Workshops

Classes and workshops are available for professional level, student groups, community or theatre groups. Workshops are tailored to suit the group and their needs. These can be centred around repertoire material, creative experimentation for choreography, movement for theatre practitioners or improvisation techniques. Workshops give an insight to the creative methods of Jo’s work and offer invaluable advice and feedback.

Classes Jo’s working practice is an evolving, interactive and a playful approach. Play has become the very nature of how Jo approaches her body, her voice, her performance roles and her making processes. In the studio-based classes, Jo shares the instigations and the receptive and active techniques. An efficient, imaginative and dynamic approach.

Ways of Being Together  is a series of workshops, discussions and performances centred around the idea of Belonging – A Sense of Belonging. Jo leads 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.

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.

At this time it seems essential to work on our Ways of Being Together.

We walk, we talk, we listen, breath, see, observe… Dance has a special place in this face to face, touch, respond – hearing ourselves, each other, being seen, the value of our bodies, movement, presence, proximity, growing a physical sensitivity and our own physical power.

A great deal of the project is about meeting people well. As a language she has been working on a self generating score, simple instructions / games that play out, encouraging awareness, listening, range, presence and also simple acts like noticing.

Workshops based on current work take the form of guided improvisations and work especially well with mixed groups. Initially the warm up is about relationships with our own bodies and voices following individual and inherent desires. Working from the inside of the body to the outside the process incorporates a sense of play, listening, response and investigation.

Jo’s practice is influenced by her eclectic experiences in many dance and theatre performance styles.


“Jo Fong is an extraordinarily gifted dance artist. The workshops that she teaches for Rambert School have given our students a real insight into finding new ways of moving. The depth of Jo’s experience and artistry is always delivered with sensitivity and generosity, helping our students to find their own creative voices.” 
 

Barry Ganberg, Head of Musical & Choreographic Studies, Rambert School.


For enquiries, prices and further discussion about workshops, classes and residencies that would be suitable for your group contact workshops@jofong.com


Previous workshops include:

  • Bristol Dance
  • Volcano Theatre, Swansea
  • Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
  • Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Dance International Glasgow
  • Dance Base Edinburgh
  • Interplay/14 International Contemporary Dance Festival
  • Dance International Glasgow, Tramway
  • Budapest Dance Company
  • Take Art – Somerset
  • Milton Keynes Dance Centre
  • Welsh Independent Dance
  • Royal Ballet School, London
  • Middlesex University
  • Bangor University

Previous choreography for students include:

  • Swansea University
  • Rubicon Dance
  • Willows High School, Cardiff
  • Laban Centre
  • Koeln Dance School

Previous professional level contemporary and ballet classes include companies such as:

  • Siobhan Davies Dance Company
  • New Adventures
  • Mark Bruce Company
  • DV8 Physical Theatre
  • Random Dance Company
  • Greenwich Dance Agency
  • The Place Open Classes
  • Pro Dance Leeds
  • Groundwork Pro Cardiff
  • Ballet Cymru
  • Bi Ma Dance Company
  • Arc Dance Company
  • National Dance Company Wales

Previous teaching for dance and theatre schools

  • Rambert Dance School
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Bath Spa University
  • Aberystwyth University
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • Laban Centre
  • Skolen for Moderne Dance, Copenhagen
  • Dance School of Ekaterinburg Contemporary Arts Centre

Movement leader for theatre and opera

  • Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Quarantine Theatre
  • Wales National Youth Opera
  • Young Vic Theatre
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Photo Credit: Filipe Alcada

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