Tamar & Jo are a Hull based dance duo that blend contemporary dance with elements of physical theatre, improvised movement and their own unconventional take on commercial dance styles. Their work is inspired by popular and nightlife culture, their experience as women, and a wide range of artists and musicians; explored with humour, light-heartedness and a surreal twist provided by costume collaboration. As well as creating and performing as a duo, Tamar & Jo work with members of the community, emerging and professional dancers to create performance that is vibrant, bold, evocative and exciting.
They came together in 2017 when they were commissioned by Hull 2017 City of Culture to create a piece for the Ferens Art Gallery Turner Prize event. The piece took inspiration from the artwork of Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, and bolstered their shared interest in exploring social themes as well as taking inspiration from the visual arts. This, as well as a wealth of individual experience, led to the relatable and eloquent work they now create.
They have so far been supported by Arts Council England, Absolutely Cultured, Yorkshire Dance, Head’s Up festival, Hull Truck Theatre, Hull City Arts, Hull Dance, Back To Ours, and Hull City Healthcare Partnership.