Alba


A powerful story of paleness, blending in and standing out.


“I was born on the day the Pope came to Coventry, my home town. In my family this unexpected appearance was perceived as a blessing. A sublime gift.”


Influenced by her experience as a person with albinism, Jo Bannon uses blinding light, proximity, movement and sound to create an extraordinary visual poem.


“Bannon’s hair shimmers like a beacon in the darkness as she leads us on a quiet, reflective and wry journey excavating her own history and reminding us that there are many ways of seeing: ourselves and others.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

Alba explores the stories we tell of ourselves and the stories told about us, the myths we inherit and the ones we embody, the identities we cannot shake off and so instead perform.

Alba premiered at Arnolfini as part of In Between Time in Feb 2015. It has been performed at Oval House and Forest Fringe, Edinburgh. Alba will be starting a UK tour from summer 2016.


Read interview with Jo here.

To Book

Staged performance   |  Duration: 50mins

If you are a programmer and would like a DVD of the work or would like more information please contact me.


Created by Jo Bannon.

Dramaturg: Nic Green

Sound Design: Yas Clarke

Lighting Design: Jo Palmer


Commissioned and produced by In Between Time with Ovalhouse & Pink Fringe. Supported by Residence.

Developed through Fuel’s Jerwood Residencies at Cove Park which are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.



Photo Credits: Paul Blakemore