FADO E-LIST (April 2021)


1. TO WATCH: Belfast International Festival of Performance Art (BIFPA)

Date: Now; Location: On-line; Source: Brian Connolly

2. TO READ: Performance Magazine on-line

Date: Now; Location: On-line; Source: Gustaf Broms

3. PUBLICATION: A new book from Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Date: Now; Location: Order on-line: Source: Guillermo Gómez-Peña

4. TO HELP: Performance Art Archive / DIE SCHWARZE LADE – BLACK KIT
Date: NOW; Location: On-line; Source: Boris Niesony

5. EVENT: Salt Lake City Performance Arts Festival

Date: April 2–3, 2021; Location: On-line; Source: SLCPAF

6. TO CELEBRATE: Franklin Furnace’s 45th Anniversary / Sapphire Soirée

Date: April 3, 2021; Location: On-line; Source: Franklin Furnace

7. TO THINK ABOUT: Didier Morelli & Sylvie Tourangeau / On-Going

Date: April 7, 14, 21, 2021; Location: your mind; Source: DARE-DARE

8. IN CONVERSATION: Autumn Knight & Justine A. Chambers

Date: April 7, 2021; Location: On-line; Source: Western Front

9. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Franklin Furnace Fund

Deadline: April 8, 2021; City: New York City, USA: Source: Franklin Furnace

10. EVENT(s): PSi Constellate 2021

Date: Now–October 2021; Location: On-line; Source: PSi


Dates: April 9 / 23 / May 14, 2021; Location: On-line: Source: Golboo Amani

12. EVENT: Out of Site / Flow Symposium

Date: April 22–May 9, 2021; Location: on-line; Source: Carron Little

13. BIG SEEKING: LADA is looking for new leadership

Deadline to apply: April 26, 2021; Location: London, UK; Source: LADA




1. TO WATCH: Belfast International Festival of Performance Art (BIFPA)

Date: Now; Location: On-line; Source: Brian Connolly


Belfast International Festival of Performance Art (BIFPA) generates new performance artworks by international, national & local artists alongside students and recent graduates of the Fine Art Course, Ulster University.


The festival took place in Belfast, N.Ireland from March 22–26. Watch the archived streams on BIFPA’s Facebook page.




2. TO READ: Performance Magazine on-line

Date: Now; Location: On-line; Source: Gustaf Broms


Between 1979–1992 Performance Magazine documented an extraordinary period in the development of art in the UK.


With its maverick and punk ethos Performance Magazine embodied an immensely active community of artists, writers and publics that crossed disciplines throughout the late 70s, 80s and the start of the 90s.


The magazine provided a vital platform for the awareness of new approaches to the making and experience of art by creating a critical context and space for discourse. Moving beyond Performance Art and conventional categorisations, Performance Magazine was instrumental in promoting cross-disciplinary and underground art and played an important role in triggering the development of Live Art as a terminology and field of creative practice.


Rob La Frenais (founding editor 1979–1987) has collaborated with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) to develop this project – Performance Magazine Online.


All sixty-six issues of Performance Magazine have been digitized and are accessible on this site for you to freely search, browse and read. A new film by Hugo Glendinning and Alex Eisenberg maps the magazine’s history and legacy. Commissioned features by Anne Bean, Hester Reeve, Lynn MacRitchie, Claire MacDonald and Nahum Mantra respond to the archive and the period when the magazine was published.


READ Performance Magazine here.




3. PUBLICATION: A new book from Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Date: Now; Location: Order on-line: Source: Guillermo Gómez-Peña


Gómez-Peña Unplugged: Texts on Live Art, Social Practice and Imaginary Activism 

By Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Edited by Emma Tramposch & Balitronica Gómez




Gómez-Peña Unplugged is an anthology of recent and rewritten classic writings from Guillermo Gómez-Peña, a figure who stands alone as unique and groundbreaking in the history of performance art, and as the Artistic Director of transdisciplinary performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. 


Throughout this collection, Gómez-Peña tackles literature, theory, pedagogy, activism and live art in an eclectic mix that demonstrates how the process of writing is simultaneously a performative exercise in embodied language. The writing stands as a call for action utilizing what Gómez-Peña terms ‘imaginary activism’ and ‘radical citizenship’; it invites the reader to embrace a borderless, polygendered, cross generational and race literate ethos. This timely anthology comes straight from the heart of a troubled Trump-era United States and a crime cartel ridden Mexico. Artists and writers are prompted to engage in radical performance pedagogy within the civic realm and to think of themselves as public intellectuals and ‘artivists’ participating in the great debates of our times.


By encouraging emerging artists and writers to wildly imagine their practice beyond the normative art world and academia, this book is a fundamental read for scholars and students of performance art, political theatre, cultural studies, literature, poetry, activism and race and gender politics. 


Gómez-Peña Unplugged is being published in dialog with La Pocha Nostra: A handbook for the rebel artist in a post-democratic society (written by Gómez-Peña and Saul Garcia-Lopez & edited by Paloma Martinez-Cruz). The brand-new manual offers a reworked outline of La Pocha Nostra’s interdisciplinary pedagogical practices developed over the past ten years & combined with this Anthology offers the reader deep insight into the literary, pedagogical and artistic practices of Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra. 




4. TO HELP: Performance Art Archive / DIE SCHWARZE LADE–BLACK KIT
Date: NOW; Location: On-line; Source: Boris Nieslony

Performance Art Archive


The reason for the following appeal is the lack of funding to cover the 2021/2022 rent for the international performance art archive DIE SCHWARZE LADE – BLACK KIT. Cutbacks and the loss of income put the archive, which is voluntarily run, in a precarious situation. The first crowdfunding by the artist Michael Barrett secured the rent until the middle of this year and raised the initial project funds for the anniversary year in 2021. However, the financing of a protective roof for the artists' dossiers, performance relics, desks for researchers or the specialized library of the archive is no longer guaranteed after July 2021. For this purpose, we need your help once again!


With many thanks,

Boris Nieslony & the archive DIE SCHWARZE LADE–BLACK KIT


PLEASE pledge your support here.


What is happening:

The collection of information from the field of performance art, action art, the classification and processing is an on-going process. The collections continue to be inventoried. Currently, the performance library (nearly 10,000 books) and B&W negatives are being reviewed and contextualized, with slides and prints to follow. Contextual research continues to be done. Performance networks in particular are being archived and increasingly catalogued. Visits to the archive are welcome, as allowed with Covid-19 restrictions. Please contact for information.


What is NEW:

­In 2021, the organization will be run by a team consisting of artists and scientists. A comprehensive digitalization process will be initiated. This means that international access and presence on various online platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are being established. The ambition is to remain a vibrant, up-to-date, and engaging archive, also in the digital realm. In 2021, the archive will be 40 years old and that is worth celebrating. In September 1981, the performance art archive "Black Kit" was conceived and grew out of the conference "The Council". This round birthday is thematically approached and channeled into practical as well as theoretical publications: Discussion rounds, guided tours, cooperations are intended. The first project funds have been raised for this purpose.

What has not yet been achieved:

What is still not a genuine practice is the funding of the archive as an open, volunteer-run place of performance and its research. Talks with permanent funding partners have begun but have been forced into shutdown by the pandemic. And any hope for a quick wake up has now finally been taken away from us. So, we have to remain realists and rely on international solidarity among performance artists, theorists, interested people and big-hearted people to keep the archive alive, open and protected by a rooftop.







5. EVENT: Salt Lake City Performance Arts Festival

Date: April 2–3, 2021; Location: On-line; Source: SLCPAF


April 2–3, 2021

Salt Lake City, USA


Catch world-class performance art with the 8th Annual Salt Lake City Performance Arts Festival. You'll experience unscripted, unrehearsed, thought-provoking work from local, national, and international artists. The Festival is free, and suitable for all ages and interests.


WATCH the live stream here.




6. TO CELEBRATE: Franklin Furnace’s 45th Anniversary: Sapphire Soirée

Date: April 3, 2021; Location: On-line; Source: Franklin Furnace


The Franklin Furnace’s 45th Anniversary: Sapphire Soirée

April 3, 2021

7:00–8:00pm (EST)




Franklin Furnace Archive will celebrate its 45th Anniversary on April 3 with a free public online party announcing new members of its Board of Directors and the launch of its new website and digital Loft for live presentations. The public is invited to meet members of Franklin Furnace’s Board of Directors, Visionary Committee, and Staff, join a guided tour of our new website, and have a slice or three of virtual cake.




