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Defiant Journey – Scratch Performance, London, 11th April

Close up of Jo-anne plucking the strings of her purple sparkly cello in atmospheric dark background.

Close up of Jo-anne. Photo: Oliver Cross

Raucous red, vibrant orange, enshrouded in midnight blue. From the dark recesses, Dragon transmits a powerful and protective veil of sound and colour. Outside, ever-multiplying, plagues of recovery model robots and care company mercenaries lie in wait…

A ground-breaking inclusive electric cello experience by Jo-anne Cox, a contemporary composer and DAO Blogger.

Defiant Journey is a sonic saga, told by a musician and her electric ally. It is the story of navigating the highs and lows of life as a neurodivergent artist.

Invoking the language of mythology to explore a personal and political narrative, it questions and challenges our stories around identity, the recovery model and mental health. It exposes the cruel vagaries of the welfare state.

Following her muse and immersing herself in colour and sound, the artist shares her journey to self-acceptance and a rebellious dance to her own tune.

Jo-anne on stage waving her pink and blue scarves.

Jo-anne’s rebellious dance with colourful scarves. Photo: Oliver Cross

What is it?
Defiant Journey is an innovative interactive electric cello performance, blending music, activism, storytelling and digital and sensory arts.

How is it different?
Designed with inclusion at its heart, the performance is relaxed and integrates BSL and audio description, alongside audience participation and innovative tech.

Upcoming event
Your are cordially invited to a scratch performance on 11th April. Your feedback and insight would be very much appreciated.

We are particularly interested to reach out to venues, festivals, small-scale theatres, gallery or events spaces who would like to open up their programming to more diverse audiences.

Thursday 11th April 2019, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Touch Tour before at 2pm
Venue: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, E15 1BX

Book your place
Tickets are free of charge, but booking is required.
Find full access information and reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Follow this link to listen to the audio flyer.

Further information about the project
Defiant Journey is a new performance piece, being developed by Jo-Anne Cox

It is supported using public funding from Arts Council England and Help Musicians UK. It is a project led by a disabled artist, with access and inclusion running through every element of the show.

The work is also generously supported by project partners Together 2012! C.I.C. and Disability Arts Online.
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Best wishes for this Jo. I’m undecided about attending just yet having spent 6 days away form home and now feeling travel and space confused. May get over it before tomorrow