The Audience – Open Process

Workshop and Studio event led by Jo Fong

The Audience is an ever-evolving work, where the drama is in what is happening right now.

‘Open Process’ is a workshop and performed event drawn from a research period in 2013. An ongoing study that shares themes and performance techniques from Jo’s new work ‘An Invitation…’.

The inspiration comes from Jo’s experiences of showing work-in-progress and how these events reveal work in its most live state, communicating with audiences in a heightened and fragile form. The aim is to make something that is alive, spontaneous and honest as though it is being created now.

The work involves the public as collaborators in its creation. To date there have been over 80 collaborators who have participated in the project including professional dancers, teachers, actors and students.


“It felt like we connected as a group on a human level rather than just being vessels to learn / create/ deliver a performance. The process and sharing built up a great amount of trust and commitment between us all. There was a sense of saying ‘yes’ and continuing the forwards momentum of creative ideas which then translated into a comfortable setting for an audience to be present.” Effie McGuire Ward – Participant


The Audience – Open Process is about the people in the room.

Each studio-based workshop will start with a simple warm up or technique class that is appropriate for the group. We spend the days exploring different ideas around the themes of communication and response.

We play in uncertainty, miscommunication, conversation, lost in translation, getting to know one another, the desire to be understood… the list goes on.

We try out a different way to “perform”, be in the space and share with each other and an audience.

We don’t plan what will happen but we try to prepare. We move, talk, create together and on the final day we open the studio to an audience. The audience have their own part to play.

If you facilitate creative performance groups and are interested in The Audience – Open Process. Please contact jo@jofong.com


One or two week residency

Participants can be anyone from professionals to those who dance for fitness or fun. This event is also suitable for theatre practitioners.

“Jo’s sensitivity, engaging and truly holistic approach to dance has inspired us all!! ‘Nurture’, a dance collective of local independent artists in South Wales had the exceptional fortune of working intensively with Jo Fong. The exchange and journey was rich, rewarding and has injected a reignited passion and vitality to drive the creative dialogue for Nurture participants based at Rubicon Dance.” Paul Davies based at Rubicon Dance.

Material that is explored and created in all of the open process workshops is being documented by visual artist Heloise Godfrey-Talbot.

As the work evolves the list of people keeps growing. There are too many to mention though we would like to thank them all for their contribution.


Credits:
Photo Credit: Filipe Alcada & Heloise Godfrey-Talbot

Contributors and Collaborators:The Audience – Open Process has been developed with contributions from professional artists, teachers, members of Rubicon’s Nurture performance group and Cardiff audiences.

As the work evolves the list of people keeps growing. There are too many to mention though we would like to thank them all for their contribution.

Special thanks to: Jamie Morgans, Matt Mulligan, Nick Minns, Laura Lee Greenhalgh, Beth Powlesland, Morgan Thomas, Sally Varrall, Richard Huw Morgan, Colin Ricketts, Aleksandra Jones, Cet Haf and members of Nurture at Rubicon Dance.

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