International Visiting Artists: Poland (2009)

February 20, 2009XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto8:00 pm

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present new solo live works from two of Poland’s most exciting, engaging and surprising performance artists, Dariusz Fodczuk and Arti Grabowski. We give them the moniker of the Polish Power Players as homage to the title of Dariusz Fodczuk’s on-going performance series entitled Tiny Therapeutic Theatre.

Polish Power Players and Tiny Therapeutic Theatre. Seems straightforward enough. As you read this you imagine yourself understanding what you might see at this event. Don’t be fooled. The titles are full of contradictions. Tiny Therapeutic Theatre is not tiny or therapeutic in a traditional sense. And it’s not ‘theatre’ at all. It’s large, loud, and attempts to—metaphorically—explode the theatre. Performance art as therapy… perhaps. Performance art as self-aware, embracing, and helpful… absolutely. The works presented by these two artists are gentle and abrasive, funny and disturbing, and combine rigorous action with engaged audience interaction. Come prepared for a whole new kind of theatre.

© Dariusz Fodczuk, Tiny Therapeutic Theatre, 2009. Photo Miklos Legrady.







Books & Ephemera

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer