Ways of being Together is a series of workshops, discussions and performances centred around the idea of Belonging – A Sense of Belonging
Open Studio Workshop – A physical workshop led by independent artist Jo Fong, suitable for People Who Like To Move.
Dancers, actors, clowns, circus folk, pilates teachers, social workers, their sons… This is an opportunity for “dancers” and “non-dancers” alike to move together.
Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff
Jo will lead a warm-up/class followed by pair work, group work and games that she has been developing as part of the creative process for her new work for Cardiff Dance Festival, Nov 2017. Jo’s working practice is an evolving, interactive and playful approach, incorporating aspects of release, yoga, manipulation, contact and voice techniques.
The studio time has been part of a larger conversation about community, participation, inclusivity and rather than sustaining something, a body, a practice, a career… thinking about what it is to thrive both individually and as a community. Embedded in the all the gatherings have been the notion of Belonging. A sense of belonging is intimate and powerful, connected, optimitstic, unknown and curious making.
To take part contact Jo Fong on Facebook or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
A great deal of the project is about meeting people well. As a language I have been working on a self generating score, simple instructions / games that play out, encouraging awareness, listening, range, presence and also simple acts like noticing.
The performance and research projects that are in development are focused on creating experiences for both participant and audience member. The project acts as a pathway to celebrate a resilient arts community that potentially inspires and takes action.
At this time it seems essential to work on our Ways of Being Together.
Jo is interested in spontaneity, arriving with ourselves and authentic encounters. The interaction is live and people adapt, make room, save, lead, follow, get out of the way, care, grow an energy, grow an awareness, whether that be spacial, a shared joke or about the knowledge of what each human carries with them.
The series of works explores ideas around making a real human connection its about an appreciation of the people around us.
“At the heart of the work are the people – their skills, instincts, their aptitude for excellence, collaboration, sharing and together creating a dialogue that embraces creativity, integrity and learning.” Jo Fong
Jo would like to thank everyone who has been involved and alongside this project. This free event has become possible through support from Arts Council Wales, Coreo Cymru, Chapter Arts Centre, Fieldwork, Xintiandi Arts Festival and Hull Dance.
Jo will lead sessions during Summer Inspirations.
A professional development programme for artists from in and around Cardiff.
The whole two week programme runs from 4th-15th September
There will be drop in classes and workshops other facilitators and teachers include:
Jo’s sessions will be
7th Sept 12 – 4pm
8th Sept 10 – 4pm
£5 per class
£10 per workshop
You can join the whole programme for just £100
Full programme to be announced soon
Jo will lead an all day session and evening discussion as part of Manchester Dance Consortium’s Choreolab 2017.
Contact Theatre, Manchester.
Physical workshop 10.30-6pm
Discussion 6.30 -8pm
The whole week of workshops runs from 25 to 29 July and is focused on:
Jo will lead morning company classes for members of National Dance Company Wales
Classes are free for guests although there are limited places.
If you wish to join please contact the company.
9.45 – 11.15am
29, 30 June
4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 31 July
1, 15, 17 August
Wales Millennium Centre
Cardiff CF10 4PH
Jo heads to 2017 Xintiandi Festival creating a new work with local performers.
May 25 to June 3
During the 10-day festival, 16 works by artists from nine countries, such as China, the UK, France and Poland, will be shown at over 170 performances and events, such as audio-visual shows, concerts, mime, cafe plays and street performances in tent theater, cafes, bars, restaurants, museums and squares.
Bridge created by Jo Fong
The site specific performance will be a Free Event to audiences and presented twice daily throughout the festival
As part of Hull’s Transgression Dance Festival Jo will be hosting a gathering.
Jo has been working on ways to meet people well, how to engage in fresh and open dialogue. Her new work and research involves gathering people and a conversation about place, relationship and community and a sense of belonging.
Venue: Hull Truck Theatre
Places are limited. If you would like to book a place contact
Call out to Performers
Workshop and Performance Opportunity
Jo will be working with performers in Hull for Transgression Dance Festival.
Belonging will be a pilot performance for the opening night of the festival.
Jo Fong is creating a choreography for many people
It’s not a dance. It’s a movement.
Its not a disco. Its a way to be Together.
It starts with a walk and ends in a party.
The performance celebrates a sense of belonging.
The work is about the wanting to take part, wanting to exchange, share, receive, learn and meet people well.
This is about how we live, how open are we, how does this reflect and translate into other aspects of our lives, what are our shared histories, relationships, sense of place. Among us how can we cultivate a sense of belonging.
The project notices the value of the collective or the individual, unity or choice. It invites the potential of meeting people well, being present and nurtures connection.
Details and dates:
3 day devising workshop Saturday 29 April, Sunday 30 April and Bank Holiday Monday 1 May
10.30am until 5pm daily
Rehearsal and Preview Event Friday 12 May
2pm until the performance time 8pm
There will be a DJ set into the evening.
Venue: Hull College Dance Studio, Horncastle Building
This opportunity is open to dancers, actors, performers, pilates teachers, social workers anyone who considers themselves a mover and is interested in moving together.
For more information or if you would like to be involved in this new work email email@example.com
UK Touring 2017
A collaboration between artists
Skye Reynolds and Jo Fong
“A tremendously intelligent, brilliantly wry piece of performance” Festmag
Dance House, Cardiff
Dance International Glasgow (DIG)
9th and 10th May 2017
Free Events at DIG
DIG presents Art as Action: Women Making Art (Discussion) for details click HERE
Adult workshop led by Jo Fong.
For details click HERE