How does the dancer speak? - A workshop with Katye Coe
10:00 AM10:00

How does the dancer speak? - A workshop with Katye Coe

This workshop is intended for people who have recent and/or significant experience as a professional performer; it is not limited to any particular style or context for dance, with the clear aim that people from different fields, genres, cultural contexts and work situations will attend and form a community for the day. The workshop is an extension of an initial lab that Katye held at Independent Dance earlier this year.

Katye invites dancers to share her research and questions:
What does the experience of dancing bring when it is spoken?
Why and how does this body of experience matter?

With a strong belief that dancing matters and can speak boldly into political and social arenas, Katye proposes that the time in which dance is a vehicle for change has already begun…

The day will consist of a series of proposals. These proposals will be encountered as a group, through activities of dancing, talking, active listening, sharing food and finding the written word.

Katye Coe is a dancer based in the UK. Her work as a performer spans over 20 years of international performance practice and as a dancer she collaborates currently with Joe Moran, Florence Peake, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Keira Greene, Charlie Morrissey, Stefan Jevanovic. 

Between 2008 and 2016 Katye was the founder director of Summer Dancing and Decoda. She was course director for Dance at Coventry University between 2010 and 2016. 

Katye teaches independently across the UK and internationally and her teaching practice is an extension of her performance practice. Katye is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher. 

Katye is the 2018/2019 Torchlight Artist at Siobhan Davies Dance; Katye is a member of the Sadlers Wells Summer University Cohort (2015 - 2019)

She is currently studying for a PhD at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, supervised by Simon Ellis, Suzanne Foellmer and Jonathan Burrows.


Age: 16+

Workshop: 10am - 5pm

We will have lunch together and all participants are invited to bring food to share with each other.

The venue is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.

To find out more about access and getting to Circomedia, please visit:

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Photo: Camilla Greenwell


Bristol based participants: £25

Concession: £20 (available to those travelling from outside Bristol)

Booking ahead is required to secure a place.


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6:30 PM18:30


  • Interval (above St. Nichloas Market) (map)
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We are throwing a Spring party to get together, eat and to share a bit more about what we are up to and our hopes for our first GATHER UP programme. 

We will also make space to hear your thoughts about what we have been doing so far, and to hear about your own needs, hopes and aspirations with regards to your practice interests and development.

First and foremost, we will feast to bring in the lighter days together, catch up and connect with other artists and organisations working in dance in Bristol. 

We would love you to be there!

If you would like to attend please RSVP by emailing us at with a link to one of your favourite songs that connects you to the season of Spring.

We will gather all of your songs into a playlist to have them playing as we feast!

Please RSVP by Monday 29th April so that we can provide the right amount of food for everyone, thank you!

This event is FREE

We will do the more formal bit and food will be served from 7.30pm.

Children are welcome and if you can only pop in for some of the evening just let us know!

The feast will be vegan. Get in touch if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Bring your own beverages to share!

Interval is up 2 flights of stairs with no lift access, we are sorry if this causes any inconvenience this time round. We will be hosting our next gathering in the Summer in a venue with much better access!

I love the title of the programme - Gather Up - it has an urgency to “get together”, to be dynamic. It reminds us to “Act”.
— workshop participant
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Movement workshop and gathering with JO FONG - Together
10:00 AM10:00

Movement workshop and gathering with JO FONG - Together

Jo Fong is an artist living and working in Cardiff. Her work reflects the need in these times for people to come together. Her practice has been informed by notions of inclusivity, participation and is about being present, this moment, communication, listening, face to face encounters and the idea of forming community.

10 - 2.00pm: Studio based movement workshop

Jo’s working practice is an evolving, interactive and playful approach, incorporating aspects of release, yoga, contact and voice techniques. As a language she has been working on self-generating scores, simple instructions/games that play out, making connection, encouraging awareness, range, presence, multiple outcomes and simple acts like noticing.

Open-level workshop suitable for the expert and non-expert: dancers, actors, makers, circus performers, teachers and group leaders. For people who love to move and are interested in moving together.

“At the heart of the work are the people - their skills, instincts, their aptitude for excellence, collaboration, sharing and together creating a dialogue that embraces creativity, integrity and learning.” - Jo Fong

3 - 4.30pm: Discussion

Jo shares her current making processes and leads a conversation around the question What is Community?

Jo also wants to make room for discussing a current trend that sees artists act as social workers, well-being and health experts or community leaders, airing something of the complexity in the merging of roles and of the responsibilities at play.

About Jo

Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, theatre, opera and the visual arts. Her practice is influenced by her eclectic experiences in many dance and theatre making processes and performance. These include performances with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rosas (Belgium) and Rambert Dance Company. Recent collaborations include working with Wendy Houstoun, Sonia Hughes, Deborah Light, Unfinished Business, Skye Reynolds, National Theatre Wales, Welsh National Opera, Hull Dance and Quarantine.
Jo is a Peilot Associate Artist with Chapter Arts Centre, Research Associate with SE Dance and Associate Artist with Chinese Arts Now (CAN). As an independent artist she has toured her choreographic work throughout the UK and to international festivals. Her work has been recognised and awarded by the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, Creative Wales Award and Wales Theatre Awards.


To participate in full day: £25

Concession full day: £20 (available to those travelling from outside Bristol)

To attend the talk only from  3 - 4.30pm: £5

Limited availability. Booking ahead is required to secure a place.

To book your place complete this booking form.


Age: 16+

Wear comfortable clothing. Soft shoes or trainers will be useful for part of the movement workshop.

Bring something for your lunch. We will provide some food to share.

The venue is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.

To find out more about access and getting to Circomedia, please visit:

If you have access requirements please let us know in advance:

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