Jo Blake is a performer working across the disciplines of storytelling, theatre and dance. Her dynamic, poetic performance style draws upon traditional and contemporary practices, exploring current cultural and personal questions through the lens of the mythic.
She has trained with leading practitioners in the field of storytelling (Ben Haggarty, Hugh Lupton, Abbi Patrix, Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth), theatre (Song of the Goat, Complicite) and dance (Helen Poyner, the Tamalpa Life/Art process by Anna and Daria Halprin). She has recently completed a PhD in Storytelling Practices at the University of Chichester, and holds an MA with Distinction in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban and a First Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from the University of Winchester. She was nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Storytelling in 2009 and was Resident Storyteller at Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton from 2010–2013.
She continues to perform, teach and collaborate with prominent national and international institutions, including the National Trust, National Theatre and British Council, as well as established and emerging artists from diverse disciplines.
October 9th 2021 - Blodeuwedd Untold + post-show discussion with Dr Martin Shaw
7:30pm at Cygnet Theatre, Exeter
The 1 hour performance will be followed by a chance to hear Jo Blake in conversation with mythologist Dr Martin Shaw exploring trickster, myth and the feminine, and an opportunity for audience Q&A.
Tickets and further info here
September 22nd - 25th 2021 - 60 Miles by Road or Rail
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Find out more here: www.60milesbyroadorrail.co.uk.
Book tickets here
May 27th 2021 - The Goddess Lounge
Join the rebels! Climate Saving Goddess.
Online International Storytelling. Watch the trailer here!
July 13th - 17th 2020 - The Price of a Bed for the Night
Oundle International Festival
Story film in five parts, with music by Rimski & Handkerchief.
July 30th 2020 - What Do You See With Your Eye to the Keyhole?
Hosted by North London Traditional Storytelling Club
Tickets and zoom link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/608109399834585/
July 31st - August 26th 2019 - Blodeuwedd Untold
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Pleasance
For tickets and details: www.pleasance.co.uk
May 9th 2019 - Blodeuwedd Untold
Stealing Thunder StoryNights, Brigsteer, Nr Kendal
For tickets and details: www.stealingthunder.co.uk
March 15th 2019 - Blodeuwedd Untold
Teater Slava, Huddinge, Nr Stockholm, Sweden
For tickets and details: www.teater-slava.squarespace.com
September 28th 2018 - 60 Miles by Road or Rail
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
For tickets and details: www.royalandderngate.co.uk
August 25th 2018 - Blodeuwedd Untold
Oxford Storytelling Festival
For tickets and details: www.oxfordstorytellingfestival.co.uk
Unearth the unwritten Blodeuwedd, the Frankenstein of flowers.
Captured in the pages of a medieval book, the ancient myth of Blodeuwedd describes a woman made out of flowers who was turned into an owl as punishment for adultery. But who was this woman before being confined to the page?
Jo Blake, international contemporary storyteller, irradiates this figure of Celtic myth through word, movement and ritual. The myth is unravelled in this radical reclamation of the untold; intertwined with personal experience and striking observations of the role of myth in our unmythic modern lives.
Watch video here
ECOLOGY FOR GIRLS
THE GIRL WHO BECAME A BOY
THE SMILING FOX
WE ARE PATHMAKERS
Body, Breath and Story: building a contemporary storytelling practice
a training program for creative artists and performers
April - September 2022
A body-based exploratory journey into contemporary storytelling
21 days over 6 months
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course brochure and read more about this inspiring programme...