Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion have built a body of duets which mix the formality of classical music composition with an open and often anarchic approach to performance and audiences, bringing them a worldwide following.
On May 6 and 7, Burrows and Fargion will present two exciting double bills at Dancehouse: Both Sitting and Body Not Fit For Purpose, as well as Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece.
Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion have been working together since 1989, and their ongoing series of duets go on touring all around the world, with recent retrospectives in Lisbon, Porto, Philadelphia, Bologna and Barcelona. Their work is hard to place, combining intellectual rigour with unexpected humour, but it has its roots in a shared love of classical music, which they clash against an approach to performance that is at once open to audience but also anarchic and joyful.
The two men are currently touring 10 pieces internationally, and have just finished a year long online project titled 52 Portraits, which released a different gestural portrait of a dancer every Monday throughout 2016. Their most recent duet Body Not Fit For Purpose was a commission from the 2014 Venice Biennale, and in spring 2016 they premiered a new installation as part of the Derra De Moroda Archive exhibition at Salzburg Contemporary Art Gallery. Burrows’ ‘A Choreographer’s Handbook’ has sold over 10,000 copies since its publication in 2010. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University. Fargion also writes music for theatre and teaches international composition workshops for choreographers.
Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, and are currently in-house artists at the Nightingale, Brighton England.
For bookings visit the Dancehouse website.
Image: The Cow Piece, Circulo Ufficiali Bologna 2017, photo by Luca Ghedini
Dancehouse is supported by Council’s Room to Create Program.