3 July

Open studio workshop

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

22nd July

2-6pm

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 jo@jofong.com

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.

3 July

Summer Inspirations 2017 – Cardiff

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:

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 programme for just £100

Full programme to be announced soon

28 June

Manchester – Choreolab 2017

Jo will lead an all day session and evening discussion as part of Manchester Dance Consortium’s Choreolab 2017.

27th July

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:

PRIORITISING: Process, Questions & Risk
STIMULATING: Movement, Pathway, Thought & Debate
Open to emerging & established professional artists with dance/movement backgrounds & artists interested in choreographic questions.
Artists who are leading sessions include:
Charlie Morrissey
Lenka Flory
Paul Blackman
Morning classes are available and Choreolab are are offering full week, one day, two day and single sessions passes.
 
22 June

Classes in Cardiff

Professional Level

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.

E Kelly.barr@ndcwales.co.uk

WHEN

9.45 – 11.15am

29, 30 June

4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 31 July

1, 15, 17 August

WHERE

Dance House
Wales Millennium Centre
Pierhead Street
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff CF10 4PH

5 June

Cardiff Dance Festival 2017

8 to 19 November 2017

Over the twelve day festival you’ll be able to discover some rich and fantastic work, with artists and companies from Wales, the UK and a variety of international countries. 

Jo will be creating a new work for the closing night of the festival.

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13 May

Xintiandi Festival 2017

Jo heads to 2017 Xintiandi Festival creating a new work with local performers.

Shanghai Xintiandi

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

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19 April

Kitchen Table – Hull 2017

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

2-3pm

Places are limited. If you would like to book a place contact

hulldance@hullcc.gov.uk

14 April

Workshop led by Jo Fong – Glasgow

Dance International Glasgow

DIG presents – Jo Fong workshop: Ways of Being Together

For more information and to book a place click HERE

Free event

10th May 2017

11.00am – 1.00pm

Tramway

Images by Jamie Morgans

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30 March

Hull UK City of Culture

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 hulldance@hullcc.gov.uk

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22 February

PITCH heads to Glasgow and Cardiff

UK Touring 2017

A collaboration between artists

Skye Reynolds and Jo Fong

“A tremendously intelligent, brilliantly wry piece of performance” Festmag

Dance House,  Cardiff

7th April

7.30pm

Book Here

Tramway, Glasgow

Dance International Glasgow (DIG)

9th and 10th May  2017

Book Here

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