The Choral Revolution

Pure Research number eleven was led by Rebecca Singh and Nick Carpenter at Glen Morris Studio at the University of Toronto in Toronto, on December 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2007.

Topic of research and goals: Explore, though choral forms, the possibilities of presenting private, personal, and Kabarett style subject matter with a chorus.

General inquiries: Can the twenty-person show be the new one-person show?; What role can a chorus play in non-classical theatre?; What type of theatre magic can be created with chorus in contemporary storytelling?; Can speed and efficiency be found within a group to make working in this format viable and worthwhile?; Can you achieve the same spectator experience when a chorus presents the material?; Can the medium be the message?


Lead researcher: Rebecca Singh and Nick Carpenter.

Participating artists: Anousha Alamian, Sarah Bezansen, Jay Bowen, Leanna Brodie, Anna Chatterton, Jayne Collins, Diana Donnelly, Megan Dunlop, Megan Flynn, Shawn Hitchins, Elva Mai Hoover, Noah Keneally, Earl Pastko, Freya Ravensbergen, Julian Pichings, Katherine Sanders, Derek Scott, Jonathan Seinen, Seife Tesfaye, and Norman Yeung.

Nightswimming: Brian Quirt, and Naomi Campbell.


Extract of an exercise conducted during the workshop.

  Thoughts on the Workshop

Nick Carpenter´s thoughts on the workshop 8 years later.

  Thoughts on the Workshop

Rebecca Singh´s thoughts on the workshop 8 years later.


Photographs from one day of the workshop.

  Sound Clip

Sound clip of the experiments for the research.


Script used for the experiments for the research.

  Glossary and Experiments

Glossary and description of the experiments for the workshop.


Rebecca Singh and Nick Carpenter´s resumes, and Njo Kong Kie´s bio.

  Research Proposal

Rebecca Singh´s research proposal.

  Application Letter

Rebecca Singh´s Pure Research application letter.


Final report on the research project.