18 April

Neither Here Nor There

Review

Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong at Experimentica, Chapter Arts Centre.

“How do you get strangers to open up to each other in a very short space of time? Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes create a safe space for probing some buried truths as part of Experimentica 2018. Emma Geliot and Filiz Mehmedova joined a choreographed conversation.”

CCQ magazine’s review can be found HERE

14 March

A Spring Move

Come and move together. It’s Spring time!

A gathering for those who love to move.

The class is influence by multiple techniques including contact, yoga and the work embraces a sense of play. Jo will lead exercises in pairs and group work. “I’m interested in meeting people, encouraging awareness, listening and noticing.” These workshops are part of a larger conversation about inclusivity and participation… thinking about what it is to thrive both individually and as a community.

For more information on Jo’s studio practice see Workshops
Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday)
10.15-11.45am
Peilot Studio, Chapter
Do wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle and a blanket or a yoga mat.
There are limited places so please get in touch to book a place at workshops@jofong.com
The class is free
If you wish to make a donation Jo would like to hand funds onto Huggard Shelter.
A Cardiff-based charity tackling homelessness and seeking to overcome the problems and barriers that force individuals to sleep rough on our streets. http://www.huggard.org.uk/about-us/

Photo Heloise Godfrey-Talbot

6 March

NTW Qtine and WMC

National Theatre Wales & Quarantine with Wales Millennium Centre for Festival of Voice.

Jo will be joining the team for a new production entitled English. Performed by Jonny Cotsen, the work is inspired by the theatricality of language lessons, and from conversations with migrants in Wales and across the UK who learn English for all kinds of reasons – for business, for pleasure, for survival, to take part, to pass the test…

English asks what happens when we move to another country and don’t really know how to say who we are, how to disagree, how to be in love, how to be funny – how to say what life is really about.

Made in Wales but with a global perspective, this performance pulls pop songs apart, tears grammar to pieces and constructs a contemporary Babel that invites all the languages in the room to be heard.

For more information click HERE

6 March

Experimentica – ABOUT TIME

Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes embark on a new project for Experimentica 2018 entitled

Neither Here Nor There.

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
The festival runs from Wed 11th – Sun 15th Apr

Jo and Sonia will have performances at 1pm Wed – Sat

Experimentica’s artists 2018

KATHRYN ASHILL, MEGAN BROADMEADOW, GARETH CHAMBERS, RHODRI DAVIES, FREYA DOOLEY & CINZIA MUTIGLI, PAUL EASTWOOD, JO FONG & SONIA HUGHES, BETH GREENHALGH, PAUL HURLEY, SHAUN CATON AND TYPESUN, ANGUS MCLEAN BALBERNIE, NAHUM, DORIAN NUSKIND-ODER & SIMON GRENIER-POIRIER, PLAYING UP, MIKE PEARSON, THEATRE REPLACEMENT, FERN THOMAS, ULTIMATE DANCER WITH ROBBIE THOMSON, GREG WOHEAD AND MORE…

Tickets are pay what you decide. All payments go directly to supporting artists to make and perform new work at Experimentica.

For details on all the performances click HERE.

Photo Solomon Hughes

2 March

Wallflower – BALTIC, Gateshead, UK

Quarantine

4 May 2018 | GIFT Festival

Wallflower is a dance marathon, a game that alters according to the players.

Like much of Quarantine’s work, Wallflower serves as a form of portraiture. Each night, the performers choose what they want to reveal, what story of themselves they want to tell. In the seats around the dance floor, the spectators bring their own histories, understanding and expectations. And somewhere between the spotlight and the sidelines, Wallflower happens

“lo-fi, freewheeling and rather brilliant” ★★★★LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Trailer

Other dates and details of how to book coming soon.

For more information click HERE

1 March

An Invitation… in Dresden

An Invitation… returns for performances at Societaetstheater in Dresden.

27th April, 8pm

An Invitation… is an alive and evolving work. An Invitation… is about connection, conversation, spontaneity and uncertainty. It’s also playful, joyous, imaginative, powerful and human. It is about us. We are creating this performance now. We play the performer. We play the audience.

We are the show.

60 mins

Suitable for all ages

Radical-witty and entertainingly thought-provoking. ★★★★ Herald, 2015 (read the full review here)

Trailer 

For tickets click HERE

21 February

Growing Together workshops

Shrewsbury

Shropshire Inclusive Dance are hosting open workshops led by artists Joanna Young, Jo Fong and Aya Kobayashi.

To book a place click HERE

A series of workshops led by highly skilled practicing professional dance and performance makers, open to disabled and non-disabled dancers. The workshops will take place at The Gateway Centre in Shrewsbury.

The aim of our workshop series is to support, inspire and stimulate dancers and practitioners in their ongoing development as performers, facilitators and dance makers. The workshops will pay particular focus on movement exploration as a source for improvisation, dance making, performance and inclusion.

A limited number of places are available to dance practitioners, with at least 2 years dance experience and an interest in inclusive practice, to join Contact Dance company members in an explorative workshop setting.

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

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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