FADO E-LIST (June 2007)

FADO E-LIST (June 2007)


2. FADO EVENT: Territoires de langue
June 17 - 30, 2007
Deadline: July 6, 2007
4. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "HATCH" Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
Deadline:June 11, 2007; Source: The RED Letter May 2007
5. REQUEST FOR INPUT: Canada Council for the Arts strategic plan (Canada)
Deadline: June 15, 2007; Source: Canada Council for the Arts
6. CALL FOR ARTISTS: "MADRID ABIERTO 2008" Fundación Altadis (Spain)
Deadline: June 15, 2007; Source: ARTSERVIS #233
7. RESIDENCY: Couvent des Recolletes (France)
Deadline: June 15, 2007; Source: ARTSERVIS #235
8. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: A Space Gallery (Toronto)
Deadline: June 15, 2007; Source: A Space
Deadline:June 22, 2007; Source: Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation
10. JOB VACANCY: Head of the Visual Arts Section, Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa)
Deadline: June 27, 2007; Source: Canada Council for the Arts
Deadline: June 29, 2007; Source: Franklin Furnace
12. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: a-m-b-e_r’07, body-process arts festival (Turkey)
Deadline: June 30, 2007; Source: ARTSERVIS #234
13. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Collision Festival (UK)
Deadline:June 30, 2007; Source: Artsadmin E-digest #268
Deadline:June 30, 2007; Source: FUSE magazine
15. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE: "Collecting Loss: Weaving Threads of Memory" (Toronto)
Deadline: June 30, 2007; Source: Karen Haffey
16. WORKSHOP: "Port Performance in Berlin" (Germany)
Deadline:July 4, 2007; Source:Port Performance
17. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "openEPAF 2007" (Poland)
Deadline:July 6, 2007; Source:Waldemar Tatarczuk
18. CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Avant-Garde Dating (Germany)
Deadline: July 15, 2007; Source: ARTSERVIS #234
19. WORKSHOP: IPAH Performance Art summercamp (Germany)
Deadline: not given, Workshop dates: July 15-21, 2007; Source: performance_art_network
20. CALL FOR LECTURES: "You're not as green as you are cabbage looking" (USA)
Deadline: July 20, 2007; Source: Fereshteh Toosi
21. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2008 Images Festival (Toronto)
Deadline: July 27, 2007; Source: Images Festival Newsletter
22. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury)
Deadline: July 31, 2007; Source: Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
Deadline: August 1, 2007; Source: Franklin Furnace
24. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (PUBLICATION): Locus Suspectus Magazine (Edmonton)
Deadline: August 1, 2007; Source: Locus Suspectus Magazine
25. ALL FOR ARTISTS: VITAL 07, International Chinese Live Art Festival (UK)
Deadline: August 17, 2007; Source: on the move Newsflash 05/2007
26. CALL FOR PAPERS: "FEAR II" esse arts + opinions No. 62 (Montreal)
Deadline: September 1, 2007; Source: esse arts + opinions
27. CALL FOR PAPERS: "Mutual Actions" esse arts + opinions 63 (Montreal)
Deadline: January 10, 2008; Source: esse arts + opinions
28. RESIDENCY: ComPeung (Thailand)
Deadline: not given; Source: performance_art_network
29. NEWS: Catalogues now available online: INTERAKCJE (Poland)
Source: IAPAO
30. NEWS: Useful links re Japanese contemporary art (Japan)
Source: performance_art_network
31. EVENT: "THEN + THEN AGAIN" Vtape (Toronto)
Dates: June 8 - July 14, 200 ; Source: Vtape
32. EVENT: Performance Creation Canada (Ottawa)
Dates: June 12 - 16, 2007; Source: Performance Creation Canada


Fado is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Artistic and Administrative Director, Shannon Cochrane. Shannon takes over from founding member and outgoing Performance Art Curator Paul Couillard. Paul notes, "It gives me great pleasure to see Fado continue to thrive as a healthy, artist-driven organization. I have chosen to leave now because I feel the organization is in a vibrant phase with a solid base and strong leadership. I look forward to Fado's continued development, and to the fresh vision and energy that Shannon will bring as an employee."

