On the Table Off the Table by Sue Murad
On the Table Off the Table

A performance series for the start of times

Put together by Shannon Cochrane and Francesco Gagliardi

Cara Spooner (Toronto)
Claudia Edwards (Toronto)
Jehan Roberson (USA)
Joe Culpepper (USA)
Mani Mazinani (Toronto)
Marcin Kedzior (Toronto)
Mathieu Lacroix (Montréal)
Nadège Grebmeier Forget (Montréal)
Sue Murad (USA)
Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Toronto)

PLUS limited-edition placemats designed by Lisa Kiss, with drawings by Hazel Meyer.

On the Table Off the Table is a series of commissioned performance works engaging with the table as context, stage, and trope. Aspiring to aesthetic neutrality or demanding attention as a chosen object, the table reappears throughout the history of performance, at times taking center stage, at other times hiding in plain sight.

For this series, artists working at the confluence of performance art and a range of diverse practices‚ÄĒfrom writing to dance, from sound to magic‚ÄĒwill create live work in conversation with performance traditions about, around, and on tables.

FADO Performance Art Centre‚Äôs first post(?)-pandemic live series, On the Table Off the Table also intends to provide artists and audiences with an opportunity to re-learn together how to inhabit the space of public presentation, rediscovering the solitary workstation as a place of gathering and play.


  • There will be 1‚Äď2 performances each evening.
  • Doors will open at listed times. Performances will start 30 minutes later.
  • Mask-wearing for audience is mandatory in the performance space. Exemptions respected.
  • Performers will not necessarily be masked while performing.
  • Accessible washrooms are located on the 4th floor.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks will be served, please eat your dinner before arriving.

Free. All welcome. Tell us you will be attending. Register on Eventbrite.

September 23 @ 7:00pm: Cara Spooner, Vanessa Dion Fletcher
September 24 @ 7:00pm: Joe Culpepper & Marcin Kedzior, Claudia Edwards
September 29 @ 7:00pm: Sue Murad, Mathieu Lacroix
September 30 @ 7:00pm: Mani Mazinani, Nadège Grebmeier Forget
October 1 @ 5:00pm: Jehan Roberson

Jehan Roberson’s performance is co-presented by Hemispheric Encounters, a partnership project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Sue Murad

Image: © Sue Murad, Derek Bok Center, Harvard University, 2022. Photo courtesy of the artist.

b. 1974, USA

Sue Murad is a Boston-based artist working in performance, installation, sculpture, collage, and film. Her exploratory practice centers around an intuitive, physical study of her surroundings, disregarding notions of usefulness, common meaning, and prescribed narratives. Select awards and invitations include a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow in Choreography; a year-long performance residency awarded through the U.S National Parks Service; a collaborative film project for the ICA Boston‚Äôs First Fridays; performing at the 7a 11d* International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto); and a film screening at the Krafta Doc International Artmaking Film Festival (Glasgow). Long term collaborations include partnering with Reciprocity Collaborative on projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Jacob‚Äôs Pillow, Old North Church, and four years performing as a member of the pop-synth band, U.V Protection. Sue was born in New Hampshire and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Whenever possible, she looks for opportunities to travel.

Sue Murad responds to culture through an intuitive, sensory engagement with everyday objects, often in the public or private places they inhabit. Through a combination of attention, study, and play, she may alter, arrange, and choreograph a subject, or set up situations where change and chance happen without direct contact, such as a subject melting, falling, or sliding. She is drawn to both semblance and difference, and the strange and surreal synthesis that can occur with comparison and contrast. Disregarding notions of usefulness, common meaning, and prescribed narratives, these formal and philosophical explorations feed her interdisciplinary practice of performance, installation, sculpture, collage, and film. 

Artist Orange

Just as a performance artist uses their body as their medium, this is a fragrance composed entirely of the orange tree: fruit, leaves, bark, roots, and flowers. Artist Orange performs itself.

Top Notes

neroli, blood orange

Middle Notes

fresh orange juice, petit grain

Base Notes

orange twig, orange seed