choreography.(web prep BnWv1)

“i am unique”




“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – RFK

“interval” (2016)
Dancer/choreographer: jo Blake
Cinematographer: Chris Blackburn

This work is based on personal anxiety and sense of individuality. A visceral journey/ collaborative project captured on film by Chris Blackburn and choreographed/performed by jo Blake. This new solo focuses on jo’s life progression as he let’s go of the past while moving forward towards new goals and passions. Does he ever let go as the communal walls that surround him entrap his memories of those that led the way.

interval dance for camera


“dark places amongst us” (2011)
premiere at Momentum/Ririe- Woodbury Alumni Performances
performers: Dace Stringari and Shelby Jane Terrell

jo’s work, “dark places amongst us” (august 2011), was an emotional duet based on his personal acceptance to love and be loved. Through stark lighting shadows were created influencing his inner demons, black and white video projected the relationship he had with another in their past while the movement witnessed on stage presented their current trials and tribulations. The overall performance was (enjoyed) for it’s potential to reach the audience member individually… thru either a personal connection to the individual dealing with personal inner turmoil or thru the connection to having a relationship with someone currently or in the past. “Dark Places” was presented at the Art Meets Fashion 2011 fundraiser for the renovated YWCA Center for Abused Children and Women. The benefit’s theme was female empowerment, and although this not being the theme of jo’s work, it demonstrates the strength and connection of his work with others outside of the dance community.

dark places performance
movement phrase for “dark places…”

“dark places amongst us” (2014)
premiere via online
filmed and edited bu Blackburn Studios, Chris Blackburn
performers: Dace Stringari and Shelby Jane Terrell

a return to the duet was brought upon by the graciousness of artist Chris Blackburn. he was able to take my dream and make it a reality with the magic of film.

dark places amongst us dance for camera