FADO E-LIST (February 2017)

Dear FADO friends, 

It's been a long road, but we're nearly home now.

FADO's epic MONOMYTHS series is back for the third and final instalment from February 15 to February 19 at The Theatre Centre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. We are excited to experience the final stages of this year-long performance journey, culminating with The Return Home, through the work of Serena Lee (Toronto), claude wittmann (Toronto), Nao Bustamante (USA), Staceyann Chin (USA), and Tanya Mars (Toronto).

Some of these events are ticketed and others are by donation at the door. Limited seating at each performance. Two of the events are ASL interpreted, and both venues are fully accessible. Please see INDEX #1–#5 below for information about each project and links to on-line ticket sales. 

x, fado

MONOMYTHS invites a diverse collection of artists, scholars, and activists to revise Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey through performance art, lectures, workshops, and other offerings. This new assemblage of non-linear un-narratives proposes a cultural, political and social feminist re-visioning of the world. The MONOMYTHS perception of the universal journey dispels the notion of the lone patriarchal figure on a conquest to vanquish his demons–both inner and outer–in consideration of community, collectivity, and collaboration.  

Joseph Campbell’s influential book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) prescribes a common pattern to all of the world’s mythic narratives. According to this fundamental structure, the archetypal hero is challenged to embark on a monumental quest. Over the course of the hero’s journey, trials and obstacles must be overcome until a victory is won and the hero returns home with new knowledge about himself and the world. Campbell’s concept of the monomyth (‘one myth’) is a recognizable motif in both ancient mythology and contemporary culture, including film, music, literature, sports, and advertising. A current trend in popular visual culture replaces the male character with a female one, in spite of the fact that our heroine–from the get-go–would make different choices if the conditions, and conditioning, allowed. While each MONOMYTHS stage stands alone, the work of each presenting artist is interdependent and connected. These independent visions, when stitched together through the audience’s collective presence, form an exquisite corpse of a larger experimental narrative. 

The year-long MONOMYTHS project is presented in three sections starting in February 2016 and concluding in February 2017. The series is conceived and curated Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane.

Part 1 (February 3–7, 2016)
Stage 1: The Ordinary World/Call to Adventure
Stage 2: Refusal of the Call
Stage 3: Meeting of the Mentor
Stage 4: Crossing the Threshold
Stage 5: Belly of the Whale

Part 2 (May 2016–January 2017)
Stage 6: Tests, Allies, Enemies
Stage 7: Ordeals
Stage 8: Atonement with the Father/State
Stage 9: Apotheosis/Journey to the Inmost Cave

Part 3 (February 15–19, 2017)
Stage 10: The Road Back
Stage 11: Refusal of the Return
Stage 12: Mistress of Two Worlds
Stage 13: Freedom to Live
Stage 14: The Return Home


1. MONOMYTHS STAGE 10: The Road Back
Rise and Fall by Serena Lee
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
2. MONOMYTHS STAGE 11: Refusal of the Return
2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
3. MONOMYTHS STAGE 12: Mistress of Two Worlds
Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
4. MONOMYTHS STAGE 13: Freedom To Live
FADO and Rhubarb Festival present Staceyann Chin
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
5. MONOMYTHS STAGE 14: The Return Home
CRONE by Tanya Mars
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
6. EVENT: Oil Pressure Vibrator by Geumhyung Jeong
Date: February 1–2, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: The Theatre Centre
7. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 Independent Projects
Deadline date: February 6, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: Nuit Blanche
8. RESIDENCY: International Call for Naked State Art Residency
Deadline date: February 15, 2017; City: Bare Oaks, Canada; Source: Naked State
9. EVENT: Experimental Action
Dates: February 23–25, 2017; Houston, USA; Source: Experimental Action
Date: March 5, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: claude wittmann
11. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Lilith Performance Studio / Major Visual Art Performances
Deadline date: May 1, 2017; City: Malmö, Sweden; Souce: Lilith Performance Studio 


1. MONOMYTHS STAGE 10: The Road Back
Date: February 15, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: FADO

FADO Performance Art Centre presents MONOMYTHS
Stage 10
: The Road Back

Rise and Fall
by Serena Lee

Wednesday, February 15 @ 8pm
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West

Tickets:  Regular $15 | Student/senior/arts worker $12
Online service charges may apply. Limited seats available. Wheelchair accessible.
Book 416-538-0988 | PURCHASE ONLINE

Rise and Fall is a performance and collective exercise on the desire for inevitability, on how the return is narrated. A mutant reading group: we will create a model by weighing things–thoughts, images, and otherwise.

