Being Seen is an energetic, playful and powerful ensemble piece choreographed by Jo Fong. The work was created in the summer of 2019 and has been performed at a number of theatres and festivals creating very positive and excited audience feedback

An extraordinary ensemble of dancers with and without disabilities draw you in to an evocative world of movement where wildness lives within and without.

Contact Dance Company has built a strong reputation for its powerful and eloquent brand of contemporary inclusive dance, full of depth and connection. Choreographer Jo Fong has been wowing audiences with her refreshing, energetic and playful
dance-making; the combination will be a feast for the senses.

Being Seen introduces us to the quiet power of dancers, yet with the wild and uncontrollable always there, just below the surface. Being Seen explores equality, difference and togetherness and offers a poignant commentary coming from the moment we are living in.

Jo has worked with eight of the company’s dancers to produce an immediate, intimate and playful dance. The cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers will leave you in no doubt that this is the perfect time to catch inclusive dance at its best.

Below is a 9 minute edit of the piece performed at Theatre Severn. The touring version of the show is for a standard theatre , front facing audience. The film is produced by JTV Production.


Audience reaction

‘I enjoyed the close proximity of the dancers and the sounds of the wheels. I liked seeing the dancers, the objects and the interactions between them. I enjoyed the connection between people and the real closeness that was conveyed’

‘It felt  so personal, so raw, as if we were all part of it’.

‘Intricate, graceful, joyful and absolute pleasure to watch’.

Being Seen is performed by Chloe Shepherd, Amal Neffi, Mervyn Bradley,
Kevin Shepherd, Anna Belyavin, Becky Keir, Andrew Kelly, and Rachel Liggitt.

Directed by Jo Fong
Jo Fong is an award-winning director, choreographer & performer working in dance, film, theatre, opera and the visual arts.

Music was by George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Nick Cave, and Kiasmos.
Lighting Design – Jonathan Tritton
Costume Design and Fitting – Sue Hall

Promotion and Technical Information
Duration 28 minutes
Stage space needed 8m x 8m
Number of dancers 8
Matinee and evening performances available
Technical set up one day in advance.
Inclusive workshops and residencies focusing on this work with SiD directors, outreach team and dancers are available.