30 January

Le Vin herbe

Le Vin herbe wins Best Opera Production at the Wales Theatre Awards 2018.

Composed by Frank Martin

Congratulations to the cast from Welsh National Opera, soloists Tom Randle and Caitlin Hulcup and the creative team.

Conductor James Southall
Director Polly Graham

Movement Director Jo Fong
Designer April Dalton
Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell
Musical Preparation David Doidge, James Southall, Stephen Wood
Staff Director Matthew Holmquist
Production Manager Richard Norton
Stage Manager Katie Heath-Jones
Deputy Stage Manager Jenni Price

To see all the winning catorgories Click HERE

30 January

St. Gallen Opera, Switzerland

Der Zaubertrank (Le Vin Herbe) by Frank Martin

Opens in the round on the 2nd February 2018 in the exquisite Lokremise, Theater St. Gallen

For further information and performance dates click HERE

Conducted by  Hermes Helfricht

Jo will again be collaborating as Movement Director with Director Polly Graham

 
18 January

Wales Theatre Awards.

The Nominations for this years Wales Theatre Awards are in.

Le VIn Herbe and Ways of Being Together have been nominated in the dance and opera catagories

See who’s been nominated HERE

6 November

Cardiff Dance Festival

12 days of Dance

For the full programme of performances, workshops and events click HERE

6 November

In my own words – Arts Scene Wales

Ways of Being Together, Cardiff Dance Festival 17

I was not able to define what this is. I have come to the conclusion that it is:

An Installation of People, A Gathering, A Show, A Happening and somehow A Listening…

To read the whole article click HERE

 
24 October

About Ways of Being Together

As a newly appointed Peilot Associate Artist at Chapter Arts Centre I embarked on a study period supported by Arts Council Wales, Creative Wales Award Project

Ways of Being Together is a series of workshops, discussions and performances centred around the idea of Belonging – A Sense of Belonging

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.

The work in development is called Ways of Being Together to be presented on 19th Nov 2017 to mark the closing night of Cardiff Dance Festival.

Performed by between 40 and 50 people who like to move.

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 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, Barry Memo, SE Dance, University of South Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, Fieldwork, Xintiandi Arts Festival and Hull Dance.

20 October

Cardiff Dance Festival 17

Tickets are on sale

The Festival runs between the 8th and 19th November at venues across Cardiff. Featuring local and international artists.

Ways of Being Together

By Jo Fong

19th Nov

6pm

Chapter Arts Centre 

Tickets: £14/£12/£10 (Half-price tickets if you are under 26 – £7)

Suitable for audiences of all ages, but please note the event starts at 6pm and might not finish until 9pm.

Accessible performance: BSL interpretation by Julie Doyle.

8 August

Groundwork Pro are back

Professional level classes in Cardiff

September 2017

Tue 19th @ Rubicon Dance

Weds 20th @ Rubicon Dance

Thur 21st Sept @ Dance House, Cardiff Bay

9.30am-11am

Click here for more details on Groundwork

4 August

Summer Inspirations 2017 – Cardiff

Jo will lead sessions during Summer Inspirations.

A professional development programme for artists from in and around Cardiff.

The two week programme runs from 4th-15th September

There will be drop in classes and workshops other facilitators and teachers include:

Kim Noble

Matt Gough

Matt Mulligan

Hugh Stanier

Jo’s sessions will be

7th Sept     12 – 4pm

8th Sept     10 – 4pm

£5 per class

£10 per workshop

or

You can join the whole 2 week programme for just £100

Click below

How to get to the Atrium ?

 
3 August

Do you want to take part?

WAYS OF BEING TOGETHER

A performance created by Jo Fong for the closing evening of Cardiff Dance Festival 2017

19 November 2017

Would you like to be a part of this?

What is it?

This is a choreography for many people.

It’s not a dance

It’s a movement

The act of bringing people together

The art of bringing people together

We are looking for:

People who like to move and are interested in moving together

Walkers, cyclists, swimmers, actors, dancers, clowns, Japanese drummers, joggers, boxers, gardeners, potterers, pilates teachers…their sons, her grandma.

We are particularly looking for men who like to move.

Jo’s working practice is an evolving, interactive and playful approach, incorporating aspects of release, yoga, manipulation, contact and voice techniques.

A great deal of the project is about meeting people well. Jo has been working on simple instructions / games that play out. 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 spatial, a shared joke or about the knowledge of what each human carries with them.

Alongside this there has been a larger conversation about community, participation, inclusivity thinking about what it is to thrive both individually and as a community. And running through all of it the idea of Belonging. 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.

For more information contact Jo Fong on Facebook or via email jo@jofong.com

Where     Chapter Arts Centre

When      Rehearsal dates

Saturday 21 October 2 – 6 p.m.

Saturday 28 October 2 – 6 p.m.

Saturday 4 November 2 – 6 p.m.

Saturday 11 November 2 – 6 pm.

Wednesday 15th 6-9pm

You must be able to attend 3 out of 5 of the rehearsal dates above

Dress Rehearsal date

Saturday 18 November 2pm – 6 p.m.

You must be able to attend the dress rehearsal.

Performance date

Sunday 19 November 1 – 9 p.m. Performance starts 6.00 p.m.

Obviously you must be able to attend this date – it’s showtime.

Unfortunately there is no pay available for this show but we will be able to provide refreshments, tea coffee and snacks and a good social lunch together on the day of the performance.

ALSO An invitation to the Cardiff Dance Festival’s opening event and the performance on Wednesday 8 November

AND significantly discounted tickets for other festival performances.

Cardiff Dance Festival runs from 8th – 19th November 2017

AND there will be an after show party on the evening of 19 November.

If you would like to take part please send Jo Fong an email by the 29th Sept with your availability for the dates above  jo@jofong.com

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 of Wales, Coreo Cymru, Chapter Arts Centre, Fieldwork, Xintiandi Festival and Hull Dance.