The first part is called Exposition.
Here, the key idea is introduced, the character established, giving us the main melodic line, the voice to follow. We set out along the path of its making.

The second part is called Development.
Here, we find ourselves getting lost, having followed the voice, the key idea, as it veers off into unpredictable territory: shadowy undergrowth, tangled density, change to a minor key, etc. A narrative device to create tension and interest, verging on dissolution.

The third part is called Recapitulation.
Here, we have regained our orientation and found our footing in the familiar. The compounded tension yields the reward of resolution, now that we have cleared the unknown and are following the path that, we expect, will take us home.  

We will not call it progress. How to describe the movement?

Serena Lee is an artist and researcher from Toronto. Layering forms, she maps power, perception, and belonging through polyphonic models. Serena practises, presents, facilitates, and collaborates internationally; she works in education and holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in the Netherlands and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.


2. MONOMYTHS STAGE 11: Refusal of the Return
Date: February 16, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: FADO

FADO Performance Art Centre presents MONOMYTHS
Stage 11
: Refusal of the Return

2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs
by claude wittmann

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00–10:00pm
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
Tickets: $10 donation (tickets at door only)

***This performance is ASL interpreted.***
Audience is invited to come and go throughout the performance.

2894 by claude wittmann asks participants to read outloud from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report (TRC report, 2015.) Each participant reads the report to a live streaming radio station with the aid of a cell phone and streaming software provided by the artist. Readers start where the last one left and read as much as they want. Sometimes the readings take place in a specific location, but mostly, participants may read anywhere they choose–in their homes, or in public. Participants read as much or as little as they can. Listeners can similarly be anywhere, listening on any device at any time. The connection of the radio provides a special kind of intimacy between readers and listeners. This project started in April 2016. It is on-going, until the entire report (all 2894 pages) has been read or until the project transforms into something more relevant to social change. 2894 is not a Truth and Reconciliation project. It is a Truth project. It is currently co-managed by claude wittmann and Adam Herst.

In 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs, claude and Adam facilitate a 3-hour reading session. Audience is invited to attend to listen to readings of the report. Audience is invited to become readers should they wish to. Readers read as much or as little as they choose, to the assembled audience of witnesses.

claude wittmann was born in Switzerland where he worked as a molecular biologist and now lives in Toronto; works as a bicycle mechanic and in performance art; has performed in festivals, in curated events, in self-produced pieces, and in the public space; in butoh-based solos, in intent-based durational process work, in body-directed although very psychological gender identity work, in improvised voice/noise/sound experiments and improvisations, during teaching and on live FM and internet radio. claude is concerned by the (in)ability of art in triggering social change. www.claudewittmann.ca


3. MONOMYTHS STAGE 12: Mistress of Two Worlds
Date: February 17, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: FADO

FADO Performance Art Centre presents MONOMYTHS
Stage 12: Mistress of Two Worlds

Silver & Gold
by Nao Bustamante

Friday, February 17 @ 8pm
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West

Sponsored by Images Festival

Tickets: Regular $15 | Student/senior/arts worker $12
Online service charges may apply. Limited seats available. Wheelchair accessible.
Book 416-538-0988 | PURCHASE ONLINE

Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a hyrbid work that Nao Bustamante proclaims a "filmformance". In this filmformance, Bustamante evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.

