Since 2000, FADO has been celebrating Canada’s senior performance artists with this multi-faceted series. Featured artists are asked to create a major new work, which is followed by a (text and video) publication documenting the artist’s history in performance. The series curator and publication editor is Paul Couillard.
Canadian Performance Art Legends has honoured:
Cleaning and Loving It (performance, 2000)
La Dragu: The Living Art of Margaret Dragu (publication, 2002)
Tyranny of Bliss (performance, 2004)
From Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Work of Tanya Mars (publication, 2009)
The Route to Rosa (performance, 2006)
Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, Manoeuvres and Other Hypotheses for Disappearing (publication, 2014)
The Route to Rosa by Alain-Martin Richard
The Route to Rosa is a subjective and ever-changing portrait of the city, in which the artist, a stranger, encounters ethnically diverse inhabitants, using people’s hands as a starting point.
Tyranny of Bliss by Tanya Mars
Inspired by a variety of sources ranging from the 14th Century frescoes of Ambrogio Lorenzetti on the Effects of Good and Bad Government to Fellini’s Satyricon, Tanya Mars constructs a modern day social satire with a cast of 30 performers.
An Interview with Margaret Dragu
FADO archive resident Jordan King interviews Margaret Dragu about archiving, parades, the domestic, and her 2000 performance Cleaning and Loving It. This interview is one in a series of three interviews by Jordan Beley with select artists about their work at FADO and the archive.
BOOKS & OTHER EPHEMERA
Alain-Martin Richard: Performances, Manoeuvres and Other Hypotheses for Disappearing
Dive into the unique creative journey of artist Alain-Martin Richard with the launch of an impressive new bilingual monograph. This book provides a comprehensive picture of Richard’s career and practice, from his theatrical experiments of the 1970s to his global “manoeuvres” in the 2000s.
From Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya Mars
Anthology of Tanya Mars’ body of work, published in 2009, featuring essays, photos, and DVD with video documentation.