7. TO THINK ABOUT: Didier Morelli & Sylvie Tourangeau

Date: April 7, 14, 21, 2021; Location: your mind; Source: DARE-DARE


DARE-DARE / On-going

Didier Morelli et/and Sylvie Tourangeau


As a means of communication, transactional objects sent by mail (one of the duologists lives in New York and the other in a village in Québec). An invisible exchange therefore took place, ending its course without a direct contact. In the absence of an interpreter, the concrete (words, images, drawings, collages, small objects) becomes a messenger of imagination and fiction, to which the duo also chose to respond with numerous telepathic sessions...




April 7: 6:00–6:30pm

April 14: 6:00–6:30pm

April 21: 6:00–6:30pm



Born and raised in Montréal, Didier Morelli is an interdisciplinary artist who combines practice and research in both his academic and performative explorations. Morelli is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. His live art practice includes endurance-based, contextually specific, and relational actions. His studio-based work incorporates elements of installation, drawing, photography and video. He has performed at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, 2014; the Buenos Aires Performance Art Biennial, Buenos Aires, 2017; and at ViVA! Art Action, Montréal, 2017. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between the built environment and the kinesthetic nature of performing bodies in everyday outdoor architectural spaces. His writing has been published in Canadian Theatre Review, C Magazine, and esse arts + opinions.



Sylvie Tourangeau is considered a pioneer of performance art in Canada. Since 1978, her actions, collective workshops and individual coaching have actively created a space for the experimentation of a performative consciousness through minimal actions that enhance the quality of presence, support intensity and personify connections with the viewer. Performances, relational art, furtive practices and rituals of circumstance are her main areas of focus. She has also published artist books and more than sixty articles on a significant ensemble of performers. She founded the interdisciplinary training centre, Espace Sylvie Tourangeau, (Joliette 1995 to 2007) and developed a place of artist residencies, at the heart of Quebec's built heritage, La maison aux volets jaunes (2015-2017) and La nouvelle maison jaune (2018-) dedicated to performing arts.




8. IN CONVERSATION: Autumn Knight & Justine A. Chambers

Date: April 7, 2021; Location: ZOOM-iverse; Source: Western Front


Autumn Knight and Justine A. Chambers with Pablo de Ocampo

April 7, 2021

2:00–3:00pm (PST)


FREE / Zoom / Register HERE


Reflecting on her recent performance for Western Front, Autumn Knight is joined by dance artist Justine A. Chambers and curator Pablo de Ocampo for an online talk on and around their individual practices. Starting outside their work, from a series of cultural references and influences, Knight and Chambers will discuss the structures of scores and improvisation; how they engage and activate an audience; and what the impact of physically-distanced, online performance is having on their practice.


For her engagement with Western Front, Knight was originally invited to present an exhibition and performance on-site in Vancouver. Within the context of COVID-19, in which travel and public gatherings are restricted, Knight will instead make a new performance to be viewed online. Capitalizing on these limitations, Knight’s new performance draws on her background in performance and video, and further develops a technical structure first employed while in residence at The Kitchen (New York) in the summer of 2020. Here, the frame of a live video stream is the proscenium stage. Using her studio in New York as a set, and working closely with a video production team employing multiple cameras and switchers, Knight’s new work pushes at the edges of what is “live.”


Watch the archived recording of the live performance from March 31.



Autumn Knight is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and text. Knight’s video and performance work have been viewed within several institutions, including Human Resources LA (Los Angeles), On the Boards (Seattle), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Studio Museum in Harlem, and, most recently, Abrons Art Center and The Kitchen (both in New York).



Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement-based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances “that are already there”–the social choreographies present in the everyday. Her choreographic projects have been presented at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Artspeak (Vancouver), Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Agora de la Danse (Montréal), Festival of New Dance (St. John’s), Mile Zero Dance Society (Edmonton), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Dance in Vancouver, The Western Front, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.



Western Front is one of Canada’s leading artist-run centres for contemporary art and new music. We produce and present visual art exhibitions, new music concerts and workshops, media art residencies, performance art and other artist-driven initiatives. Western Front currently maintains programs in Exhibitions, Media Art, and New Music, as well as an extensive archive of audio-visual materials. Through this diverse programming, we continue to be a crucial platform for interdisciplinary, experimental art practices in Canada and internationally.




9. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Franklin Furnace Fund

Deadline: April 8, 2021; City: New York CitY, USA: Source: Franklin Furnace


2020 is the 35th anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Fund. Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to early career artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York.


