MONOMYTHS February 15-19

MM_symbol_yellow_bkgrdThe final instalment of FADO’s epic MONOMYTHS series at The Theatre Centre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. With performances by Serena Lee (Toronto), claude wittmann (Toronto), Nao Bustamante (USA), Staceyann Chin (USA), and Tanya Mars (Toronto).  Details here.

Notes on Myth-Making

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By Alison Cooley and Daniella Sanader

C magazine

Summer 2016

“MONOMYTHS, a performance series structured around Joseph Campbell’s text The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), launched at Toronto’s Theatre Centre in February of this year, as the beginning of FADO Performance Art Centre’s year-long program. Campbell’s concept of the “mono- myth” – the so-called universal hero’s quest that has informed a seemingly global array of myths, beliefs and stories – sees the archetypal figure enacting his journey in seventeen stages across three distinct acts (Departure, Initiation and Return). With this singular narrative as a guiding principle, curators Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane enlisted artists from across Canada, the United States and Mexico, revising the heroic structure with a decidedly anti-linear approach. Each performance represented a stage from the first act of the hero’s journey, refusing the narrative’s reductive authority by enacting alternative (and deeply politicized) modes of storytelling.”

FADO presents Pulse by Mary Coble

FADO Performance Art Centre presents
Pulse by Mary Coble
September 15–25, 2016
Nightly performance after sunset
Ontario Place, Toronto

FADO Performance Art Centre presents Pulse, a new performance by Mary Coble (USA/Sweden), in the context of in/future: a transformative art experience, a multidisciplinary arts and music festival presented by Art Spin and Small World Music.

In Pulse, the artist climbs to the top of the iconic Cinesphere structure on Ontario Place’s west island each night in order to repurpose it into a beacon of resistance. Once at the top of the Cinesphere, the lights that illuminate the dome will be turned off, and Coble will transmit a series of protest chants and messages of civil, social, and political resistance in Morse Code into the darkness. These messages are received by collaborators who are situated on the ground, and who then relay the messages on using their own light source, throughout the park, around the site from person to person, in a human microphone relay created with light.

Pulse is also in recognition of the lives lost and forever changed at the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.


For more information visit the facebook event.

SPARK Studio Series: Artist Talk




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On Thursday May 31, 2016 Jess Dobkin will present an Artist Talk as part of the SPARK Studio Series at Studio 303

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Edgy Women in New York – June 8

Edgy Women in New York Wednesday, June 8

An evening of wild feminist performance and video by artists from New York City and Montreal. The event is guest curated by Miriam Ginestier, artistic director of Studio 303 – an organization that hosted an artist exchange with Performance Mix for over 10 years. Each program features Studio 303-associated artists, most of whom have been presented in the context of 303’s late Edgy Women Festival. Edgy is dead! Long Live Edgy!

Visit the Facebook event Here!

The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar in Edmonton – May 12

The Lactation Station will be in Edmonton as part of the New Maternalisms: Redux Exhibition

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Curated by Natalie S. Loveless

May 12 — June 4, 2016 | FAB Gallery, 1-1 Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Opening Reception & Evening of Live Performance: May 12, 2016, 6:00 pm—9pm

Artists: Lenka Clayton, Jess Dobkin, Alejandra Herrera, Courtney Kessel, and Jill Miller

Schedule of Opening Night Performances:

6pm-9pm: Miller 24 Hour Family Portraits &
Dobkin Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar Tastings

6:30pm: Kessel In Balance With Performance

7:30pm: Herrera Performance

MONOMYTHS: Stage 6 – May 5 & 7

Physics of Blackness: Understanding Beyond Linear Time.

FADO picks up the epic MONOMM_symbol_yellow_bkgrdMYTHS series at Stage 6: Tests, Allies, Enemies with a talk given by (and a reading group led by) Dr. Michelle M. Wright entitled Physics of Blackness: Understanding Beyond Linear Time.

In this talk, Physics of Blackness: Understanding Beyond Linear Time, Michelle M. Wright shows how our current struggle to be diverse and inclusive in our worldview has more to do with Isaac Newton’s laws of motion and gravity than most would realize. Blackness, for example, can only be understood accurately by drawing on different understandings of time and space–specifically going beyond linear time and the myth of universal progress. Moving from discussions of 17th century physics to 3rd century Christian religions, to 21st century African travel narratives to Black European postwar histories to Black Caribbean settlement in 18th century Australia, Physics of Blackness goes around the globe through all spaces and times to show us the unexpected ways Blackness reveals and encounters itself.

