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Facing Front


The duets of Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

June 19 - 27, 2015

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Facing Front


The duets of Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

June 19 - 27, 2015

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.


PERFORMANCES

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).  

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About the Artists


About the Artists


Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion bring deep histories in their home genres (dance and music) to bear on their collaborative duet performances.  Long time friends and creative partners, their first performance of “Both Sitting Duet” in 2002 marked the start of their shared work. Burrows and Fargion collectively share responsibility for the building of the duet as well as self administering and performing.   While each artist maintains an active independent creative and teaching practice, the body of their work has grown to contain a collection of eight performance duets and two lecture performances, to date.

Jonathan Burrows danced with the Royal Ballet for 13 years before leaving to pursue his own choreography. His main focus now is an ongoing series of duets with the composer Matteo Fargion , with whom he has given over 300 performances across 31 countries. The two are currently in- house artists at the Nightingale Brighton and their most recent performance Body Not Fit For Purpose had its world premiere as part of the 2014 Venice Biennale. Burrows and Fargion are contributing artists for William Forsythe’s Motionbank website project. Other high profile commissions include work for for Sylvie Guillem, Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt and the National Theatre, London. Burrows has been an Associate Artist at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Gent, Belgium, London’s South Bank Centre and Kaaitheater Brussels. He is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S Brussels and has also been Guest Professor at universities in Berlin, Gent, Giessen, Hamburg and London. ‘A Choreographer's Handbook’ has sold over 7,500 copies since its publication in 2010 and is available from Routledge Publishing.

Matteo Fargion studied composition with composers Kevin Volans and Howard Skempton. His interest in dance began after seeing Merce Cunningham perform in London, which encouraged him to apply for for the International Course for Choreographers and Composers through which he met choreographer Jonathan Burrows. The two have worked closely on a body of work conceived, created and performed together, which has become celebrated internationally for its rare combination of intellectual rigour and humour. Fargion has written music for other choreographers including Lynda Gaudreau and Russell Maliphant, and has worked particularly closely with choreographer Siobhan Davies, writing music for some of her most significant recent work including The Art of Touch (1995) and Minutes for the Collection (2009). Fargion also writes for theatre, particularly in Germany, where he has worked over a number of years at the Residenz Theater Munich and at the Berlin Schaubühne with Thomas Ostermeier.

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Masterclass


June 20, 2pm - 5pm

Masterclass


June 20, 2pm - 5pm

MasterClass

Writing Dance
Saturday, June 20th, 2pm-5pm  

Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion lead a master class investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a performance can be made and what it might communicate to someone watching.

Practical work will concentrate on short task-based exercises looking at how to find material and work with time, using formal means to amplify and clarify the dramaturgy of what's happening. 

This workshop is for anybody involved in the performing arts: composers, choreographers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors, curators, teachers and writers. No special physical skills or clothing are necessary.  

Registration is FREE but required.  

Photo:  Laura Morcillo

Photo:  Laura Morcillo

Motionbank workshop, Frankfurt, 2013, photo by Jessica Schäfer

Motionbank workshop, Frankfurt, 2013, photo by Jessica Schäfer

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Artist Talk


June 27, 3pm - 5pm

Artist Talk


June 27, 3pm - 5pm

ARTIST TALK: BUILDING PERFORMANCE

Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion will have spent the week with 35 Philadelphia based artists, curators and writers in an intensive workshop on process. This last day of the session will open a window into their work and process, allowing for time to talk formally and informally about how we build performances. 

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Publications


Publications


PUBLICATIONS

Marking Time
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"Marking Time" - a new anthology about the work of Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion.

This collection contains essays, reflections, scores, images and interviews from a wide range of performers, scholars and writers.

Edited by Anna Drozdowski and Kirsten Kaschock.

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A Choreographer's Handbook
$26.32
By Jonathan Burrows

 

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Credits


Credits


THANK YOU.  

Major support for Facing Front has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
 

Photo: Motion Bank

FOR JONATHAN BURROWS & MATTEO FARGION
Both Sitting Duet, The Quiet Dance and Speaking Dance have been supported by The Arts Council of England, Kaaitheater Brussels, Joint Adventures Munich, Dance Umbrella London, NOTT Dance Festival and Dance 4 Nottingham, England, PARTS/Rosas, The Laban Centre London and the Jonathan Burrows Group.  Body Not Fit For Purpose was commissioned by the Venice Biennale and supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  Cheap Lecture was commissioned by Cultureel Centrum Maasmechelen and Dans in Limburg and first performed at the Cultureel Centrum Maasmechelen and The Cow Piece was co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels and supported by the Flemish Ministry of Culture.   Show And Tell and Rebelling Against Limit were created as part of Jonathan Burrows' Guest Professorship with the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University.  One Flute Note was supported by Arts Council England and co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels.  Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are currently 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.

MOTION BANK

Many of the photographs on this website have been provided by Motion Bank.  We would like to thank photographers Amin Weber, Florian Jennet, and Jessica Schäfer, as well as Scott deLahunta, for their generosity in addition to Herman Sorgeloos, Ben Parks, Peter Rapp, Hugo Glendinning, Flavio Romualdo Garofano, and Alastair Muir.