Based in Cardiff, Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, theatre and the visual arts. As a dancer, her agility, curiosity and infectiously raw and rebellious spirit underpinned a highly distinguished career with major dance companies including Rosas, Rambert Dance Company, Mark Bruce Company and National Dance Theatre Wales. That ethos and passion carries through to her choreographic and directorial work which remains physical in essence but incorporates voice and text, and is not prejudiced against body type.
An Invitation… is a unique and complex work that blurs the boundaries of dance and challenges the conventions traditionally associated with the exchange between spectator and performer. Seated in an intimate traverse-style space that places the audience members in close proximity to each other, we are openly invited to study and appreciate the people around us; unaware that we will soon be plunged into uncertainty about the identities of the ‘real’ performers in the room and inadvertently start to contribute to the ever-evolving structure and content of this playful, spontaneous and unnerving production.
In the press
"Jo Fong is something of a legend on the UK contemporary dance scene. She's worked with everyone, from Rosas to DV8 to Rambert, and has a reputation as a charismatic performer and a relentlessly inquiring choreographer" Luke Jennings, The Observer
“It’s as beautiful as it is unnerving, the joy of movement celebrated as the performers – like the audience – work their way through an understanding. It’s an experience, one you shouldn’t miss." Thea Hawlin, Broadway Baby
Number of people on stage4
Number of people in touring company3
FreightNo freight necessary
Touring AvailabilityFrom January 2016
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space14m x 5m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
Production dates25 – 26 AUGUST
Production times1415 – 1515, 1600 – 1700
Jo Fong is an experienced teacher and workshop leader. She shares her practice with professionals, students and community groups both in the UK and internationally. She also supports and mentors choreographers and dancers, helping to evolve their individual practices and lending a professional and experienced eye over making processes.
Dialogue - A Double Act, Watching