Jo and Sonia have been building their Patreon page since 2019. Knowing even before Covid-19 the arts were in a tricky position.
If you would like to support Jo and Sonia in their work together you can do that for as little as £3 a month on this page.
Here we share processes and try outs with personal writing, images and videos. Our most recent video is called On Saying The Truth created during lockdown in the heat of the upsurge of awareness for Black Lives Matter.
“This is the lockdown art content I’ve been waiting for. Words, on a screen, two writers, two views… The choreography, the layers. So simple. Stunning.” Audience member.
Its a bit of a sit down and lasts half an hour. Effortless.
Sonia and I have been meeting each week to chat, banter, rant, ponder, worry and plan.
We will be live writing on the 2nd 4th and 6th June.
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Neither Here Nor There
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Today is the 15th May 2020. Some time has passed in our new and very complicated situation. As Covid:19 brings us sharply into this moment. I now have found space to begin to reflect on what has been and what was and what will be.
Groundwork Pro are sharing artists work and processes over these weeks. Here is a reflection on Ways of Being Together. We started thinking about this in 2016 and our final performance happened at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of Chinese Arts Now February 2020.
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End of the CAN performance in London by Lidia Crisafulli
JO FONG and SONIA HUGHES bring Neither Here Nor There to Battersea Arts Centre’s Going Global Season
4th – 9th May 2020
‘A leap of faith’ Culture Colony
‘A rare experience’ Arts Scene Wales
Photo Solomon Hughes
JO FONG AND GEORGE ORANGE head to London and Machynlleth Comedy Festival 2020.
Jo and George present two middle-aged lives in an eclectic, spontaneous, predictable and random decline. Join them for an afternoon of dance, circus and games. Hopefully hopeful, The Rest of Our Lives is a joyful cabaret of life and near death.
“Utterly wonderful, moving and hilarious, and quite simply restored my faith in humanity” Audience response, YD Leeds.
The Place Theatre
Machynlleth Comedy Festival
Exciting times as Jo brings three pieces of work created in the last three years to London this Spring.
Jo presents Ways of Being Together at Shoreditch Town Hall, London as part of CAN Festival, 22nd Feb 2020
Last year Jo created a new show with circus performer and artist George Orange called The Rest of Our Lives. A cabaret of Life and Death.
The Place Theatre, London
4th April 2020
“Utterly wonderful, moving and hilarious, and quite simply restored my faith in humanity” Audience response.
Neither Here Nor There
Battersea Arts Centre, London
Part of BAC’s Going Global Season
4-9th May 2020
Jo is collaborating with CAN and Shoreditch Town Hall to bring Ways of Being Together to the stage in London this February 2020
Ways of Being Together is a celebration of possibility. A testament to the belief that amazing things can be created with people we barely know. That communities can emerge, remake themselves and be enriched.
Part of the Chinese Arts Now Festival 2020, Ways of Being Together draws together over forty performers from across London for a one-off spontaneous, dynamic mass movement of bodies and lives. Expect a view of the world in its multiplicity, its opposites and all its beautiful complexity.
Shoreditch Town Hall
“I felt a knee-jerk reaction that you could almost join in, falling into the work and you’d be welcomed with open arms.” Review – The Sprout****
Open Studio sessions
As part of Jo Fong’s creative process for new work Ways of Being Together for Chinese Arts Now Festival Feb 2020, Jo will be sharing her ideas about the show and initiating a discussion around belonging on Friday 8th November, as well as leading a movement workshop for all levels/experiences on Saturday 9th November.
Ways of Being Together explores connection, communication and conversation, and the act and art of bringing people together.
For more details click HERE
Breathe – Move – Notice – Listen
Jo’s practice is an evolving, interactive and playful approach, incorporating aspects of release, yoga, contact and voice techniques. As a language she has been working on self-generating scores, simple instructions/games that play out, making connection, encouraging awareness, range, presence, multiple outcomes and simple acts like noticing.
Jo Fong is a dance artist who lives and works in Cardiff. Her work reflects the need in these times for people to come together. Her practice has been informed by notions of inclusivity, participation and is about being present, this moment, communication, listening, face to face encounters and the idea of forming community.
Date: Sunday 24th November 2019
Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: AMATA, Falmouth University, Studio B
Who? For dancers, practitioners, teachers, choreographers and for people who have physical practices such as martial arts, circus or actors. For people who are interested in physicality and the body 18yrs +
Fee: £10 p/p for the day. The hour discussion is free to attend.
/Bookings OPEN email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any specific access needs, please contact James Randell on email@example.com
AMATA is a wheelchair accessible building with accessible toilets.
For information getting to AMATA by car or public transport www.amata.org.uk/visitus
JO FONG and GEORGE ORANGE
We’re only at the beginning of the end.
The Rest of Our Lives is an eclectic, spontaneous, predictable and random middle-aged decline. George and Jo have been pondering upon how it’s all going to go from here.
Hopefully hopeful The Rest of Our Lives will probably be too long or it might be a bit sudden and far too short and the last bit is likely to be a bit crap.
Time is on our side, but life is passing us by.
Age Recommendation 14+
Created and performed by Jo Fong and George Orange
For Jen and Alisa
Thanks to Joe Wild, Alisa Piebalga and Ed Collier for helping us in studio.
Supported by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, Fieldwork, China Plate, The Place Theatre, Chapter and Arts Council of Wales.