The performance alternates between action and live narration of a film projection. In the film, inspired by iconic underground filmmaker Jack Smith, Bustamante interprets Smith's muse: 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez. Honing-in on Smith's interest in Hollywood's obsession with filmic reproduction of the exotic, Bustamante embodies Miss Montez. Using video, live voiceover, audience interaction, and the body as a source of backdrop, narrative, and emotion, she takes the spectator on a bizarre and radical journey as she discovers a new bejeweled body part, which is at once her curse and oracle. This performance is the fruit of a commission by the LIVE FILM/ Jack Smith festival, co-organized by Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (HAU) in Berlin. 

Nao Bustamante's at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at venues and festivals across the globe, including OUTFEST – Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, MIX New York City, MIX Brasil, and the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Bustamante is popularly known for her appearance in the Bravo Network television show A Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, where she made her mark as a messy and complex character. www.naobustamante.com


4. MONOMYTHS STAGE 13: Freedom To Live
Date: February 18, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: FADO

FADO Performance Art Centre presents MONOMYTHS
Stage 13: Freedom to Live

Staceyann Chin
Saturday, February 18 @ 10:00pm

Wednesday to Sunday: $20 (Evening/Day Pass)
Rush Ticket Policy: PWYC (limited to 10 tickets per day Thurs-Sun max 2 per person)
Box Office 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb

***This event is ASL interpreted.***

A block of pay-what-you-can tickets are being held for d/Deaf and hard of hearing patrons for this performance. These can be booked in advance by e-mailing barry@buddiesinbadtimes.com, or purchased at the door prior to the performance.

FADO Performance Art Centre and the 38th Rhubarb Festival are proud to welcome Staceyann Chin's unique voice back to the stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. This is a rare opportunity to experience the powerful and provocative work of Staceyann Chin, an out spoken-word poet and LGBT rights and political activist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily; and has been featured on 60 Minutes and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2015, she was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month.

In her performance for MONOMYTHS, Chin weaves excerpts from her 2015 solo performance Motherstruck! with new thoughts and words ruminating on survival and action strategies for living in the current political situation in the USA as an intersectional life-term activist. 

Staceyann Chin is presented by FADO Performance Art Centre as a part of
Presented by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

February 15–26, 2017
Festival Director Mel Hague
Festival Sponsor TD Bank Group
Wednesday–Saturday, 8PM; Sunday 2:30PM

Staceyann Chin is a spoken-word poet, performance artist, and activist. She is of Chinese-Jamaican and Afro-Jamaican descent and her work often discusses her struggles of growing up as lesbian and multiracial in Jamaica. She uses her work to question the oppression and the limitations of identity, race, class, sexuality and belonging. Her work has been profiled in more than 21 newspapers, journals and magazines such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and the Pittsburgh Daily and her poems can be found in numerous publications. She is the author of The Memoir: The Other Side Of Paradise.


5. MONOMYTHS STAGE 14: The Return Home
Date: February 19, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: FADO

FADO Performance Art Centre presents MONOMYTHS
Stage 14: The Return Home

by Tanya Mars

Sunday, February 19 @ 2:00pm–8:00pm
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West

Tickets:  $10 donation (tickets at door only)
Audience is invited to come and go throughout the performance.

CRONE, the latest durational performance by Tanya Mars looks at how superstition and myth intertwine. In keeping with her recent performance strategy, Mars will create an atmospheric work that combines visually rich layers of spectacular, satirical feminist imagery with light and sound. A revered matriarch of the Canadian performance art community, it is fitting that Mars offers the conclusion to the year-long epic MONOMYTHS journey, illuminating Stage 14: The Return Home.

Tanya Mars is a feminist performance and video artist who has been involved in the Canadian art scene since 1973. She was a founding member and director of Powerhouse Gallery (La Centrale) in Montreal (the first women’s art gallery in Canada), editor of Parallelogramme magazine for 13 years, and very active in ANNPAC (the Association of National Non-Profit Artist-run Centres) for 15 years. Her work is often characterized as visually rich layers of spectacular, satirical feminist imagery. She has performed widely across Canada, in Valparaiso, Chile, Mexico City, Sweden, France and Helsinki. She is co-editor with Johanna Householder of Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (2004), and More Caught in the Act (2016), both published by YYZ books and partners. She is also a member of the 7a*11d Collective (established in 1997) that produces a bi-annual International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto. She currently teaches performance art and video at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is part of the graduate faculty of the Master of Visual Studies Program at the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of a 2008 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. www.tanyamars.com