For many Fado fans, Shannon's name is no doubt familiar. A Toronto-based artist and performer, her work has been presented in performance art events, in galleries big and small, and in theatre festivals throughout Toronto, in Kingston, Montréal, Halifax, Switzerland, UK, USA, Poland, Chile and Germany. Shannon is a founding member of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (since 1997), and most recently served as the Development Coordinator at the Images Festival of Film, Video and New Media. Shannon has been extremely active in the local and national arts community serving on the Board of Directors of various artist-run organizations in Toronto (Fado, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, and neighbourhood arts groups like REHAB: Parkdale Film + Video Festival).

Shannon has recently completed a two-year series of performances called 100 People Performance. 100 People Performance is 5-act performance art play that presents projects, objects and possibilities designed for, and executed by, an audience of exactly 100 people. This is achieved through lecture, demonstration and instruction. 100 People Performance takes inspiration from Fluxus and the Guinness book of World Records in equal measures. 100 People Performance is a self-organizing system, part game etiquette and part cottage science alchemy. Singling out is not valued at 100 People Performance because the whole of the pattern is always greater than the sum of its parts. The focus of this work is to create and then facilitate a cooperative group atmosphere that directly acknowledges the audience as the experienced image-maker, using simple phenomenon and activities as the springboard.

In conjunction with the change of employees, Fado is also undergoing other shifts. While it will take a few weeks to fully settle in, Fado is opening a public office space in Toronto's 401 Richmond St. W. complex, alongside the Images Festival headquarters on the fourth floor. Take note of Fado's new office and mailing address, effective immediately:

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 448
Toronto. Ontario
Canada M5V 3A8
For now our phone number and email information remain unchanged.

We are proud to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation in helping to make this move possible. The Foundation awarded Fado $15,000 through its Small Capital Grants program to purchase a new computer station as well as video and still cameras for documenting our events. Until now, the organization has been reliant on a donated office and volunteer and donated equipment.

These kinds of major changes don't come about without a lot of planning and hard work. The transition process began over a year ago, when Fado's Board of Directors undertook a strategic planning process with the assistance of consultant Judy Wolfe. The consultation process, made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts' Flying Squad program, and the Ontario Arts Council's Compass program, allowed the Board to draw up a coherent succession plan as well as to examine the organization's strengths and weaknesses. Through this process, the Board has affirmed its commitment to Fado's mandate as a producer and presenter of performance art, and identified a desire to expand and improve the accessibility of our archive of performance art documentation. The Board has put together a medium-range plan for maintaining the financial health of the organization, placing greater emphasis on documenting our activities, and improving access to our archives. Now that the succession plan has been successfully implemented, we look forward to moving forward with the next phase of our plans.

As always, Fado continues to program interesting and challenging events. Fado kicks off our sumemr season with Territoires de langue, a co-production with Sudbury's Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO).

Also, emerging local artists will be interested in our latest call for submissions. The next installment of Fado's ongoing Emerging Artists series, curated by former Fado Board member Erika DeFreitas, will involve projects exploring relational practices. This project brings a new dynamic to the Emerging Artist series, as each project will involve a collaboration with a senior or established performance artist.

Happy summer!

2. FADO EVENT: Territoires de langue
June 17 - 30, 2007

Fado presents
Featuring Colette Jacques, Suzanne Joly, Stefan St-Laurent,
Les Deux Gullivers (Besnik & Flutura Haxhillari)
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 8 pm
@ Toronto Free Gallery, 660 Queen St. E.
Co-sponsored by La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and Toronto Free Gallery

Toronto... Fado, in collaboration with La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and the Toronto Free Gallery is pleased to present Territoires de langue. For this project, 5 francophone artists have been invited to undertake interventions that respond to the question: To what extent does language determine experience? The artists will work in two distinct environments, Toronto and Sudbury, spending a week in each location engaging in street actions and public "manoeuvres". Join us on June 23 at the Toronto Free Gallery for a bilingual public presentation in which the artists will share the results of their Toronto research through performances and discussions.

