Campaign


A project created for a Sync Leadership workshop investigating models of cultural leadership. As artist in residence for the the workshop I responded to the discussion and programme by thinking about the linear way we often think about leadership and using the format of electoral campaigning I asked participants to create a manifesto and soapbox style campaign speech, complete with rosettes, for a candidate who has inspired them in some way.

How We Collaborate


A collaboration with Mel Shearsmith for a chain-letter performance project, hosted by Residence, looking at new forms of collaboration.


Working in response to the previous performances and in relation to the site and each other we made a short 1 to 1 performance in a dusty disused shop space. More information on the project can be found here

Book Labyrinth


An immersive devised theatre show for ages 6+ which explores momentary worlds and evocative images conjured up from scenes from well-loved children's books. More info can be found here

A Bath Theatre Royal Production in association with Bath Literature Festival, for World Book Day. Dramatrugy by Jo Bannon.

A Field of Vision

Jo Bannon in collaboration with Manuel Vason


Field of Vision is a series of three portraits made in collaboration with people with visual impairments exploring the intricacies of how we look and how we are looked at.


Working with photographer Manuel Vason, I have collaborated with Neil Harbisson, Jane Klemen and Simon Webb, to create individual portraits which attempt to convey both how they see the world and, as the subjects of the portraits, how they are seen.


“I’m interested in attempting an impossible task; to see the world through someone else’s eyes. How possible is it to convey how you see to another? As a visually impaired person, vision has always been something that is specific, contested, in flux and difficult to communicate.”


These portraits have been exhibited as part of Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre, London and at Itau Cultural, Sao Paulo.


Supported by Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists.

Produced by MAYK

Photo Credit: Manuel Vason

Vision(s)


Vision(s) is a performance encounter exploring blind spots; both biological, psychological and historical. The human eye takes shortcuts. In any one moment it cannot assimilate all the visual information coming from any singular image, the depth, colours, shapes, it’s all too much, too fast. In these instances it refers to the past, scrolling through all the things you’ve already seen. It makes an assumption. A leap of faith. It tells you what you see.


“Beautiful and contemplative, Visions, by @missjobannon is well worth checking out if you can get a slot.”                                                  - Tanuja Amarasuriya, Theatre Bristol


We’ve all got blind spots, parts of our identity we can only guess at. In this short encounter I will begin tracing an identity made up of vision and visions, imprints, and guesswork. The blind spots between the stories we tell of ourselves and the stories told about us.


Credits: Created by Jo Bannon.

Commissioned by MAYK and Bristol Ferment for Mayfest 2013. Further development is supported by Residence.

Images: Paul Blakemore


Of Halos and Subsun

by Peoples in Pieces


Of Halos and Subsun is an immersive performance for a small audience who are seated inside a den-like structure. Working predominantly with light, shadows, soundscapes and spoken text the den’s canvas becomes a primitive cinema screen on which fleeting worlds are conjured and collapsed.


Using domestic tools and playing with scale and perception, images play with and lay bare the production of illusion. a leaf seen through torchlight  becomes a forest, a bag of flour becomes a mountain and transports you to the arctic,


This work is interested in the duality of the way in which weather affects us; intimately as individuals and unavoidably existential as a collective. This is reflected through the way the audience is asked to view and participate in the work; together, collectively, producing a common climate.


Peoples in Pieces


Peoples in Pieces were an experimental theatre company which I co-founded in 2006. We worked together until 2008 making performance for theatres, galleries and public spaces which were concerned with climate in the audience, making weather, shifting scale and celebrated a laboratory style aesthetic.

15 Storms in a Teacup

by Peoples in Pieces


15 Storms in a Teacup is an immersive theatre piece for a small audience, cultivated from our very kitchens, which mixes the mundane with the quietly spectacular. It is an attempt to conjure micro-weather systems in a teacup, jar or closest domestic appliance. Through half closed eyelids enter our world of miniatures and kitchen sink science where tornados are mastered and sandstorms and typhoons are born.


15 Storms in a Teacup negotiates with the nature of humanness, attempting to make evident our internal and external weather systems. Our experiments are small scale and make shift in nature. They are as tentative and fragile as the human hand trying to conjure them. We call rain to us, beckon thunderstorms and attempt to sit together amidst the storm.


Peoples in Pieces


Peoples in Pieces were an experimental theatre company which I co-founded in 2006. We worked together until 2008 making performance for theatres, galleries and public spaces which were concerned with climate in the audience, making weather, shifting scale and celebrated a laboratory style aesthetic. www.peoplesinpieces.blogspot.com


Credits: Created by Peoples in Pieces: Jo Bannon, Birgit Binder, Rebecca Hall and Scott Harris. Developed with the support of Arnolfini.

Images: Rebecca Hall