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February 15, 2021

Call for Proposals: Performance Resolution(s)

It goes without saying that 2020 changed everything. (We resolve never to say, "it goes without saying" again.) The past year brought many changes to performance and live art practice. What happens to embodied practice when the bodies can’t be together irl? Events were cancelled and festivals postponed. With dizzying speed, we were compelled to bring performance to the tiny back-lit screen. Sometimes that worked and more often it didn’t. Without being able to gather in large groups, sometimes we leaned on old tricks (what performance artist doesn’t know what it’s like to perform in a half-empty theatre?) to shoehorn our work into the current context. More often than not, we stuck with the script—over producing and addicted to presentation.

But thankfully the new year brings with it fresh starts, new directions and an opportunity to reflect. We make promises in the form of new year’s resolutions—a private or public personal commitment to change. Most resolutions dissolve by the end of March, or sooner. If 2020 taught us anything, it taught us that transformation comes slowly. The real breakthroughs are still in the (social) distance, but a seed has been planted.

FADO is seeking proposals for Performance Resolution(s), our at-home residency series for winter/spring 2021. Performance Resolution(s) invites performance-based project proposals that engage with the theme of ‘resolution.'

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