FADO Performance Art Centre (Fado Performance Inc.) is a non-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada.
FADO began in 1993 as a non-profit collective of performance artists. The organization was officially incorporated as an artist-run centre in January 2001 under the care of founder Paul Couillard. Our activities include presenting performances, artist talks, festivals, residencies, exchanges and workshops, as well as publishing in a variety of formats, including video. Support comes from self-generated revenue and a variety of private and public sources, including arts councils, foundations and co-sponsorships with other organizations.
Artistic Role and Policy
FADO was established 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 recognize that performance art as a practice has multiple histories and encompasses various regional, cultural, political and aesthetic differences. Fado defines performance in relation to the root elements of the medium -- time, space, the performer's body and the relationship between performer and audience. We are most interested in works that are innovative in their use of one or more of these elements, including those that are multi-disciplinary. We focus on artists who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communicate provocative new images and new perspectives.
We showcase the work of Canadian and international performance artists, presenting high-quality events featuring artists at all stages of their careers from varied backgrounds within carefully considered curatorial contexts. We further general knowledge and critical perspectives toward performance art by creating opportunities for local artists and audiences to view works by artists from other regions and countries. We also sponsor residencies, workshops, artist talks, symposia, publications, exchanges or other projects that enhance understanding, encourage dialogue, provide new skills and experience, and expand performance opportunities for Canadian performance artists. We offer audiences new approaches to observing and participating in performance art events, often animating and contextualizing events through publications, talks etc. We have also prioritized developing relationships with other venues, organizations and communities.
Our projects are often national or international in scope. We are interested in networking, information sharing, and helping to develop a strong national network of performance art presenters.
FADO does not operate a presentation venue because this would limit the kinds of projects it could produce. Presentation space is secured on a project-by-project basis, depending on the needs of the individual project.
Our offices are located at 401 Richmond Street West in downtown Toronto, in the heart of a vibrant artist-centric historic building where we are lucky enough to be surrounded by artists, studios, artist-run centres and galleries.