Joanna designs sets and costumes for theatre, opera & dance. Based In London, she works nationally and internationally. Works have premiered in the UK, Europe and in the USA.
She is at home devising and collaborating from within a rehearsal context, working independently with a score/ text in the design studio, as well as within traditional design processes with a director.
Originally trained in Dance and Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School, Joanna started her career as a movement director, choreographer and as a performance designer, having been awarded the Arts Council’s Dance Design Bursary. Her background lends itself to extending the boundaries of collaboration and developing original approaches to the dramaturgy of new and extant works. In recent work, she has been in the rehearsal room developing movement material ( Turandot and Carmen ) as well as the designs.
She also paints and works with video to create works that animate surfaces in a variety of performance contexts and/or sites. Recent collaborations have seen the development of new approaches to filming paint to create video content. This material is projected onto surfaces that often themselves unstable and non-traditional as part of the overall dramaturgy. The work becomes a play between the image, the surface, the performer and the music.
Current and future design work includes productions for Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and The Grange Festival Opera.