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Final-Year Students Showcase Their Talent in Arts Centre Performance


Unknown Pleasures 2015Director, performer, film-maker and choreographer Jo Fong, along with final-year performing arts students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Swansea are preparing to present the latest instalment of the ‘Unknown Pleasures’ series.

‘Unknown Pleasures’ is an annual professional partnership between an experimental Welsh practitioner, Taliesin Arts Centre and UWTSD Swansea's performing arts programme. It is an idea originally conceived by Volcano Theatre Company.

The performance, entitled ‘Making Belief’, is led by Jo Fong and is about what we were, what we are and what we may become. It’s about dreams, hope and indefinable potential. It will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June at the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea. Each performance starts at 7:30pm. Tickets for the show, £9 and £7 for concessions, can be purchased via the Taliesin Arts Centre on 01792 602060.

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Jo Fong has been performing for 25 years with companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Rosas (Belgium) and Rambert Dance Company. Recent performance work includes Wendy Houstoun’s Stupid Women and Deborah Light’s HIDE. She is currently working on various theatre projects with Quarantine, Unfinished Business and a collaboration with National Theatre Wales on a new production of Mother Courage.

Her work is thought-provoking and centred around people, dancers or players who translate, reveal or perform. It is grounded in the idea of honesty in performance and looks under the skin: the psychological drives, motivations or inherent characteristics of an individual or group, creating a shared and considered relationship with an audience.

In conjunction with the perfomances, UWTSD will host a Symposium entitled ‘Responding to Risk. Alongside panel debates and workshops there will be two keynote speakers – Gilly Adams and Dr Jennifer Hartley.

Gilly Adams is a freelance theatre maker, story facilitator, workshop leader and teacher who specialises in creative writing and the development of text and scripts for performance, storytelling and ceremony. Dr Jenifer Hartley is an award-winning director, writer and applied theatre practitioner who has been recogniosed for her work nationally and internationally.

Jason Benson, UWTSD Performing Arts Programme Director, said: “Every year the Unknown Pleasures projects have been wonderfully successful. They are a unique fusion of professional exploration and student engagement. Each year, UWTSD approaches a different professional artist. Their remit is to create experimental innovative theatre. Therefore the ethos is one of creative risk which we hope influences the students connected with the project, and makes for unique, original and exciting work.”

Further Information

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