Performance Academy 3 with Cindy Baker

Saturday / Dec 16 / 17
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Commons @ 401 Richmond
401 Richmond Street West, suite 440, Toronto

Presented in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability
Cindy Baker

[Image Description: A photograph that of a close up of the artist, Cindy Baker, laying on her stomach on a small mattress on the floor of a glass-walled gallery. Her face is pointed towards the camera, eyes closed and she is embracing a blue and white comforter. Photo by Henry Chan.]



Performance: Academy 3 with CINDY BAKER


FADO Performance Art Centre's newest recurring performance series, Performance: Academy, takes on the abstract form of a school, a university, a workshop, a class or a course, in the form of our own homemade academy. Performance: Academy is not a workshop and it’s not a school either. It's best understood as a public engagement opportunity with an artist who is invested in inverting notions of authority in practice, research, and pedagogy.


In partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, FADO welcomes Cindy Baker to Performance: Academy for a one-time engagement on December 16 in conjunction with "Home: Body", a performance series presented by Tangled Art + Disability. For information on this series, please visit http://tangledarts.org


Saturday, December 16, 2017


The Commons @ 401
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 440 (fourth floor), Toronto
Admission is FREE.
Snacks will be provided.
ASL interpretation and attendant care provided.
This academy is open to all participants of all levels of study and/or experience, including the just plain curious. 
For more information about the event or for accessibility concerns, please email us at: info@performanceart.ca



Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists, to cultivate Deaf, Mad and disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.



Home: Body

Alberta-based Cindy Baker develops a new iteration of her noted performance work "Crash Pad”, within the confines of the gallery space. Crash Pad centralizes the artist’s “failing,” disabled, or otherwise socially taboo body as a part of the work. Central to the performance is a large sculptural object, which functions as a bed, modeled after a single-pill blister pack. The precarious balance offered by the pseudo-resting place in this quiet performance exaggerates the difficulty in going to bed and getting up, and the unease of finding a comfortable resting position.


December 14 and 15, 2017


Tangled Art + Disability, 401 Richmond Street West, suite 122, Toronto



ABOUT Performance: Academy

Performance: Academy is a platform in which artists constitute their own school of learning–performing pedagogy–for an audience in the form of peer-to-peer academia, where self-organizing and personal experience as knowledge is valued over institutionalized frameworks. Artists, writers and creative thinkers from the performance art milieu as well as adjacent practices such as curation, social practice, film/video and more, develop and offer mini-courses (of 3 or more sessions dissmeinted over several weeks) presenting ideas and covering a range of topics and  that each facilitator is already an expert in (however one might define "expert"). A workshop in the form of a performance; a performance in the form of a school.


Through a sustained commitment to collective learning, Performance: Academy transforms the concept of a course into a group performance. 


Performance: Academy 1



September 2017


Performance: Academy 2
Performing the Critique

Dino Dinco

October 2017

Performance: Academy 3

Cindy Baker

December 2017


Performance: Academy 4

Moynan King

January 2018

**Details announced in December 2017



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