FADO E-LIST (October 2008 - FADO + Festival news)

FADO Performance Art Centre - October 2008

1. FADO and OCAD present Cheryl L'Hirondelle in conversation
Date: Wednesday October 15, 6:30PM
2. FADO and imagineNATIVE Festival present Cheryl L'Hirondelle in performance
Date: Thursday October 16, 8PM
3. FADO Performance Art Centre presents What is Important?
Workshop with BBB Johannes Deimling in conjunction with the 7a*11d Festival
Dates: October 17-21 (performances on October 23/24 at Toronto Free Gallery)
4. 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art OPENS!
Dates: Thursday October 23-Sunday November 2, 2008
5. FADO October E-list (supplement) can be found here:




1. FADO and OCAD present Cheryl L'Hirondelle in conversation
Date: Wednesday October 15, 6:30PM

FREE PUBLIC TALK: An Evening with Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Presented by OCAD Faculty of Art and FADO

Wednesday October 15, 6:30pm
Ontario College of Art & Design
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

All are welcome; admission is free.
Limited seating is available; guests are advised to arrive early.


2. FADO Performance Art Centre presents Cheryl L'Hirondelle in performance

Cheryl L’Hirondelle performs êkâya-pâhkaci
Thursday October 16, 8:00pm
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Prior to the evening performance, the gallery will be open for viewing and visiting from 12-6pm on Thursday October 16.

Presented in conjunction with the 2008 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Art Festival

FADO Performance Art Centre presents êkâya-pâhkaci [ee-guy-uh-puck-a-chee] (don’t freeze up) by Cheryl L’Hirondelle. êkâya-pâhkaci operates through an intersection of nomadic site-specificity, visual patterning, language, narrative, movement and rhythm. In this work the artist stages a performance presented under an adaptable traveling tent from where she relates and offers information to the audience using her body, voice and graffiti/tagging. The audience, by proximity and in accepting her invitation to witness her activities 'comes in from the cold' and becomes part of her 'camp'.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (aka Waynohtêw, Cheryl Koprek) is an Alberta born halfbreed (Metis/Cree-non status/treaty, French, German, Polish) artist and musician. Her creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. Since the early 80's, L'Hirondelle has created, performed and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines, including: music, performance art, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, installation and new media. In the early 90's, she began a parallel career as an arts consultant and programmer, cultural strategist/activist, and director/producer of both independent works and projects within national artist-run networks.
L’Hirondelle’s performance work has been featured in various texts including Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women edited by Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder (2001) and Candice Hopkin's Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community (2006). In 2004, L'Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at DAK'ART Lab, as part of the 6th Edition of the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal. In both 2005 and 2006, L'Hirondelle was the recipient of the imagineNATIVE New Media Award for her online net.art projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina. L'Hirondelle's practice as a musician has also garnered her several nominations and awards, including Award for Best Female Traditional Cultural Roots Album (2006) and the 2007 Best Group Award from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, for Fusion of Two Worlds, the first CD from her Aboriginal Women's ensemble, M'Girl.

3. FADO Performance Art Centre presents What is Important?
Dates: October 17-21, 2008

Public performances from workshop participants take place on October 23/24
Presented in conjunction with the 7a*11d International Festival.

What is Important?
Performance Art Workshop with BBB Johannes Deimling
Friday October 17 – Tuesday October 21, 2008
Final performances take place on October 23 /24 at Toronto Free Gallery

In cooperation with FADO Performance Art Centre, internationally recognized performance artist and educator BBB Johannes Deimling will be offering an Intensive Performance Art Workshop in Toronto from October 17-21, 2008. Entitled What is Important? this intensive workshop rounds up after 5-days with public performances presented during the start of the 7th biannual 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. Workshop participants will have the unique opportunity to experience the local, Canadian and International performance art scene as it converges on Toronto for the 7th International 7a*11d Festival of Performance Art.

BBB Johannes Deimling’s work has been presented at festivals, galleries and events around the world since 1988 events and festivals in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Estonia, Austria, Romania, France, Italy, Spain, England, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Israel, Canada and Cuba. Since 1998, Deimling has devoted much of his practice to lecturing on performance art at various academic institutions including: F+F, school for art and media design in Zurich, Switzerland (Lecturer, 1998-present), Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia (Lecturer, 2004-present); as a visiting guest lecturer at institutions in Leipzig, Mainz, the HFG in Karlsruhe, University of Regina, the Universidad Valencia (Spain), Bezalel Academy of Arts (Israel) and others; as well as facilitating performance art workshops throughout Europe in cooperation with international festivals and organizations. In 2006, he co-founded Port Performance – Forum for Performance Art, with artist Angelika Fotjuch. Port Performance has presented performance art workshops for international participants in Poland, Israel and France.

Limited spots for this unique opportunity are still open; discounted price available for students.