Curator Paul Couillard writes:

"Does each of us have a 'place', a spot where we belong? When we enter space, do we become a part of that space, or do we simply confirm our irresistible, insurmountable isolation? To what extent do we become place by being in place? To what extent does a place, by containing us, become us? What does it mean when we bring particular languages to particular surroundings? To what extent does language determine experience? Is the Francophone 'Nouvel-Ontario' different from the Anglophone 'Northern Ontario', for example? Does language cut across regional difference? Can it transcend the divide between a large urban centre like Toronto and a more rural northern community like Sudbury?

"Performance gestures offer the potential for psychic (that is, emotional, psychological and spiritual) affect, as well as social and physical effect. For this series, five French-language artists will develop site-specific performance gestures for both Toronto and Sudbury, using tactics that explore the idea of 'putting in place'. These gestures – whether or not they utilize spoken word – constitute forms of language, ones that are no doubt inflected by the artists' native tongue. How translatable will these gestures be? How will these artists use the language of performance to make space for themselves, to 'belong'?"

About the artists

Colette Jacques

Based in the northern community of Larder Lake, Colette Jacques creates installation and performance works for both gallery and outdoor settings. For the past several years, Colette Jacques’ artistic expression has focused on her aboriginal heritage, which is deeply anchored in Mother Earth and guided by the Great Spirit that is the spirit of sharing, encounters, and love. The artist’s Native roots are evident in her work, whether appearing on the streets of New York City as "Wolf Man" (Homme loup) or offering up a "Cry of the earth" (Cri de la terre) in Brazil.

"Colette Jacques’ performance, with its obsessively recurring sounds and free flowing movements, is hypnotic and leads to a profound spiritual and artistic experience." – from a description of the work she created for the residency project "Parallaxe", a project of the Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF).

Suzanne Joly

Suzanne Joly lives in the region of Lanaudière, situated north of Montreal. She has been making performances since 1989, and was involved for many years with the artist-run centre Ateliers convertibles. Her practice is concerned with questions of relationship to place and community, using the suburban territory and its particularities as raw material. Her work evolved from an early interest in visual prostheses made from recycled materials and everyday objects to a sustained focus on the use of sound. Recently the phenomenon of urban sprawl and its impact on the soundscape of lake areas has been of particular concern. In 2006, her performance Ça monte du marais  (It rises from the swamp), presented after a spring spent gathering the sounds of marsh frogs, was presented at the Musée d’art de Joliette.

"While the spirit of my early sound work related to the artistic current of sound poetry, my attention shifted to the 'value added' to presence by resonances.... It is not a question of standing before the landscape, but rather, of being within it, to learn from listening and to find an 'agreement'."

Stefan St-Laurent

Born in Moncton, Stefan St-Laurent lives in Ottawa and works as the co-artistic director of Galerie SAW Gallery. His performance work, photography and videos have been exhibited in France, Sweden, Russia and China, among numerous other counties. His curatorial projects have been exhibited at venues such as the Lux Centre (London), Les rencontres internationals Vidéo Art Plastique (Hirouville, France), and the Cinémathèque Québécois (Montreal). He has been a programmer for the Images Festival of Independent Film & Video, Vtape, and the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton).

Of his performance work, Stefan St-Laurent says, "I try to engage viewers in a direct way, inciting true emotions. I have observed very positive reactions to my work, confirming that viewers may be looking for an honest relationship with art and artists."

The Two Gullivers (Flutura & Besnik Haxhillari)

Flutura and Besnik Haxhillari are an artist-couple originally from Albania and currently living in Montréal. In 1997 they began calling themselves "The Two Gullivers" in reference to their nomadic trajectory across Europe. Their work has been exhibited and performed throughout Canada and Europe including The Second Beijing International Art Biennale (2005), Colours of Albania in the World at the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana (2004) and the 48th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (1999).

"As an artist couple, as a family, as individuals, we attempt to represent ourselves in a world moving at the speed of information and communication technologies, in a world that constantly redefines the body. We try to produce a work, which through different modes of expression, might activate the space between ourselves and the public, making it an intellectual and physical stimulant between the imaginary and the real, a path that can be followed in different ways, in fiction or reality, offering others the power to feel both here and elsewhere. Art proposes identities to us, and identities enable us to live life otherwise."

Deadline: July 6, 2007

Fado announces
Vivencia Poetica (EMERGING ARTISTS SERIES 2007-08 season)
Curated by Erika DeFreitas

Toronto... Fado announces a regional call for submissions for its 2007-08 Emerging Artist series, tentatively titled Vivencia Poetica. Fado Performance Inc. is a non-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto. Our goal is to provide a stable, ongoing, supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art.

Curator Erika DeFreitas explains:

"The premise for this installment of the series requires an emerging and senior performance artist [TBA] to collaborate jointly, and in turn with participants within the space in which they work/present.

"I am interested in the relational aspects within the collaborative process between artists, and how it specifically pertains to questions of authorship, communication, tension, and pedagogy. My interest lies in the way that this collaborative process informs the one that would take place with the audience and/or participants. I believe that the initial collaboration between a senior artist and emerging artist, both whose work is relational in nature, could potentially provide insight to the contrasts between relational artists from different generations.

"Additionally, I am interested in the documentation of the process and of the works themselves. Inextricably linked with documentation as problematic is the concept of the archive. I propose for this project that the documentation of both the collaboration between artists and the art works created are not documented with the use of photography, but through alternative modes such as audio recordings of the participant/viewer’s memory of the actions taking place and the overall experience. The audio recordings will be transcribed and the documentation of the events will be made available as a textual publication and CD recording.

"Because of the nature of this exhibition, it would entail coming to an agreement with your collaborator as to the amount of time and type(s) of communication you both would need to engage in to complete your performance. The location for the exhibition of each work will vary due to the projects proposed."

Three emerging artists and/or artist collectives will be chosen to participate. Projects will be presented in October/November 2007.

Please note that this is a regional call; there are no travel/accommodation funds available.

An artist fee of $1000.00 will be offered to each artist/artist collective.

Submissions must include:
- a C.V
- a statement describing your practice
- an explanation as to why such a collaboration would enrich your practice, how it will fit into your current artistic practice, and what you would contribute to this experience
- documentation of previous work [CD-ROM with a maximum of 20 jpeg images and/or a 10minute video]
- a descriptive list for your images
- any written documentation to accompany your images

E-mail submissions will NOT be accepted

Only submissions with self-addressed stamped envelope or funds to cover shipping and packaging costs will be returned

Send proposals to:

Erika DeFreitas
56 Frank Faubert Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M1C 5H7

Any questions can be sent to defreitas.erika@gmail.com


4. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "HATCH" Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
Deadline:June 11, 2007; Source: The RED Letter May 2007

Harbourfront Centre is currently seeking proposals from Toronto-area artists and companies working in the field of performance for HATCH: emerging performance projects for the 2007/2008 series. Now heading into its fifth year, HATCH: emerging performance projects is designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in the local theatre and performance scene. The programme has quickly become an important element in the ecology of local performance development.

Companies and artists participating in HATCH will receive a one-week residency in the Studio Theatre, located at Harbourfront Centre. NEW this year! All 4 residency periods will be clustered in the spring of 2008.

The residency package includes:

One week (Monday - Sunday), rent-free in the Studio Theatre;

Professional development and guidance in production and presentation - from marketing to international touring - through consultation with Harbourfront Centre's professional staff;

Production subsidy designed to cover basic production costs during residency;

Inclusion in marketing and media relations campaigns.

We welcome proposals from emerging artists, as well as from more established artists engaging in new collaborations or entering into new artistic territory. We encourage performance projects originating within theatre, dance or interdisciplinary performance. We are particularly interested in proposals that can demonstrate how HATCH will be of benefit to the project or the artist at this particular point in development.

Please see the full application package for more detailed information, available online at