Facing Front

Photo:  Alastair Muir

Photo:  Alastair Muir

Thirdbird is excited to present Facing Front: The duets of Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion.

Describing what they do as 'handmade and human- scale', Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion have built a body of duets over the past twelve years which mix the formality of classical music composition with an open and often anarchic approach to performance and audiences.

Their complex frameworks combine non-spectacular elements to arrive at a deceptive virtuosity, radiating delight and activating our brains.  Run through with humor and wit, while retaining a sense of formality, they show us how compelling a simple score can be when activated by both artists and audience.  It is beguiling work made of movement, text, and sound.

In addition to eight unique performances of their duets, the two week period will include master classes and workshops open as well as the “Marking Time” anthology of collected writing and visual material on their work.


Friday, June 19
7pm Both Sitting Duet + Artist Talk
9pm Quiet Dance & Speaking Dance

Saturday, June 20 
7pm Body Not Fit For Purpose 
9pm Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece 

Friday. June 26 
7pm Show and Tell & Rebelling Against Limit
9pm One Flute Note

Saturday, June 27 
7pm Body Not Fit For Purpose + Artist Talk 
9pm Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece

All events will take place at the Neighborhood House Theater (20 N. American Street in Old City Philadelphia).