As a proposition for a performance or the framework for an actual book club, FADO’s Performance Club series redefines the historical and contemporary performance art canon, one book club, and one book, article, essay, or anthology at a time. Invited artists perform the role of book club facilitators, leading the audience through a performance of a reading, a reading performance, a performance about a book, or a bookish performance. This series is on-going. Sometimes we pick the book and invite an artist; sometimes we invite an artist and they pick a book. Just like a real book club, we ask the audience to read the suggested material before coming to the performance. But don’t worry, just like a real book club, no one ever does.
Performance Club 1: Queer/Play
Edited by Moynan King
Performance by Moe Angelos
December 14–15, 2017
Performance Club 2: Valley of the Dolls
Performed by Keith Cole
January 20–February 20, 2018
Performance Club 3: 9Questions, an artist project by Gustaf Broms
That time we made our own book, 2018
Performance Club 4: Book Club: snowflakes in the echo chamber
Performed by Moe Angelos
September 10, 2019
Performance Club 5: The Talking Grave
Performed by Hope Thompson
September 12, 2019
Performance Club 6: Art Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, subtitle; Does This Giacometti Make Me Look Fat?
Performed by David Bateman
September 19, 2019
Art Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, subtitle; Does This Giacometti Make Me Look Fat? by David Bateman
Performance Club 6 looks the famous phrase from Love Story (1970), “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” and its indirect connection to the General Idea sculptures.
The Talking Grave by Hope Thompson
In Performance Club 5, Hope Thompson embarks on an in-depth interview with famed noir writer Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968).
Book Club: snowflakes in the echo chamber by Moe Angelos
Join us for Performance Club 4, one year after Queer/Play was published; one year after Ellie, Audrey, Jasmine, Stacy and Moe read it in their book club; and one long year on our journey ever deeper into the Offendocene, the epoch of being outraged.
Valley of the Dolls by Keith Cole
You’re got to climb to the top of Mount Everest to see the Valley of the Dolls, and you’re invited to take this journey with Toronto’s very own performance provocateur Keith Cole in Performance Club 2.
BOOKS & OTHER EPHEMERA
Golden Book 6: Performance Club; The Syllabus
The sixth in the Golden Book series and essential reading for Performance Clubs #4, #5 and #6.
9Questions, an artist project by Gustaf Broms
For Broms, these nine are the essential questions. The responses collected are as diverse and wide-ranging as the artists and their own approaches, from the practical, to the abstract to the simply far-flung, in addition to some reassuring and surprising overlapping ideas and connections.