FADO Performance Inc. (Performance Art Centre) is a non-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada.
FADO was established in 1993 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 recognize that performance art as a practice has multiple histories and encompasses various regional, cultural, political and aesthetic differences. FADO defines performance in relation to the root elements of the medium—time, space, the performer’s body and the relationship between performer and audience. We are most interested in works that are innovative in their use of one or more of these elements, including those that are multi-disciplinary. We focus on artists who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communicate provocative new images and new perspectives.
Artistic & Administrative Director (2007–current): Shannon Cochrane
2022 Board of Directors
Julian Higuerey Núñez (Chair)
Jennifer Snider Cruise (Vice Chair)
Cathy Gordon (Treasurer)
Clayton Lee (Secretary)
Freya Björg Olafson
Kate Barry, Rebecca Belmore, Reona Brass, Erin Brubacher, Chandra Bulucon, Simla Civelek, Erika DeFreitas, Tagny Duff, Randy Gledhill, Paige Gratland, Erika Hennebury, Berenicci Hershorn, Adam Herst, Ed Johnson, Germaine Koh, Risa Kusumoto, Serena Lee, Craig Leonard, Robert Luzar, Bernice Lyons-Page, Sandy McFadden, Keli Maksud, Nahed Mansour, Rodrigo Marti, Tanya Mars, Wanda Nanabush, Laura Nanni, Darren O’Donnell, Laura Paolini, Andrew J. Paterson, Pam Patterson, Coman Poon, Clive Robertson, Ginger Scott, Don Simmons, Lisa Deanne Smith, Cara Spooner, Maryam Taghavi, Susan Wolf, Lisa Visser.
Co-founder, Performance Art Curator (1993–2007): Paul Couillard
FADO’s activities are funded by The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and The Department of Canadian Heritage.