Teaching and leading physical workshops are on hold. Jo has been hosting Open Practice where studio space is available.
Sonia and I are leading sessions via zoom based on our work together. We’ve led sessions for university students and devised a workshop called Nettles: How to disagree? These were recently hosted by Arts Admin and g39.
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.
“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 went on to be re-created CAN Festival in London, Feb 2020. The intital workshops for this development took place in October 2018 as part of China Changing at Southbank Centre, London.
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 is 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 developed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Gather Up, Bristol
- 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