22 March

14th June

Witness – to be presented at The Place London

13th June

Jo performs HIDE by Deborah Light at The Place London

8th May – 6th June

Dance Roads International Tour

Dialogue – A Double Act

8, 9, 10th May Montreal

14, 15, 16th May Bordeaux

30, 31st May Turin

5th, 6th June Arnhem

1st May

Jo’s new work Dialogue – A Double Act previews as part of a mixed bill of work with Heloise Godfrey-Talbot at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

18th and 19th March

Jo performs HIDE by Deborah Light at Clywd Theatre Cymru, Mold.

15th March

Jo performs in Stupid Women at Juncture Festival, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds – A homage to Nigel Charnock’s directed by Wendy Houstoun

13th March

Witness is presented at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

21st February

Witness is presented at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

6th and 7th February

Jo performs in HIDE by Deborah Light at Volcano, Swansea

1st Feburary

Witness is presented at British Dance Edition 2014.

Tramway 4, Glasgow

31st January

Jo performs in HIDE by Deborah Light at British Dance Edition 2014

27th January

WitnessGaleri Caernarfon

24th and 25th January

Jo performs in HIDE by Deborah Light at Chapter Arts Centre

6th December 2013

Jo collaborates with artists Steve Geliot and Tanya Raman. Jo will be performing Trajectory a combined arts performance taking place at The Depot in Cardiff.


20th and 27th November 2013 

4th and 11th December 2013

Join Jo for Open Adult Contemporary Classes at Rubicon Dance in Cardiff.

6 – 7.15pm

£5 / £3


11th – 15th November 2013

Professional Open Classes London

The Place Theatre 9 – 10.30 am


31st Oct – 2nd Nov 2014

Half term Intens [...]

20 March

New works – Cardiff

Dialogue – A Double Act

New works by Jo Fong and Heloise Godfrey–Talbot.

1st May, 8pm

Chapter Arts Centre
This mixed bill features performance, audio-visual work and the premier of Dialogue – A Double Act.

The collaboration is an evolving archive of work, a collecting machine, a gathering of material, instigations, ideas and dialogue. It is inspired by Amanda Baggs’ moving film entitled In My Language.

“I’m playing in uncertainty, miscommunication, communication, conversation, lost in translation, getting to know one another, the desire to be understood… the list goes on.” Jo Fong

The aim is to make something that is alive, spontaneous and honest. The drama is in what is happening right now.

Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, theatre and the visual arts.
Heloise Godfrey-Talbot is an audio-visual artist who works with people and communities as her main medium. heloisegodfrey-talbot.com

£12/10

17 February

The Audience – Workshop

The Audience – Workshop led by artist Jo Fong

When             1.30 – 4pm 21st February 2014.
Where            The Castle Theatre, Aberystwyth.
How much     £5 This event has been subsidised by Aberystwyth University and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Workshop – I have been working on a way to perform The Audience. It is about connection, spontaneity, but also about uncertainty.

The workshop stages a process, the frame is there, we now need to fill it. The Audience appears as though it is being created right now. In places it is. What happens or doesn’t happen is influenced directly by the people in the room. We play the performer. We play the audience. We are the show. Is it now? The original research was strangely playful, alive, joyous and imaginative and therefore weirdly powerful and human. We opened the studio and discovered a profound way of meeting people.

For more information on The Audience click here http://www.jofong.com/portfolios/1049/

“Jo has a truly distinctive practice. It is deceptively simple, yet from simple parameters has managed to generate a potentially radical new interface between performers and audience, one based on empathy, similarity and the everyday rather than on “otherness”, competition or confrontation.” Richard Huw Morgan. Pitch, good cop bad cop.

About JO FONG

I am a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, theatre and the visual arts.

As a performer, I have worked for over 20 years including performances with Rosas, DV8 Physical Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Mark Bruce Company, Nigel Charnock, Igloo and Quarantine Theatre. Current performance projects include Stupid Women at Juncture Festival, Yorkshire Dance – A reworking of Nigel Charnock’s inspired Stupid Men and directed by Wendy Houstoun. I will also be working with Unfinished Business on a new work entitled Change My Mind.

I am Associate Artist with Coreo Cymru and my artistic work is supported by Arts Council Wales and Sherman Cymru. Witness – Portraits of Women Who Dance was presented at British Dance Edition 2014 and is currently touring the UK. Currently I am developing three new live works and an installation all of which are born out of a period of research entitled The Audience. The first; Dialogue – A Double Act will tour internationally with Dance Roads in May and June 2014.

As an independent artist I present work that is thought-provoking and centred around people, dancers or players who translate, reveal or perform. The work is grounded in the idea of honesty in performance and looks under the skin: the psychological drives, motivations or inherent characteristics of an individual or group, creating a shared and considered relationship with an audience. The body is my first language, though text and voice work are regularly a part of the whole. I combine physical technical knowledge, agility and experience with a raw, rebellious and curious spirit. I endeavor to understand further and explore the scope for movement to communicate and to cultivate work that is generous, engaging and embodies an alternative beauty.

