noémie Solomon (Providence, Rhode Island), Ame Henderson and Public Recordings (Toronto), Jacob Wren and PME-ART (Montreal) and Christopher Willes (Toronto).

Christopher Willes is an artist based in Toronto and Montreal. Between music, performance, and visual art contexts his work appears across a range of forms including performances, concert works, installation, site interventions, objects, writings, and ephemera. His practice is broadly concerned with listening and its conditioning in relation to bodies, materials, noise, audio technologies/formats, the built environment, landscapes, public space, psychoacoustics, embodied archives, institutional memory. He has shown recent works at the Music Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Rhubarb Festival, Luff Art + Dialog, and Sound Live Tokyo. For the past decade he has been continually active collaborating with choreographers and experimental theatre makers as a sound-maker, performer, and dramaturge, including works with Public Recordings, Dancemakers, Urbanvessel, Small Wooden Shoe, Christine Sun Kim, and Adam Kinner. He studied music at the University of Toronto, dramaturgy, and received an MFA from Bard College NY. He is a 2016 recipient of a Chalmers Art Fellowship.