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Jo Bannon presents

Absent Tense

Intimate, solitude, reflection

Absent Tense is an audio essay and accompanying publication which reflects the presence of absence in our lives right now. Inspired by the first 12 weeks of lockdown and experienced over 12 parts, it is an intimate meditation on solitude, faith, loss, breath and time passing.

Conceived, Written and Performed by Jo Bannon
Sound Recording and mixing by John Stephenson
Composition by Jules Maxwell
Illustration and Design by Adam York Gregory
Photo by Manuel Vason


Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £5 – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0 as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions.

We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.

All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and 50% to Candoco Dance Company’s response fund to allow them to continue to support future artists and commissions.

Homemakers Project Overview

Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.

We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.

About Jo Bannon

Jo is an artist working in performance, choreography and live art. She also works as a dramaturg, educator and writer and is a founder member of artist collective Residence.

Her work is concerned with identity, sensory perception, and human encounter and explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed.

Her practice is informed by her identity as a disabled woman with albinism and attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviours.

Her performances often manifest as intimate encounters designed for single or small audiences alongside staged theatre work and installations. Her work has been presented in the UK, Europe, South America, USA, China, South Korea and Australia.

She is produced by MAYK

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About Candoco Dance Company

Candoco is a world-leading professional dance company. Bridging the mainstream and the experimental, our bold approach and powerful collaborations create distinctive performances and far-reaching learning experiences. We celebrate different ways of seeing, of being and of making art, putting us at the forefront of conversation around dance and disability and continually expanding perceptions of #whatdancecanbe.

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