In the spring of 2008, Franklin Furnace combined the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and The Future of the Present programs into one, entitled the Franklin Furnace Fund. Franklin Furnace made the decision to combine these programs because during the last decade, artists have created works on every point of the spectrum between the body of the artist and the circulatory network of the Internet in the creation of temporal work.


The Franklin Furnace Fund is supported in 2021–22 by Jerome Foundation and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists selected by the panel are expected to present their work in New York City. Full-time students are ineligible.


Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. Every year the panel changes, as do the definitions of "early career artist" and "performance art." So, if at first you don't succeed, please try again.


Since 1985, the Fund has helped launch the careers of Jo Andres, Tanya Barfield, Jibz Cameron aka Dynasty Handbag, Lenora Champagne, Patty Chang, Papo Colo, Brody Condon, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Coco Fusco, Kate Gilmore, Pablo Helguera, Donna Henes, Murray Hill, Holly Hughes, Liz Magic Laser, Taylor Mac, Robbie McCauley, Jennifer Miller, Naeem Mohaiemen, Rashaad Newsome, Clifford Owens, Pope.L, Dread Scott, Pamela Sneed, Fiona Templeton and Diane Torr, among other fund recipients.


For more information about applying to The Franklin Furnace Fund, please read the GUIDELINES.




10. EVENT(s): PSi Constellate 2021

Date: Now–October 2021; Location: On-line; Source: PSi


Performance Studies international is excited to announce PSi CONSTELLATE 2021, a diverse and evolving program of 30+ offerings unfolding over the year. Activities begin as early as this week and extend into October.


Constellate provides a flexible framework for the wide range of activities emerging out of PSi’s many communities, such as the PSi Working Groups and the PSi Future Advisory Board (FAB), among other ad hoc and emerging clusters. The goal is to identify possible constellations of shared interest, opportunity and interaction. The majority of the events are open to all PSi members, and the curating Working Groups also eagerly welcome new members. Participation in all Constellate events requires PSi membership, which includes a pay-what-you-can option for 2021.


The online program will be updated and added to throughout the year. We encourage everyone to revisit it regularly, in order to keep up-to-date on some remarkable opportunities for connection and interaction, at a time when both have been in conspicuously short supply.





Dates: April 9 / 23 / May 14, 2021; Location: On-line: Source: Golboo Amani


PUSH.PULL: Intersection of QT BIPOC Cabaret and Performance Art is a six-month (December 2020 to May 2021) online series of interdisciplinary events examining emergent and intersectional developments in performance art and QT BIPOC cabaret. PUSH.PULL questions what is considered legitimate art and what is seen as entertainment, by highlighting QTBIPOC cabaret performers as artists at the intersections of live stage performance and radical political performativity. 


PUSH.PULL presents three online Showcases featuring performers from across North America. Each showcase offers a diverse range of contemporary practices reflecting the theatrical, political and emotional range and depth of cabaret performance. 


Get your FREE Tickets for all showcases: https://buddiesinbadtimes.com/



Friday April 9 / 9:00pm (EST)


BARE: A showcase of sensual exploration that reimagines and extorts the expectations of our own desires. Performances offering consensual and deliberate confrontations, challenging the idea of the submissive and passive nude. When skin is presented, when nudity is shown, who is vulnerable? Who is powerless? Featuring: Suki Tsunami, Lady Ore, Crocodile Lightning, Gay Jesus, Ivory, LAL



Friday April 23 / 9:00pm (EST)


TAUNT: A show that celebrates the power of seduction; of intentional sexuality. A thread of rage runs though burlesque. Burlesque is unapologetically rebellious, it is where the feminine, self-love, sexual agency and manipulation are performed without shame or explanation. It is a place and space where we can all misbehave together and where we are taunted by sexuality wielded like a weapon. Featuring: Betsy Swoon, Dolly Berlin, Johleen, Ravyn Wngz, Lucinda Miu, James Knott, Anasimone


Friday May 14 / 9:00pm (EST)


TOPPED: Cautions, titillates and teases. The cabaret is a feminized, glamourous and glittered, a holy and sacred place. Moving and living through expressions of sexuality in its full scope of dominance and assertion, the performer toys and plays with gender, power, laughter, vulnerability, and seduction. In cabaret, we have the audacity to believe that our bodies are important, invaluable, meaningful and worth listening to. Featuring: Imogen Quest, Babia Majora, Cara De Melo, Tanya Cheex, Cat Zaddy, Mikiki, Tygr Willy, Adrienne Huard


