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The Ballad of _______ B

Francisco-Fernando Granados

Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 8pm | Studio Theatre

About the Performance

The Ballad of _______ B is a performance installation for the stage that explores the queerness of the imagination through experiences and language in exile.

The performance is conceived as a character study of _______ B, a once "clean-cut, fresh-faced 18-year-old" refugee whose story appears as a vocabulary lesson in the pages of an instructional ESL book. Loosely based on an interview given by the artist as a teenager to a Vancouver newspaper, _______ B's story is told through his obsession with Maria Callas and the tragic lovers she played on stage. Anne Boleyn and Medea weave together with Callas through readymade texts that include online chats, interviews and film dialogues to create a series of richly visual and immersive installation.

This work marks a radical departure for artist Francisco-Fernando Granados, from action-based, conceptual approaches to experimental explorations that incorporate digital media, narrative and recitation.

The Ballad of _______ B
Created and performed by Francisco-Fernando Granados

Collaborators and performers:
Manolo Lugo
Maryam Taghavi

Collaborating Lighting Design Director: Andy Moro

Toronto Arts CouncilOntario Arts Council

About the Artist

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Guatemalan-born, Toronto-based artist, writer and educator working in performance, video, drawing, cultural criticism, teaching and curatorial practice. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and artist-run centres including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Darling Foundry in Montreal, Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, Kulturhuset Stockholm and the Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts in Helsinki. Recent projects in Toronto include performances at Katzman Contemporary for the Canadian Art Gallery Hop, the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, and a performance lecture for The Power Plantís Sunday Scene speaker series.

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