6. EVENT: Oil Pressure Vibrator by Geumhyung Jeong
Date: February 1–2, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: The Theatre Centre

Oil Pressure Vibrator
By Geumhyung Jeong

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto

South Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong makes her Toronto debut with her internationally acclaimed piece, "Oil Pressure Vibrator". Running for two nights only, February 1–2, at The Theatre Centre, this is an event not to be missed!

Part performance piece, part lecture, this is a show that will challenge your notions of sexuality, technology and the body—not to mention theatre itself. Performer Geumhyung Jeong is a true original, and a true radical. Here she presents a piece about her love affair with an industrial excavator. Yes, you read that right: this is a performance that goes into uncharted waters, exploring sexuality fearlessly and with unabashed intellectualism. The show includes a big-screen visual presentation accompanied by a lecture: the artist describes her quest for autoerotic satisfaction, and how her search culminated in her settling on the construction machine as her object of desire.

From there she moves further into her exploration: on the video screen we see documentary footage of Jeong going through training to be an excavator operator, followed by… well, let’s just say things get pretty racy. But for all its shocking eroticism, this is also a contemplative, cerebral show. Jeong wants to shake us up, to make us think, to make us question some of our most basic ideas. This is an adventure in transgression, and her courage demands ours in response.

Creator/Performer: Geumhyung Jeong
Cinematographers: Geumhyung Jeong, Hoseung Jeon, Bongwoo Park, Youngkyo Choi
Video Editor: Geumhyung Jeong, Younghyun Jeong
English subtitles: Yunkyung Hur
Commissioned by: Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival 2008
Artist travel supported by: Korea Arts Management Service
Show copy written by Mike Archibald, courtesy of PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Performance Dates
Wednesday, February 1 – 8:00pm
Thursday, February 2 – 8:00pm

Tickets: https://tickets.theatrecentre.org/TheatreManager/1/login?event=174

Accessibility at The Theatre Centre
The Theatre Centre is an accessible facility, with barrier-free washrooms and an accessibility lift to facilitate movement between floors. If you are planning a trip to The Theatre Centre and have any questions about accessibility or would like to make any special arrangements, please call our box office at 416.538.0988.  We will be happy to make any arrangements to help facilitate an enjoyable visit to The Theatre Centre.


7. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 Independent Projects
Deadline date: February 6, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: Nuit Blanche 

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 is now accepting submissions to the Independent Projects Programme!

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event, Nuit Blanche Toronto returns from sunset to sunrise on September 30, 2017. Experience Toronto transformed by artists for one night only, all night long.

Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures  

To mark Canada's 150th anniversary, Nuit Blanche Toronto has created an overarching theme for the entire 2017 event focusing on this major milestone in Canada's history as a nation. Each Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 exhibition will look forward to the many possible futures of Canada, addressing notions of identity, nationhood, reconciliation, exploration, and the natural landscape, among others. 

Independent Projects Programme
Toronto artists, museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and BIAs are invited to submit their proposals to activate and transform the city at large as an Independent Project for Nuit Blanche Toronto. Independent Projects are self-funded, self-produced, and responsible for their own staffing, security and other project costs. Independent Projects must secure their own venue, though the City of Toronto can provide assistance to applicants without a confirmed location. Independent Projects can be located anywhere within the city of Toronto. Independent Projects are not funded or produced by the City of Toronto, but instead are program partners of the event. They are selected through an adjudication process. The submission deadline for Independent Project applications by email is 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, February 6, 2017.

Independent Projects Eligibility
Applicants should be aware that their participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto's Independent Project program is not solely on the based on meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are juried against the criteria outlined in the 2017 Independent Projects Application Guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility, and relation to the 2017 event theme, Many Possible Futures.

