Like the Four Horsemen of the 1970’s, FPE is a performance poetry group. From 1994 through 1998, its five members were featured guests at every important poetry and spoken word event in Montreal, including The Yellow Door's poetry series, the weekly Enough Said series at Bistro 4, The Bard's Gauntlet at Galerie Fokus, and the Vox Hunt poetry slam. FPE also engaged in several outdoor site-specific performances, as events such as articule gallery's 5 Minute Cabaret at Lion D'Or. FPE organized a monthly performance series at the Phoenix Café from June 1994 to April 1995. They documented the first six months of the series by publishing a chapbook, Episode One ‹ A Word Circus). And three of their group performances were recorded for the Wired on Words poetry series on CKUT FM.
In June 1995, their collaborative experiments culminated in Resistance Is Reasonable, an hour-long poetry play presented six times in a successful run at the Montreal Fringe Festival. After that the group concentrated on collaborative pieces, which were presented at events like Rough Trade, the People Tan cabaret at the Just For Laughs museum in March 1996, and at the Tongue-Tied / Langue Liée word festival in May 1996. Ran Elfassy’s composition for the group, "Sound Poem" (included in the audio and text support material), was recorded by CBC radio's Art Talks for broadcast. This recording was subsequently released on the Wired on Words CD Millennium Cabaret.
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February 14, 8:30 pm