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FADO Performance Art Centre presents


Escapist Action: Performance in Recession
November 23 – 29, 2009


InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
 
Curated by Don Simmons
 
Daily media reports bombard us with the reality of the current worldwide economic situation. We are in the midst of a recession. Businesses are failing and offering discount prices on everything in the store, the stock market is volatile, companies are looking for bailouts, and government agencies are giving away bloated stimulation packages. Despite these tough economic times, some businesses are experiencing a boom. Alcohol sales are up; Hollywood movies are experiencing a surge in attendance and theatres are reporting a rise in audience numbers. During tough economic times, art relating to escapism prospers.
 
Escapist Action: Performance in Recession is a weeklong series of performance events that investigate personal and public economics by offering the audience alternative methods of exchange. The series culminates in three evening programs: Black Friday, Red Flag Saturday, and Grey Cup Sunday. These programs investigate the mixed emotions evoked by the volatile economic market with live performances that navigate fear, despair, laughter, and hope. The audience is transported from the dark emotions of Black Friday through the humour of Red Flag Saturday, arriving at celebratory Grey Cup Sunday!
 
Co-presented by InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre.

ARTISTS
John G. Boehme (Victoria)
Joanne Bristol (Winnipeg)
David Frankovich (Toronto)
Tomas Jonsson (Calgary)
Rodolphe-Yves Lapointe (Montreal)
Julian Higuerey Núñez (Venezuela)
Ignacio Peréz Peréz (Venezuela)
Claudia Wittmann (Toronto).
 
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FULL SCHEDULE DETAILS:
www.performanceart.ca

BLACK FRIDAY @ 8PM:
Performances from Joanne Bristol, Claudia Wittmann, Roldophe-Yves Lapointe, Julian Higuerey Núñez and Ignacio Pérez Pérez

RED FLAG SATURDAY @ 8PM:
Performances from Tom Jonsson, John Boehme, Joanne Bristol, Julian Higuerey Núñez and Ignacio Pérez Pérez

GREY CUP SUNDAY @ 6PM:
Grey Cup Party by David Frankovich

And more!
November 23, 2-9PM: Open Barter Market by Julian Higuerey Núñez & Ignacio Pérez Pérez
November 24 – 29, 9AM-9PM: The Artist and the Beanstalk by Julian Higuerey Núñez & Ignacio Pérez Pérez
November 27, 1-4PM:
Association for Imaginary Architecture by Joanne Bristol
November 28, 1-10PM: Magpie by Tom Jonsson

See our website for full details, project descriptions and artist bios.


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About FADO

Established in 1993, FADO Performance Inc. (Performance Art Centre) is a not-for-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada. FADO exists 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 present the work of local, national and international artists who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communicate provocative new images and new perspectives. FADO is grateful for the generous support of our funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Department of Canadian Heritage.
 
FADO is grateful for the generous support of our funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Department of Canadian Heritage. We would also like to thank InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre for their support and contributions hosting and presenting this event.

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