2017 Independent Projects Application and Guidelines
Please download both the 2017 Independent Projects Application Guidelines and the 2017 Independent Projects Application below. It is essential that you read and understand the Guidelines before completing your application. The deadline for Independent Projects applications is Monday, February 6, 2017.

See website for application forms and guildlines: https://nbto.com/


8. RESIDENCY: International Call for Naked State Art Residency
Deadline date: February 15, 2017; City: Bare Oaks, Canada; Source: Naked State
Naked State Art Residency / International Call
Bare Oaks, Canada
Program Dates: July 21–31, 2017
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017
Naked State is a 10-day residency to create artworks that explore the nude human body in context of nature, culture and art. For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency Facilitator live as naturists (in the nude) within the naturist community of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being? Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore these questions through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc. Naked State welcomes people in all walks of life into a creative journey of criticality thinking and self-discovery. Indigenous, people with disabilities, people of colour and diverse gender identifications are encouraged to apply.
This programmed residency offers facilitation by Multimedia Artist Teresa Ascencao, a seminar on naturism with Stéphane Deschênes, a creative workshop, guest visits by artists and members of the Bare Oaks naturist community, and plenty of studio time. Critiques of residents’ works occur on a regular basis, individually with the Facilitator and through facilitated group discussions. Artists are encouraged to socialize and integrate with the Bare Oaks community at campfires, swimming, sharing meals, and through the creation of artworks. The Bare Oaks community will be invited to the introductory resident artist talks, guest seminar with Stéphane, and scheduled studio visits with artists (who wish to participate). The closing event will be open to members of Bare Oaks and the public.
Naked State is organized by Arts Unfold, which produces art and design projects in Canadian and European communities to foster greater understandings of social and environmental conditions.
Naturism is the practice of complete nudity in a social setting. Though nudity is the most obvious aspect of naturism, it is simply a tool to reach closer to a natural state. The purpose of naturism is to promote wholesomeness and stability of the human body, mind, and spirit. It also promotes wellbeing through complete contact of the body with the natural elements. For a full description of naturism, visit: BareOaks.ca/index.php/en/about-naturism.
Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is a year-round naturist park near Toronto in Canada, where individuals and families experience traditional naturist values in a modern setting. It is nestled among the natural wilderness of the Ontario Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine. Its varied landscape includes open spaces, forests, ponds, streams and a small lake. Amenities include a store, restaurant, sun deck, TV and sports lounge, outdoor pool, whirlpool, saunas, exercise room, laundromat, and a small common kitchen with microwave and fridge. Wireless Internet can be purchased at the front desk. The Outback common room will be dedicated as a large shared studio space for the duration of the residency. There is some wheel chair accessibility. Bare Oaks is located in East Gwillimbury, under an hour north-east of Toronto. For more information visit BareOaks.ca.
For residency and submission details visit: www.NakedState.ca
9. EVENT: Experimental Action
Dates: February 23–25, 2017; Houston, USA; Source: Experimental Action
Experimental Action | Performance Art
Houston Texas Area Performance Art Festival
Incoming Artists
Marta Jovanovic, Bosnia
Chunhua Catherine Dong, Canada
Abel Azcona, Spain
Vincent Tiley, NYC
Peter Clough, NYC
Christian Cruz, Mexico
Amanda Gregory, LA
Miao Jiaxin, NYC/China
Ryan Hawk, Austin
Michael Anthony Garcia, Austin
Houston artists:
Jim Pirtle
Celestina Billington
Nestor Topchy
Brittani Broussard
Jeremiah Carroll
Unna Bettie
Clay Zapalac
Emmanuel Nuno Arambula
Eric Thayer
and more..
Experimental Action is a three day, innovative International performance art festival happening February 23- 25th of 2017 that will feature a collection of groundbreaking International and non local performance artists along with Houston-based performance artists. Each of the three nights will be hosted at a different downtown Houston venue and will consist of a series of engaging, participatory and experimental Performance Art works. Incoming performance artists will be speaking at area universities and leading workshops during the days. A symposium will be held at the Contemporary Arts Museum on February 25th to facilitate critical dialogue about the work presented. The festival creates a short term community. Through communal housing and meals, local artists and volunteers and incoming artists connect creating cultural exchange, lasting connections and future collaborations. The festival is curated and directed by Julia Claire Wallace and Evan McCarley.

