FADO E-LIST (October 2009)

FADO Performance Art Centre

October E-bulletin (just a short one)
1. FADO Performance Art Centre presents TallBlondLadies
Date: Monday October 26, 2009
2. UPCOMING AT FADO: Escapist Action: Performance in Recession
Dates: November 23 – 29, 2009
3. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival (Toronto)
Deadline date: January 15, 2010; Source: 7a*11d
1. FADO Performance Art Centre presents TallBlondLadies
Date: Monday October 26, 2009
Potential Fertility Rite
Monday October 26, 2009
Durational, from 5PM – 10PM
YYZ Artists Outlet
140-401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Two nearly identical tall blonde women, wearing white folklore blouses, grey leather short and white moon boots strapped into traditional wooden snowshoes manipulate large red exercise balls, enacting a traditional invocation rite by utilizing non-traditional gesture, action and costume. In this 5-hour performance movement, TallBlondLadies repeat a ritualized synchronized dance using modern day props, in time to the sound of snowshoes.
"TBL inverts female stereotypes through the composition of absurd and unexpected performative gestures, often incorporating a range of accoutrement from high-end fashion to sports gear. Their works present diametrically opposed concepts; beauty and grace are juxtaposed and diminished through brute action and athleticism, tacitly disrupting and challenging gender-based categorizations." Artists Space, New York, 2007
Established in 2003, TallBlondLadies is a collaborative performance project between Anna Berndtson (Sweden) and Irina Runge (Germany).
FADO is pleased to present TallBlondLadies in association with Hysteria Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. TallBlondLadies will also perform at Hysteria on Saturday October 24 at 9pm. For details about this performance and the festival go to: 
2. UPCOMING AT FADO: Escapist Action: Performance in Recession
Dates: November 23 – 29, 2009
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Curated by Don Simmons
Participating Artists:
John G. Boehme (Victoria)
Joanne Bristol (Winnipeg)
David Frankovich (Toronto)
Tomas Jonsson (Calgary)
Rodolphe-Yves Lapointe (Quebec)
Julian Higuerey Núñez (Venezuela)
Ignacio Peréz Peréz (Venezuela)
Claudia Wittmann (Toronto)
We are bombarded daily with reports and conjecture about the reality of the current worldwide economic situation: we are in recession. Businesses are failing and offering discount prices on everything in the store; the stock market is in a downward spinal; businesses are looking for bailouts from the government and their agencies are offering stimulations packages. In times like these, most of Main Street has little to celebrate, and government has a real problem on their hands. 
But some businesses, despite these tough economic times, experience a boom period. Alcohol sales are up; Hollywood movies are experiencing a surge in attendance; and local symphonies, ballets, and operas are reporting a rise in audience numbers. It is believed that this growth is due to individuals needing to escape from their problems and troubles. They want to forget about reality. During tough economic times, art relating to escapism prospers.
The artists in this series have created recession era / proof / minded performances and performative projects that respond to the age-old question, “How do you escape?” during tough times. The works in this series fall into 3 categories: Black Friday, Red Tag Saturday, and Grey Cup Sunday, and respond to the current global economic situation with humour, offerings on how to deal with fear, a dash of entrepreneurial spirit, and the pure yet fleeting quest for pleasure amongst the capitalist ruins. 
Schedule of events coming soon.
Co-presented by InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre: www.interaccess.org
3. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival (Toronto)
Deadline date: January 15, 2010; Source: 7a*11d
8th International Festival in Toronto, presented by the 7a*11d collective
October 21 – 31, 2010
7a*11d's 8th International Festival of Performance Art takes place in Toronto from October 21 to 31, 2010. Organized by a non-profit collective of artists, 7a*11d presents performance art events and artist projects in our biannual festival. Our purpose is to offer a professional venue for new and progressive performance art works. The artist organizers will select emerging and established artists of the highest quality from around the world to showcase the breadth and depth of contemporary performance art. This Call for Submissions is for artists living in Canada. We pay artist fees, accommodation and when possible, subsidize travel.
D2D = Direct to Documentation: a program of performance documentation or performance for camera. Can't come to the Festival? We still want to see your work! Send us a tape, CD or DVD [five minutes or less] of your performance documentation or performance for camera. Selected works will be curated into a screening program. Artist fees will be paid to those selected for screening.
Deadline:  Proposals must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2010. 
Please be sure to indicate the kind of setting that is most appropriate for your work (indoor/outdoor, site specific, industrial warehouse, white gallery, black box, etc.)
Return of materials:  If you wish your materials to be returned, you MUST include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your documentation. Please ensure that postage is adequate. Materials will be returned by June 2010.
No dance, theatre or circus troupes or companies.
No email submissions.
Send proposals to:
c/o 386 Delaware Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
About FADO
Established in 1993, FADO Performance Inc. (Performance Art Centre) is a not-for-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada. FADO exists to provide a stable, ongoing, supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art. Currently, we are the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. We present the work of local, national and international artists who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communicate provocative new images and new perspectives. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their on-going support of our endeavors.
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