For more information, visit the FADO website:


4. 7a*11 International Festival of Performance Art
Thursday October 23 – Sunday November 2, 2008

7a*11d is pleased to present the 7th biannual International Festival of Performance Art to Toronto audiences from October 23 to November 2. Presented in association with our festival and gallery partners, daily and evening performance art events take place at XPACE Cultural Centre and Toronto Free Gallery; with special events taking place at The Gladstone Hotel, the Fleishman Gallery at WonderWorks and Trinity Bellwoods Park throughout the festival dates.

7a*11d is proud to announce our forthcoming 7th International Festival, a culmination of 11 years of working together as an artist-run collective. In order to celebrate this accomplishment, the 2008 7a*11d festival promises a unique and wide-ranging mix of progressive and provocative new performance works by over 30 of the global performance art community’s most exciting and innovative contemporary performance artists. The festival hosts residencies, performance art events, panel discussions, artists’ talks, video/performance screenings, and workshops in 11 jam-packed days.

Artists participating in this year's festival include:
Tomomi Adachi (Japan)
Gustavo Alvarez (Mexico)
Warren Arcand (BC)
Francis Arguin (QC)
Annette Arlander (Finland)
Marilyn Arsem (USA)
Sylvette Babin (QC)
Natasha Bailey & Danielle Williams (Toronto)
John G. Boehme (BC)
Nenad Bogdanovic (Serbia)
Ulysses Castellanos (Toronto)
Simla Civelek (Toronto)
BBB Johannes Deimling (Germany)
Chaw Ei Thein (Burma)
Angelika Fojtuch (Poland)
Nicola Frangione (Italy)
Randy Gagne & Stacey Sproule (Toronto)
Sini Haapalinna (Finland)
Alejandra Herrera (Chile/USA)
Mahan Javadi (Toronto)
József R. Juhász (Slovakia)
Essi Kausalainen (Finland)
Risa Kusumoto (Toronto)
Norbert Klassen (Switzerland)
Will Kwan (Toronto)
Glenn Lewis (BC)
Jason Lim (Singapore)
Pia Lindy (Finland)
Joost Nieuwenburg (Netherlands)
Robin Poitras (SK)
Martin Renteria (Mexico)
Don Simmons (Toronto)
Tonik Wojtyra (Toronto)
Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan)



Festival Opening Night
Thursday, October 23, 8:00 pm
XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave.
Warren Arcand, Will Kwan, Joost Nieuwenburg, Randy Gagne & Stacey Sproule

The Residents
In honour of our anniversary year, we have invited 7 artists of exceptional merit to come to Toronto for an 11-day performance super residency; taking over storefronts, studios, galleries and the street to create large and small scale durational actions and new performance works. The 2008 festival Residents are Canadians Robin Poitras, Glenn Lewis, Warren Arcand, and Sylvette Babin, and international artists Chaw Ei Thein (Burma), Gustavo Alvarez (Mexico) and Norbert Klassen (Switzerland).

Special Focus: Finland
A special program featuring the work of four of Finland’s most innovative female performance artists, women who mix high tech with the highly physical: Annette Arlander, Sini Haapalinna, Essi Kausalainen and Pia Lindy.

d2d.4 = direct to documentation 2008
Screenings of video/performance for the camera from around the world.

Fado Performance Art Centre
Offers a special 5-day intensive performance art workshop entitled What is Important? with Berlin-based artist and educator BBB Johannes Deimling; as well as presenting the work of Angelika Fotjuch (Poland), BBB Johannes Deimling (Germany), Will Kwan (Toronto) and Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan).

Festival Closing Panel
Sunday, November 2, 12:00 noon
XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave.
Annette Arlander, Paul Couillard, Johanna Householder, Tanya Mars (via Skype). Intervention: Norbert Klassen.

Visit our blog for festival coverage by Andrew J. Paterson & Elaine Wong.

For a complete schedule visit www.7a-11d.ca
Get on the mailing list by emailing info@performanceart.ca
Call the Festival Hotline at 416 822 3219
Pickup the festival catalogue available October 10

7a*11d would like to acknowledge the support of our funders and the generosity of our partners: Canada Council for the Arts (Inter-arts and Visual Arts Programs), Japan Canada Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto Free Gallery, FADO Performance Art Centre, FRAME (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange), Instituto Italiano Cultura di Toronto, ProHelvetia, Stroom Den Haag, CIUT 89.5fm, Beehive Design, Twig Design, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Art Festival, Gladstone Hotel, Vtape, Coleman Lemieux & Company, wonderworks and Fuse Magazine.

Contact: Shannon Cochrane



Founded in 1993, FADO was established to provide a stable, knowledgeable and supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art works created by Canadian and international performance artists. FADO is the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. FADO’s activities include presenting performances, artist talks, festivals, residencies, exchanges and workshops, as well as publishing in a variety of formats, including video and for the web.

FADO’s activities are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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