Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, theatre, opera and the visual arts.
Her eclectic career includes performances with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rosas (Belgium) and Rambert Dance Company. Recent collaborations include working with Wendy Houstoun, Sonia Hughes, Deborah Light, Unfinished Business, Skye Reynolds, National Theatre Wales, Welsh National Opera, Hull Dance and Quarantine.
Jo is a Peilot Associate Artist with Chapter Arts Centre, Research Associate with SE Dance and Associate Artist with Chinese Arts Now (CAN). As an independent artist she has toured her choreographic work throughout the UK and to international festivals. Her work has been recognised and awarded by the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, Creative Wales Award and Wales Theatre Awards.
Ways of Being Together is a choreography for many people, developed through workshops, gatherings and pilot performances at Hull’s Year of Culture and Xintiandi Festival, Shanghai. The work explores connection, conversation and communication. The act and art of bringing people together. Ways of Being Together was recently performed by 46 people who like to move for Cardiff Dance Festival 2017.
Neither Here Nor There was created with writer and perfromer Sonia Hughes for Experimentica Festival, Chapter. 2018. Touring commences in January 2019.
An Invitation… is currently touring the UK and international venues. The work was selected for both British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015 and British Dance Edition 2016.
Witness – Portraits of Women Who Dance is a film installation exploring ideas about being seen. The work toured the UK and was presented at British Dance Edition 2014.
Dialogue – A Double Act toured internationally with Dance Roads 2014.
Watching is an audio visual work made in collaboration with artist, Heloise Godfrey-Talbot 2014.
These creative processes have and continue to bring people together through performances, workshops and discussions.
The work 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 knowledge, agility and experience with a raw, rebellious and curious spirit. I endeavour to understand further and explore the scope for movement to communicate and to cultivate work that is generous, engaging and embodies an alternative beauty.
With my team of collaborators I strive to create and present high quality contemporary work that uses movement, but is created through multiple art forms and performance techniques. The work creates shared experiences, as an audience member, performer or as participant. It seeks to invite an open exchange and immediacy through arts creation and opportunities that aim to promote and support inclusivity and the value of art to everyone. At the heart of the work are the people – their skills, their aptitude for excellence, collaboration, sharing and creating a dialogue that embraces creativity, integrity and learning.
Jo Fong’s creative work has been supported by Arts Council Wales, Arts Council England, Diverse Actions, Chinese Arts Now, Creative Scotland, Fieldwork, British Council, Sherman Cymru, Chapter Arts Centre, Dance House and Coreo Cymru.
Selected Movement Direction and Choreography
2014-2018 | An Invitation… Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Festival 2014, The Place Theatre 2015, Dance International Glasgow, Dance Base, British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015. British Dance Edition 2016.
2018 | Der Zaubertrank working alongside director Polly Graham for St.Gallen Opera, Switzerland.
2017 | Ways of Being Together premiered at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Dance Festival.
2017 | Bridge commissioned by Xintiandi Arts Festival, Shanghai. A site specific work created with local performers.
2017 | Belonging for Hull’s Year of Culture, Transgressions Dance Festival, commissioned by Hull Dance
2017 | Le Vin herbé working alongside director Polly Graham for Welsh National Opera’s new production.
2015-2017 | PITCH is a collaboration with Skye Reynolds. PITCH Premiered at Dance Base, Edinburgh Festival 2016.
2016 | Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera – Movement Director, collaborating with Dir. Polly Graham
2015 | National Theatre Wales’ Mother Courage directed by John McGrath – Movement Director
2014 | Dialogue – A Double Act Toured to Montreal, Bordeaux, Cardiff, Turin and Arnhem.
2014 | Watching Audio-visual work made in collaboration with Heloise Godfrey-Talbot.
2014 | Is this Dancing? Short film made in Collaboration with Filipe Alcada and Eeva-Maria Mutka presented at the Bodies in Land Festival Wales
2011-2014 | Witness – Portraits of Women Who Dance Dance Film Installation toured throughout the UK and was presented at Tramway Glasgow as part of British Dance Edition 2014.
2011-2012 | Wild Swans at the American Repertory Theatre, Boston and Young Vic Theatre, Movement Associate
2010 | Nabucco opera production supported by the International Foundation for Arts and Culture Directed by Oshima Takashi and performed at the Shinjuku Bunka Centre, Tokyo
2002 | The Woman Who… presented at Dartington College of Arts
1999 | Allow Me commissioned by the Isleworth Music Festival
Selected Performance – Dance, Film, Digital Dance and Theatre
2011-2018 | Quarantine theatre productions Entitled and Wallflower – directed by Richard Gregory
2014-2015 | Wendy Houstoun’s Stupid Women Juncture Festival and Nott Dance.
2013 | Sean Tuan John‘s Happiness Repeats itself
1994-2010 | Mark Bruce Company productions include Sea of Bones, Lovesick, Dive, Angel, Helen, Blackbird/Red Rose, Love and War and Dance Hall At Louse Point
2001+2010 | Royal Exchange Theatre’s productions of Peer Gynt and The Bacchae directed by Braham Murray
2006 | Finn Walker’s Man and Woman for Ricochet
2005 | DV8 Physical Theatre’s Just For Show directed by Lloyd Newson
2001-2005 | Sarah Warsop’s Orange Gina, Spirit Level, Bye commissioned by Snag Project
2004 | Esther Balfe’s Fake Space 2 commissioned by Tanz Theater Wien
2004 | National Theatre Company’s Cyrano De Bergerac directed by Howard Davies
2003 | Second Hand choreographed by Chris Ho for Channel 4
2000-2003 | Arc Dance Company’s productions of Brothers, Elegy, Saints and Shadows, Hamlet directed by Kim Brandstrup
1998-2001 | Jeremy James and Company’s performances include Juice, Parts, My Big Pants, Cheese, The day I stopped, Gaps, Lapse and Relapse
1997-1999 | Colin Poole’s Saturn and The Work
1992-1994 | Rosas directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaker performing Rosas danst Rosas, Erts, Mikrocosmos, Mozart Concert Arias
1990 -1991 | Extemporary Dance Theatre
Associate Artist positions
2018 | Chinese Arts Now
2016 – 18 | Chapter Arts Centre
2017-18 | Research Associate at SE Dance
2011 – 14 | Coreo Cymru
2010 | Sherman Cymru
2018 | Ways of Being Together is nominated for a Wales Theatre Award
2018 | Le Vin Herbe won best opera Wales Theatre Awards
2017 | An Invitation… is nominated for the Wales Theatre Awards
2017 | Kommilitonen! won Best Opera Wales Theatre Awards
2015 | 2016 Creative Wales Award
2002 | Outstanding Young Female Dancer (Modern) by the Critic’s Circle’s National Dance Awards
2001 | Nominated for Best Newcomer Award by the Critic’s Circle’s National Dance Awards
1995- 2018 | Jo is an experienced dance and movement leader and shares the work and her expertise as a workshop leader, teacher, mentor, rehearsal director or as assistant. Currently she regularly teaches at both National Dance Company Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
2016 | Jo became a trustee of community dance centre Rubicon, Cardiff