Wallflower was created in 2015 in collaboration with Quarantine
Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, SWEDEN
Dance Umbrella, UK
Juncture Dance, Leeds, UK
Wallflower is a dance marathon, a game that alters according to the players.
Three performers are challenged to remember every dance they’ve ever danced. Each performance is different, as they choose what they want to reveal, what story of themselves they want to tell…
Wallflower is devised by the company.
Performers Greg Akehurst, Jo Fong, Nic Green, Sonia Hughes, James Monaghan
Archivist Kate Daley
Director Richard Gregory
Designer Simon Banham
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Dramaturg Renny O’Shea
Choreographic Advisor Jane Mason
Assistant Director Cat Robey
Production Manager Greg Akehurst
Producer Ali Dunican
4 **** in The Times “This docu-opera is sobering and uplifting, in name a reflection on history but also a timely reminder of how close we still are to unthinkable horror.”
5***** in The Guardian “WNO’s Youth wave flag boldly for Peter Maxwell Davies”
A beautiful piece of writing from Wales Arts Review “This has got to be one of the operatic events of the year”
Performed by WNO Youth Opera
At the end of July Kommilitonen! premiers at Barry’s MEMO
Music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Libretto by David Pountney
Alice Farnham Conductor
Polly Graham Director
Gabriella Slade Designer
Jo Fong Movement Director
Katy Morison Lighting Designer
Will Duke Projection Designer
Kommilitonen! intertwines three stories of student revolution in the 20th century – the Chinese Cultural Revolution; the Civil Rights Movement in the USA; and the White Rose movement in Nazi Germany. The three stories come together at the end of the opera, locating the action between the present and the past, and evoking the tyranny of the three political systems that the opera explores.
For an opera about revolution, it’s important that we don’t just sit passively in our seats but feel part of the action. Polly Graham’s promenade production seizes on this idea by putting the audience in the heart of these stories and combines innovative visual projections with a spectacular set transforming the Memo into the frontline of 20th century turmoil.
Please note that Kommilitonen is a promenade performance.
Weds 22nd June @ Rubicon Dance
Thurs 23rd June @ Cardiff Met
Fri 24th June @ Chapter
9.30 – 11am
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Jo’s working practice is an evolving, interactive and a playful approach.
Play has become the very nature of how Jo approaches her body, her voice, her performance roles and her making processes.
The class takes the form of guided improvisations. Initially the warm up is about relationships with our own bodies and voices following individual and inherent desires. The process incorporates a sense of play, listening, responding and investigation that aim to develop an efficient, imaginative and dynamic approach. Jo’s practice is influenced by her eclectic experiences in many dance and theatre performance styles. Working from the inside of the body to the outside she incorporates aspects of release, yoga, manipulation, contact and voice techniques.
The underlying motivations consider honesty in performance, the present moment and the act of creating this together.
On the 10th Dec 2015, Jo was awarded a Creative Wales Award
About the Awards
The Creative Wales awards are amongst the most important and well regarded of the Arts Council of Wales’ funding programmes. The focus of the awards is the established artist who can already point to a record of achievement. Creative Wales offers invaluable research time for such artists at a critical stage in their professional career who want to develop new skills, research new opportunities or develop new partnerships.
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An Invitation… by Jo Fong
Touring 2016 continues
Bristol Trinity Arts
Dates to be announced
An Invitation… was presented at British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015 and British Dance Edition 2016
“An Invitation… is performance distilled to its essence.” The Observer
“Radical-witty and entertainingly thought-provoking” The Herald
Jo returns to Leeds to share 5 drop in classes with ProDanceLeeds
31st May – 3rd June
9:15am – 10:45am
How much? £4/class or £30/10 classes as part of ProDanceLeeds programme of classes.
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
by JO FONG heads to Scotland
6, 7 and 8th May 2016
A three day festival of contemporary dance and performance at the Universal Hall, Findhorn.
Featuring a winning line-up of artists from across the UK, Rise promises to be imaginative and engaging, sometimes tender, sometimes provocative, often funny and always entertaining. A long weekend of performances, workshops and special events in this beautiful part of Scotland.
The line up includes:
IGOR AND MORENO
BURROWS & FARGION – NORA
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