I am a UK artist making live art and performance. At the core of my work is a fascination with encounter, exchange and the hope and futility which this endeavor entails. My work explores how our sensory systems and physical bodies experience the world around us. How our fragile bodies intersect and interrupt our environment and how live performance and encounters might be used as a strategy for and against this.
As a result my work often manifests as intimate encounters designed for one person or small audiences. Sometimes I perform in actual theatres but mostly you can find me everywhere from the royal box at the Barbican, to the Bristol Old Vic tool cupboard.
I have presented work in the UK and Europe at SPILL Festival, The Barbican London, Arnolfini and Mayfest Bristol, BAC, The Basement, Brighton, PAD, Mainz and In Between Time, Bristol. I am In Between Time associate artist and founder member of Residence.
“The wonderful Bristol artist Jo Bannon”- Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“one of the best things I’ve heard or seen it quite some time…captivating to both experience and to hear. With dark comedy and Bannon giving a brilliant theatrical performance…”
– A Younger Theatre
“Jo’s work is expertly edited; it is both a joy and a treasure to be given a moment which you may feel is unique to you…It is awkward, charming, comforting and true. Words are not needed by the end and this work is certainly very special. To fully know one’s self may be impossible, but Bannon gives us a chance to explore that possibility”
– Total Theatre on Exposure
www.jobanno.co.uk Twitter: @missjobannon
Reviews and writings
A Younger Theatre
Expousre image – Manuel Vason
Dead Line Image – Paul Blakemore
Foley Image – Carl Newland