Jo Bannon


Presented by The Basement/East by South East, Contact + Word of Warning during Flying Solo Festival 2014

####In Brief A tender and tentative look into autobiography, asking how fully we can reveal ourselves — to ourselves, to another, with another.

Watch trailer here.

####Venue + Booking Details
(Day One: Wednesday 12 March 2014, 5-7pm + 8-9pm: all sold-out)
Day Two: Thursday 13 March 2014, every 15mins, 5-7pm + 8-9pm
Venue: Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Tickets: £3 / Free with a Sylvia Rimat/Kindle Theatre/Rachel Mars ticket | Special offer: buy ten + get one free

####Access Information
This is a one-to-one encounter lasting approximately 9 minutes; spoken word based, it takes place in a confined dark space. Age advisory: 17+

Exposure is the beginning of an investigation into how we look, how we are looked at and if we can ever really be seen. This intimate one-to-one performance is a tender and tentative look into autobiography, asking how fully we can reveal ourselves — to ourselves, to another, with another.

It comes out of a tentative enquiry Bannon is making into autobiography and into how she looks and appears in the world; this is informed by her relationship to the fact that she has albinism. Albinism, a condition which affects her pigmentation and also her sight, affects both how she physically sees and experience the world, and how she is seen and perceived.

####Who is she?
Jo Bannon is a UK-based artist making live art and performance. She has presented work in the UK and Europe, and is an In Between Time associate artist and founder member of Residence. She also works as a dramaturg and director for devised theatre and as a producer of performance and live art.

At the core of her work is a fascination with human exchange and the hope and futility which this endeavour entails. Her work explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience of living can only be conveyed in a faltering rudimentary language which continually fails to express how we see the world to each other. Her practice explores how live performance and encounters might be used as a strategy against this. As a result her work often manifests as intimate encounters designed for one person or small audiences alongside staged theatre work and installations.

####What people have said about her
A preview of Jo Bannon at Flying Solo by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner.
A 5* review of Exposure at Contact, by the Good review.

A candid, powerful and moving self-portrait which is free from nostalgia, but has a note of real melancholy.
Exeunt Magazine
…an extraordinary 10 minutes which considers not just how we look but what we choose to look at too.
Lyn Gardner , The Guardian
This step into the dark may cause trepidation but it’s a ten minute encounter well worth taking.
The Public Reviews

Created by Jo Bannon. Produced by MAYK. Image by Manual Vason.
Developed with the support of Rules and Regs + South Hill Park; further development supported by Bristol Ferment, Dartington Space with the support of the Dartington Hall Trust, The Basement, Residence, Royal West of England Academy, Arnolfini + BAC. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

####Websites | @missjobannon

Performance Programme Spring 2014

Tue 18 Feb, 8pm. £11/6 | Contact
The Good, the God and the Guillotine
Wed 26 Feb, 8pm. £9/5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts | Double Bill
A Cure for Ageing | Age Concerns (work-in-progress)
Wed 12 Mar, 7pm. £9/5 | Flying Solo at Contact
If You Decide To Stay
Wed 12 Mar, 9pm. £9/5 | Flying Solo at Contact
A Journey Round My Skull
Wed 12 (sold-out) + Thu 13 Mar, 5-9pm. £3 | Flying Solo at Contact
Thu 13 Mar, 7pm. £9/5 | Flying Solo at Contact
The Way You Tell Them
Thu 20 Mar, 8pm. £11/6 | Flying Solo at Contact
Major Tom
Thu 27 Mar, 8.30pm. £9/5 | Palaver at Contact
Near Gone
Fri 4 + Sat 5 Apr, 7.30pm. £9/5, two nights £11/6 | Contact
Turn 2014