Join us on May 7 from 11am to 1pm in a reading group led by Michelle Wright. She will lead us through a selection of texts. No prior reading or knowledge required. Texts will be provided on the day.

For more information visit the facebook event



EVERYTHING MUST END: Closing Party at the Artist-Run Newsstand – April 28

12829434_816019708542073_3580829515344136821_oClosing Party at the Artist-Run Newsstand at Chester Subway Station

Our one-year experiment of an artist-run newsstand is coming to a close and we invite you to celebrate our YEAR OF KIOSK with us on Thursday, April 28 from 5-8pm. If you haven’t yet come to visit the Newsies at Chester Station, now is the time! Subway station dance party with DJ John Caffery! Performance by Jess Dobkin! Artist Reception with Zanette Singh! Tasty treats and free Red Bull (while supplies last!)

Thursday, April 28 from 5-8pm

Visit the Facebook Event for additional information!

FADO presents MONOMYTHS, February 3-7 2016

monomyths_word_blkConceived and co-curated with Shannon Cochrane, I’ll be curating FADO‘s presentation of MONOMYTHS, a large-scale creative venture to advance over the course of a year. The first installment will be presented at the Progress Festival February 3-7, 2016. MONOMYTHS is a feminist re-vision of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, dispelling the notion of the lone patriarchal figure in consideration of community, collectivity, and collaboration. Artists, scholars and activists adopt fifteen stages of the journey and, stitched together, these independent visions become an “exquisite corpse” of a larger experimental narrative.

My Theatre Centre residency, December 7-19 2015


December 7th – 19th, 2015

The Theatre Centre, The Great Hall, Toronto

Free public showing on December 17th


I have a new work in development, in collaboration with the Theatre Centre in downtown Toronto. Stay tuned for more details, but for now please save the date of December 17th, as I’ll be doing a free performance that’s open to the public.

KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

12006260_10153745422819388_5845358635071124933_nOctober 16-30, 2015
Plummer Park, West Hollywood
Long Hall
1200 North Vista Street
West Hollywood, CA

A project by Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue

Lesbian Rule. Forget the dead this Halloween. Feel the pulsing throb of something larger than life in KillJoy’s Kastle. Each Halloween radical evangelical groups build hell houses. These performer-animated installations showcase a gruesome retribution for the sins of fornication, abortion, suicide, occultism, and—of course—same-sex relationships.

This Halloween, Toronto based-artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell reclaim this hellish scenario with their sex positive, trans inclusive, queer lesbian-feminist-fear-fighting celebration. I’m performing as a Paranormal Consciousness Raiser performing in the Kastle.

Organized by ONE Archives in West Hollywood, KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House is designed to pervert, not convert. This haunted house of freaky feminist skill sharing and paranormal consciousness-raising reanimates the archive of lesbian herstory with all its wonders and thorny complications.

KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House originated in collaboration with, and through financial support of, the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto. Support for this presentation of the KillJoy’s Kastle is provided by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the ONE Archives Foundation.

An artists newsstand opens at Chester Station!

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A longtime dream of mine is getting real! A small and mighty collective of artists are leasing a vacant Gateway Newsstand kiosk at Chester Subway Station for one year. We are creating an alternative newsstand and artists space for site-specific exhibitions, screenings, performances, community arts projects and more. We will also sell reading material and snacks for your ride. Come join us. The Grand Opening is on Wednesday, May 13 from 5-8pm. For kiosk updates, visit us here.

Save the Date / Images Festival 2015

lightbulb_cropI will be presenting a new performance, “How Many Performance Artists Does it Take To Change a Light Bulb (for Martha Wilson)” at the Images Festival on Thursday, April 16 in Toronto. The performance is from 7pm-11:15pm at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street. Admission is suggested $10/Pay What You Can. Check back for more details, coming shortly.


Birth Rites Collection

Birth Rites

My work has been shortlisted for the biannual Birth Rites Collection award, and will be screened as part of a public exhibition at MediaCityUK, University of Salford, from March 14-22. In association with The University of Salford Art Collections, Goldsmiths University Women’s Arts Library, School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Care, Salford University, Media CityUK. Judges: Helen Knowles, BRC Curator & Althea Greenan, Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University, London.