Date: March 5, 2017; City: Toronto, Canada; Source: claude wittmann

organized by Simla Civelek and claude wittmann

Sunday March 5, 2017, 6–9pm
Artscape Youngplace
Studio 103, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

Fully accessible by Ontario standards, with a wheelchair ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, an elevator servicing every floor and a fully accessible washroom on every level. 

Simla and claude say: “We have been inspired by Marylin Arsem's "Waiting for Sunrise”, which took place Jan 13-14, 2017 in Toronto as a part of FADO Performance Art Centre’s MONOMYTHS series and want to recreate the waiting as a moment of silence by different human beings in the same space between 6 and 9 pm. Cellphones will be turned off or silenced except one which will broadcast the silence onto an internet radio. You can drop-in or stay for the 3 hours. The waiting is free."


11. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Lilith Performance Studio / Major Visual Art Performances
Deadline date: May 1, 2017; City: Malmö, Sweden; Souce: Lilith Performance Studio


Lilith Performance Studio is now welcoming visual artists to apply to Lilith Commissions with a proposal of a new major performance work, which will be realized in Malmö, Sweden, during 2018-2020. Lilith Performance Studio is a non-profit arts organization and an independent arena for visual art performance. The Studio initiates new exceptional visual art performances by inviting visual artists from around the world, some of whom have never worked live before.

Each year, selected artists are given the unique opportunity to realize and present a new large-scale performance on site in the studio in Malmö or elsewhere in the city, in close collaboration with the studio. The invited artists get a great chance to explore their own artistic expression and to work in a larger scale including all aspects in creating a new art work. Lilith selects artists with a distinctively individual artistic mode of expression and integrity when it comes to idea as well as method, artists that also share an interest in exploring their own work in relation to the studio as an experimental site. The artists are encouraged to expand their artistic vision through the use of live performance, resulting in unique productions.

During a 4-8 weeks long production period in Malmo the artists are given the opportunity to focus on all the parts of a live piece: site, time, staging, participants and audience. The selected artists to Lilith’s Commission program will receive significant financial and production support to experiment and realize innovative new works, in close collaboration with the studio from conceptualization to presentation. Lilith Commission will include a budget for production, research and development, artist fee, accommodation and travel expenses. Proposals should be new, innovative large-scale works, which respond to the idea of the studio as an experimental site, and the wish to expand the artistic vision. Applicants will be judged on the groundbreaking nature of their idea and its potential for realization.

Who can apply? Artist from all over the world who already use live elements in their work and those who are experimenting with performance for the first time are welcome to apply. We accept applications from emerging, mid-career and established artists working in the visual art field.

Applications deadline: 1st of May 2017. Application must include:
-1-2 proposals of new large-scale performance works;
-Artist’s CV, biography and portfolio of their latest works;
-Artist’s statement

No application form is needed just send in all material through e-mail. Please no phone calls, only e-mails. ALL submissions must be sent to: info@lilithperformancestudio.com

NOTE: Lilith Performance Studio will contact the artist if the project is accepted for the next step in the application. If the artist does not get a reply in the end of August, the artist is not accepted to the next step.

Lilith Performance Studio opened in 2007 in Malmö, Sweden and has since the inception created 45 commissions, several curatorial collaborations, guest appearances and festivals. As a production space and an arena for visual art performance, the studio is the first of its kind in the world.

View all performance works on Lilith’s website: http://lilithperformancestudio.com


Established in 1993, FADO Performance Art Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre based in Toronto, Canada. FADO provides a stage and on-going forum in support of the research and development of contemporary performance art practices in Canada and internationally. As a year-round presentation platform, FADO exists nomadically, working with partner organizations and presenters, and utilizing venues and sites that are appropriate to individual projects. FADO presents 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 perspectives. FADO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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