PUSH.PULL is curated by Dainty Smith and Golboo Amani

Presented in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Aluna Theatre

Sponsored by FADO Performance Art Centre

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council




12. EVENT: Out of Site / Flow Symposium

Date: April 22–May 9, 2021; Location: on-line; Source: Carron Little


Out of Site


Flow, embody • in site 

April 22–May 9, 2021


Out of Site is organizing an online public performance symposium to bring international public performance practitioners together with performance artists from around the globe to think about how we can facilitate healing and re-grounding in our local communities as we exit out of pandemic times. To check out the full program please visit: www.flowsymposium.org


Workshops will happen over three or four days and will be practice-based. Symposium attendees can opt in to present a live stream performance in week 3 and receive live stream training as part of the symposium. Attendees can also choose from a wide range of lectures to attend from international performance artists from around the globe. Workshops are limited to twenty spaces and after forty Ebb and Flow tickets are sold workshops will close and Steady Stream tickets will open for attendance to any lecture. For more information: www.twitch.tv/videos/966443009


Workshop Facilitators

Marilyn Arsem: Being in Place

Dimple B Shah: Negotiating Ritual

Calum Eccleston: Allusions

Kirsten Hershusius: In Situ

Carron Little: Live Streaming

Martine Viale: The Body and Public Space



Dimple B Shah (India)

Zhou Bin (China)

Denys Blacker (Spain/ U.K)

Amelia Charter (Los Angeles, USA)

Paul Couillard (Toronto, Canada)

Angelique Grandone (Chicago, USA)

Jennie Klein (Ohio, USA)

Natalie Loveless (Edmonton, Canada)

Isa Fontbona Mola (Girona, Spain)

Alastair MacLennan (Ireland/ Scotland)

Lucian O’Connor (California, USA)

Kathy O’Dell (Maryland, USA)

Laura Paolini (Ottawa, Canada)

Mitsu Salmon (Chicago, USA)

Brandon Sward (Chicago, USA)

Shelia Toledo (Switzerland/ Spain)

Martine Viale (Canada/ France)



Out of Site Chicago began in 2011 to organize unexpected encounters in urban contexts in Chicago to facilitate a dialogue with the public. In 2020, Out of Site moved our program online, facilitating collaborations with our artist community and training all the artists to live stream. Our focus has been to facilitate cultural conversations and we have continued this ethos as an integral part of all our programming this past year. Out of Site functions as a collective community of artists to support creativity and experimentation of public performance practices.




13. BIG SEEKING: LADA is looking for new leadership

Deadline to apply: April 26, 2021; Location: London, UK; Source: LADA


For the first time in our 21-year history, LADA is seeking new leadership to build on the legacy of our outgoing Director and Co-Founder, Lois Keidan, and create new, transformative visions for the future of LADA and for Live Art.
In the spirit of LADA and Live Art, we are inviting proposals from those who wish to do things differently. We are looking for bold and inspiring leaders who can generate radical new ideas and ways of working; who can advocate for those artists and practices historically underrepresented within Live Art; who can advance Live Art’s expanding frames of reference and parameters of practice; and who are committed to developing structures and processes to ensure that the agency of artists is central to LADA’s operations and programmes. 
We welcome applications from groups, partnerships, or individuals, including proposals for job shares, collectives, and collaborations between artists and arts workers. We are especially encouraging proposals for new leadership from applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
The deadline for applications is 12:00PM (noon) on Monday April 26. Full details on how to apply can be found in LADA'S recruitment pack
Please read our latest statement on organisational change before considering an application.




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 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 acknowledges that as settlers, we are not the first people to gather, live and work on the land where we currently operate and present our activities, currently referred to as the city of Toronto. In truth, Toronto's real name is tkaronto, meaning "place where trees stand in the water" and it is the traditional and unceded territory of many First Nations and peoples including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. We work and live here in the spirit of the traditional treaty—the Dish with One Spoon treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee—that binds and protects the land.

Artistic + Administrative Director
Shannon Cochrane

Board of Directors
Julian Higuerey Núñez, Chair
Jennifer Snider Cruise, Vice Chair
Cathy Gordon, Treasurer
Clayton Lee, Secretary
Francesco Gagliardi
Freya Björg Olafson

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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