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. Jo regularly works with inclusive dance and theatre groups, elders groups and people who simply love to move. Sessions 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 sessions Jo shares the instigations and the receptive and active techniques. An efficient, imaginative and dynamic approach.


Workshop comment – Shropshire Inclusive Dance

“The rich sense of trust that was there… the fascinating mix the day had of being both robust and vigorous, yet also appropriately sensitive and caring; the playful sense, at times, of being thrown about like a ballet dancer or acrobat, yet also feeling empowered, at ease, in enough control. It was all quite delightful. And fun!”  Satyo


Repertoire related workshops

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 developed as part of the creative process for a new work for Cardiff Dance Festival, Nov 2017.

This study is currently being developed for a re-creation entitled Assemble for CAN Festival in London, Jan/Feb 2020.

The intital workshops took place in October 2018 as part of China Changing at Southbank Centre, London. 

If you are interested in taking part in this recreation please contact workshops@jofong.com

Click here for images from the initial Ways of Being Together workshop

Studio time is part of a larger conversation about community, participation, inclusivity, integration 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 this practice is about meeting people well. As a language Jo has been developing 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 function especially well with mixed groups flexing our ability to move with others. 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 making processes and performance.


“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


Jo regularly teaches professional level classes at National Dance Company Wales and lectures at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Previous workshops and classes include:

  • Bristol Dance
  • SE Dance
  • Southbank Centre, London.
  • Volcano Theatre, Swansea
  • Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
  • Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Dance International Glasgow
  • Dance Base Edinburgh
  • Interplay International Contemporary Dance Festival
  • Dance International Glasgow, Tramway
  • Budapest Dance Company
  • Take Art – Somerset
  • Milton Keynes Dance Centre
  • Welsh Independent Dance
  • 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
  • Siobhan Davies Dance Company
  • Shropshire Inclusive Dance

Previous choreography for students include:

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

Previous workshops for dance or theatre schools and Universities

  • 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
  • Royal Ballet School, London
  • University of South Wales
  • Middlesex University
  • Bangor University
  • Hijinx Academi

Movement leader for theatre and opera

  • Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Quarantine Theatre
  • Wales National Youth Opera
  • Welsh National Opera
  • St. Gallen Opera
  • Young Vic Theatre
Credits:
Photo Credit: Jamie Morgans, Simon Banham and Heloise Godfrey - Talbot

2 comments on “Workshops”

  1. Azmin Rehemtulla Reply

    Would it be possible to join your ways of being workshop in Brighton? It sounds amazing.
    Thanks
    Azmin 07973 336174

    • jothechoreographer Reply

      So sorry to not recieve your message earlier, my hope is that you are one of the people who managed to get a place on the day, but also apologies if you were unable to book a place. I hope to return to Brighton to continue the work later in the year.
      Certainly I will be in Brighton with a show called Wallflower by Quarantine. All in planning stage at the moment but do look out for the event, I think its pretty special. All the best Jo

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