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SAT 12 NOV – SUN 13 NOV 2022, 11AM - 7PM

PERFORMANCE II
HOW SHALL WE BEGIN AGAIN?





How Shall We Begin Again? is a new performance initiated by artist Jo Fong: a two-day live installation, created and performed by 50 people.

“How can I describe the performance…
a live installation; a creative action;
between portraiture, protest and something like a prayer.
Just a moment, to be in the moment.”  - Jo Fong


How Shall We Begin Again?
is a collective action. Each person involved is invited to contribute twelve pieces of music of which three are randomly selected and played for them in no particular order. This live installation is about returning to the body, returning to ourselves. Each person interprets this opportunity. Taking up space, being seen, being present and for some it’s simply about liveness: the act of being in the moment.

Across the two days of the performance, nothing repeats. Audience members are invited to book a ticket for the time they want to arrive and then stay as long as they like.


Created and performed by 50 people:
Amelia Zhou, Annie Pui Ling Lok, April Lin, Ben Ash, Cai Tomos, Carlos Trenado, Charly Monreal, Cheniece Warner, Clara Nüzel Liang, Dawn Collins, Dermot Farrell, DJ Hassan, Elina Akhmetova, Ellis Legg, Emily Lue-Fong, Ghost Chan, Guido Orgs, Haeeun Lee, Iris Yi Po Chan, James Baker, Jamie Ward, Jane Chan, Jay Yule, Jemima Hoadley, Jia-Yu Corti, Jo Fong, Joe Wild, John Chan, Katherine Hall, Kayjay Maseko, Korina Biggs, Kuan-Yu Chen, Loe D’Arcy, Luisa Mateo Dupleich Rozo, Marc Stevenson, Matthias Sperling, Nareg Khachatoorian, Paulina Porwollik, Rachel Davies, Rachel Cooke, Renée Bellamy, Saurav Roy, Shamiso Oneka, Shivaangee Agrawal, Sophie Nüzel, Takako Hasegawa, Théïa Maldoom, Temitope Ajose, Uma Hung Ayala Lok, Vincent Chiu, Xi-mali Kadeena-Guscoth, Yuyu Wang, Zhaolin Zhou.

Artist: Jo Fong
Artistic Support: Temitope Ajose, Elina Akhmetova, Jia-Yu Corti, Jay Yule
Lighting Creative Advisor: Nao Nagai
Technician: Mo Yousef
Audio Description Design: Shivaangee Agrawal

How Shall We Begin Again? was performed at Siobhan Davies Studios on 12 & 13 November 2022, continuing from 11am-7pm each day.

Images from How Shall We Begin Again? performed at Siobhan Davies Studios, November 2022
Videos by Ana de Matos (CAMEYE) 


Full programme

Jo Fong’s Poem, written during the process of creating How Shall We Begin Again?

Reviews of How Shall We Begin Again?
Kate Hall, Jumped Up Theatre
Jennifer Ramm



“Dance this dangerous, this bold, cuts to the humanity in us all.”
- Kate Hall on How Shall We Begin Again?




ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jo Fong

Jo is a Creative Associate with the Wales Millennium Centre. She has been dancing and making for 30 years and began her career with Rosas, Rambert and DV8 Physical Theatre to name a few.

Recent performances and events; Ways of Being Together, Neither Here Nor There, To Tell You the Truth, Our Land, What Will People Need?, Nettles: How to Disagree? and The Sun’s Come Out created in collaboration with artist Sonia Hughes. A Brief History of Difference with Das Clarks, Marathon of Intimacies with artist Anushiye Yarnell, Jo contributed to Luke Hereford’s Grandmother’s Closet at the Wales Millennium Centre, and she presented The Rest of Our Lives at the This is Wales Edinburgh Showcase with clown and circus maker George Orange.

In February 2022, Jo gathered 14 artists and their guests for a two-week shared residency, Ways of Being Together Toynbee Takeover, London. Ways of Being Together has evolved into an artist-led community creating space and time to reconnect, repair, replenish and explore performance making and co-creation. The annual convergence is layered, centring learning, support, coming out and actioning change.

A first draft sharing of How Shall We Begin Again? was created in 2021 with members of Striking Attitudes, which is a company of older performers and guests.

Alongside NEUROLIVE and Siobhan Davies Studios (London), to date, Jo and How Shall We Begin Again? have been supported by Arts Council of Wales, Chapter, Ty Dawns/The Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre (Cardiff), and Arts Council England, Jumped Up Theatre, Moving Roots and The Key Theatre (Peterborough).

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A European Research Council funded project