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Dariusz Fodczuk and Arti Grabowski
Polish Power Players/Tiny Therapeutic Theatre

polish power performance at Xpace

FADO February 20, 2009/Xspace

XPACE Cultural Theatre
58 Ossington Ave, Toronto

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present new solo live works from two of Europe's young, active and most sought-after performance artists. We give them the moniker of the Polish Power Players (PPP) as homage to the title of Dariusz Fodczuk's on-going performance series entitled Tiny Therapeutic Theatre (TTT).

Polish Power Players and Tiny Therapeutic Theatre. PPP/TTT. Seems straightforward enough. As you read this you imagine yourself understanding what you might see at this event. Don't be fooled. The titles are contradictions, sleight of hand, invocations. TTT is not tiny or therapeutic in a traditional sense. And it's not 'theatre', at all. It's inclusive, large, loud, and attempts to - metaphorically anyway - explode the theatre. Performance art as therapy...perhaps. Performance art as self aware, embracing, and helpful...absolutely.

The works presented by these two artists are gentle and abrasive, funny and disturbing, and combine rigorous action with engaged audience interaction. Come prepared for a whole new kind of performance theatre. Tiny Therapeutic Theatre.

Arti Grabowski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, where he obtained a Diploma (MA) with distinction of the Multimedia Department of Professor Antoni Porczak. He also holds a degree of the Universidad Castilla la Mancha in Cuenca, Spain. Currently he is a teaching assistant at the Department of Intermedia - Studio of Performance art run by Professor Artur Tajber. He is one of the most appreciated performance artists of his generation. In 10 years of his artistic activity he realized over a hundred of actions which can be described as strong and energetic and humorous, with an eye towards thoughtful criticism. His work has been included in many of the most established performance art, theatre and video art festivals across Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Dariusz Fodczuk works in painting, sculpture and performance. Fodczuk's performances and other works have been presented in over 100 individual and group shows in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, France, Canada and the USA, among others. He has participated in all major presentations and festivals of Performance Art in Poland, and is one of Poland's young and active performance art scene. He is also the curator of Interakcje International Festival of Performance Art based in Bielsko-Biala.

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