Biography

Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, theatre and the visual arts.

Her eclectic performance career includes performances with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rosas (Belgium) and Rambert Dance Company. Recent collaborations include working with Wendy Houstoun, Deborah Light, Unfinished Business, Skye Reynolds, National Theatre Wales and Quarantine.

As an independent artist she has toured her choreographic work throughout the UK and international venues. Her work has been recognised and awarded by The Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, Creative Wales Award and Wales Theatre Awards.

Current projects include movement direction and choreographic works with Welsh National Opera, Shanghai Arts Festival and Hull’s Year of Culture. Jo recently embarked on her Creative Wales Award project entitled Ways of Being Together. The project explores the act and art of bringing people together and the creation of a large scale work for Cardiff Dance Festival Nov 2017.

Recent works:

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. 

An Invitation… toured the UK and was selected for both British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015 and British Dance Edition 2016.

These works were developed through a research process and open studio events called The Audience. The Audience is about connection, conversation and communication. This creative process has and continues to bring people together through performances and workshops.


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 was recently awarded the Peilot Associate Artist position with Chapter Arts Centre. Her work has been supported by Arts Council Wales, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, British Council, Sherman Cymru, Chapter Arts Centre, Dance House and Coreo Cymru.


Selected Movement Direction and Choreography

2017 | Le Vin herbé working alongside director Polly Graham for Welsh National Opera’s new production. Currently touring see NEWS

2015-2017 | PITCH is a collaboration with Skye Reynolds at Dance Base, Edinburgh Festival 2016. Touring continues see NEWS

2014-2016An Invitation… Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Festival 2014, The Place Theatre 2015, Dance International Glasgow, Dance Base, British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015. British Dance Edition 2016. 

2016 | Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera – Movement Director, collaborating with Director, 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.

2014Watching 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

2011-2014Witness – Portraits of Women Who Dance Dance Film Installation toured throughout the Uk and was presented at the 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

2010Talent for Welsh Independent Dance at the Wales Millennium Centre

2009How to use Curiosity in Ordinary Life for National Dance Company Wales

2008Falling created for Diversions Dance Company touring Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Theatr Brycheiniog, Riverfront Theatre and The Dance House, Cardiff

2006-2007Open Spaces – Tidal Edits for Snag Project at the Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House and Arnofini, Bristol

2005 | Flawless for Snag Project at the Clore Studio Theatre and The Purcell Room

2004-2005Show for Snag Project at the Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

2003-2004Lonely Hearts / Suspicious Minds for Snag Project at Queen Elizabeth Hall and Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

2001-2002 | Black Venus composed by Philip Cashian toured with guitarist Abigail James live concerts

2002 | The Woman Who… presented at Dartington College of Arts

2001 | Sleep Talking for Snag Project at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

1999 | Allow Me commissioned by the Isleworth Music Festival


Selected Dance, Film, Digital Dance and Theatre Performances

2011-2016 | 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

2011-2014 | Deborah Light’s HIDE UK tour and British Dance Edition 2014.

2011-2012 | Wild Swans production at the American Repertory Theatre, Boston and Young Vic Theatre directed by Sacha Wares

1994-2010Mark 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

2008-2009 | Nigel Charnock’s Lunatic for National Dance Company Wales

2007-2008 | Robin Dingemans’ productions Me + you = 5 and Very for The Place Prize

1999-2006 | Igloo directed by Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli, works include Viking Shoppers, Warstars and Summerbranch presentations include 52nd Venice Bienale   

2006 | Finn Walker’s Man and Woman for Ricochet

1999-2006 | Frank Bock and Simon Vincenzi’s Invisible Dances, performances include 37th Edition of the Venice International Theatre Biennale              

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

2002 | Electric Fur Screen based installation directed by Carol Brown  

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

1994-1999 | Rambert Dance Company directed by Christopher Bruce performed repertoire by choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin and Martha Clarke

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

2016 – 17 |  Chapter Arts Centre

2011 – 14 |  Coreo Cymru

2010 |  Sherman Cymru


Awards

2017 |  An Invitation… is nominated for the 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


Workshops, Artist Development and Classes

1995- 2016 | 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.


 2016 | Jo became a trustee of community dance centre Rubicon, Cardiff

Credits:
Photo credits:
Filipe Alcada, Simon Banham & Heloise Godfrey - Talbot