Witness Tour 2014
1st February British Dance Edition 2014 Glasgow – Tramway
21st February Aberystwyth Arts Centre
13th March Theatr Brycheiniog (Brecon)
14th June The Place Theatre (London)
Dialogue – A Double Act is new work to be presented at Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff) on 1st May 2014.

Photo credits John Collingswood and Heloise Godfrey

If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with Louise Ritchie lhr08@aber.ac.uk

11 February

Witness Touring 2014

Witness  – Portraits of Women Who Dance

 

Galeri Caernarfon 27th January

galericaernarfon.com

British Dance Edition 2014  Glasgow

Tramway – 1st February

britishdanceedition.com

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 21st February

aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

Theatr Brycheiniog – Brecon 13th March

brycheiniog.co.uk

The Place Theatre – London 14th June 8pm

theplace.org.uk

‘A beautiful piece of work, moving, inspiring and thought provoking – about dance, about women, about being in front of cameras…’

An invitation to witness three exceptional dancers as they collaborate in the making of their own choreographic portraits in this revealing documentary.

Three women talk candidly about their relationship with dance, performance and what it is to be watched.

The unique performances that result are both elaborate and supremely personal: as idiosyncratic as the women who dance them.

Excellence, intimacy and honesty in performance.


Choreography and Direction | Jo Fong

Filmmakers and Editing | Filipe Alcada and Dawn Collins

Dancers

Ino Riga,  “Theatre is a rehearsed life, pre-planned, you know your role.”

Eeva-Maria Mutka,  “Is this dancing?”

Annabeth Berkeley,  “You can’t always say the truth, sometimes you have to pretend.”

“The films draw a fine line between what is real and what is performed and ask how is it to be watched or exhibited.” Jo Fong

See trailer – Witness

 
24 October

Witness Review – Sherman Theatre

CCQ magazine review by Emma Geliot
Click Here

“Fong’s thoughtful editing, always mindful of what she’s revealing about her subjects, is what makes this piece so compelling.”

“Over the course of just over an hour the audience witnessed a process of candid exposure that was as moving as it was aesthetically pleasing. And ‘witness’ really is the word here, for it implies more than passive engagement.” CCQ magazine. Review Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

 
30 September

Bristol Class and Workshop

Neshima Dance Company presents

DANCE THEATRE WORKSHOP with Jo Fong
Sunday 27th October 2013 | 10.00 – 5.00pm | DanceSpace Bristol

Places are limited
Special Price: £15
To book, please email Veronica Cortes at:

vcortes1976@gmail.com

For further  information click here

15 August

Classes and Workshops

Cardiff 

Rubicon Dance

16th Oct and 23rd Oct

20th, 27th Nov

4th, 11th Nov

6 – 7.30pm

Adult Contemporary Classes

Half Term Intensive

31st Oct – 3rd November

Open Classes 10.30 – 12pm

3 day Nurture Workshop

1st – 3rd November

12.15 – 5.30pm

Nurture is a group of artists, dance teachers and graduates who gather to explore choreographic and performance work.

Jo will devise and choreograph a new work for the group to be performed as part of Rubicon’s Community Dance Platform on 29th November 2013.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Paul Davies at Rubicon pauldavies727@btinternet.com

26 July

Witness – Sherman Theatre – Cardiff

Witness  – Portraits of Women Who Dance


Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

26, 27and 28th September 7pm

02920 646900 | shemancymru.co.uk

‘A beautiful piece of work, moving, inspiring and thought provoking – about dance, about women, about being in front of cameras…’

An invitation to witness three exceptional dancers as they collaborate in the making of their own choreographic portraits in this revealing documentary.

Three women talk candidly about their relationship with dance, performance and what it is to be watched.

The unique performances that result are both elaborate and supremely personal: as idiosyncratic as the women who dance them.

Excellence, intimacy and honesty in performance.


Choreography and Direction | Jo Fong

Filmmakers and Editing | Filipe Alcada and Dawn Collins

Dancers

Ino Riga,  “Theatre is a rehearsed life, pre-planned, you know your role.”

Eeva-Maria Mutka,  “Is this dancing?”

Annabeth Berkeley,  “You can’t always say the truth, sometimes you have to pretend.”

“The films draw a fine line between what is real and what is performed and ask how is it to be watched or exhibited.” Jo Fong

See trailer – Witness

 
20 July

Classes and Workshops

Bristol

Dance Space

27th October 2013
10 – 5pm

For more information contact jo@jofong.com

 
14 July

Dancers Call

The Audience. Open Process by Jo Fong.

Jo Fong begins a new dance creation entitled The Audience.
She is looking for 2 professional contemporary dancers to join her for four weeks paid research from August to the end of September 2013

To kick start the development of the work she will be holding 2 open process weekends at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
20th, 21st, 27th and 28th July
10 – 6pm
The sessions are free of charge starting with a contemporary dance class led by Jo, then beginning the creative development of the piece with physical tasks and discussion.
If you are interested in taking part in one or both weekends sessions, please email your availability and CV to jo@jofong.com
www.jofong.com

Supported by Arts Council Wales, Sherman Cymru, Coreo Cymru and Chapter Arts Centre.