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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 5, 2015

THIRDBIRD PRESENTS
FACING FRONT: THE DUETS OF JONTHAN BURROWS & MATTEO FARGION, JUNE 19 – 27

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Thirdbird is pleased to announce “Facing Front”, the first large scale retrospective of the internationally acclaimed duets of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion.  The pair’s complex, virtuosic works combine movement, text, and sound, incorporating humor and wit while retaining a predominant sense of formality. 

While the duo is frequently presented at many of the most important festivals and theaters through out Europe, appearance in the United States have been quite rare.  This is their first appearance in Philadelphia, and their only engagement in the US during 2015. 

In addition to performing their nine duets, including the Bessie award winning “Both Sitting Duet”, Burrows and Fargion will lead a week long masterclass as well as an intensive workshop with 36 Philadelphia based composers, choreographers, musicians, actors, dancers, and writers.  In conjunction with these activities, Thirdbird will also publish an anthology entitled “Marking Time” which contains essays, interviews, media and other reflections on Burrows’ and Fargion’s creative lives and collaborative career.

Like Burrows and Fargion, Thirdbird, under the leadership of dance curator Anna Drozdowski and music curator Dustin Hurt, specializes in projects at the intersection of dance and music.  “It’s really a misnomer to call Jonathan the choreographer and Matteo the composer in this work.” said Hurt.  “ And it’s not just because Jonathan sings and Matteo moves – but because they create a third genre – one between music and dance.”

“Philadelphia has consistently been at the forefront of places experimenting with new forms and genres,” says Drozdowski.  “Burrows and Fargion are an excellent and ready match for artists and audiences in our hometown, their ‘handmade’ and ‘human-scale’ work is a great fit for what is happening now.”

Performances are at 7pm and 9pm on June 19, 20, 26, and 27, with different works on each program.   All events take place at the Neighborhood House Theater, located at 20 N. American Street (near 2nd and Market Streets), just behind historic Christ Church. Tickets range between $12 - $18, with discounts available for multiple shows, available online in and the door.  Seating is general admission.  For more information, please visit the thirdbird website at: http://www.birdbirdbird.org

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



VENUE INFO

Neighborhood House Theater
20 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

 

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

Saturday, June 20 
2pm - Masterclass
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 
3pm - Chat with Artists
7pm - Body Not Fit For Purpose + Artist Talk 
9pm - Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece


HI RES PHOTOS

Matteo Fargion (left) and Jonathan Burrows (right).  Photo by Herman Sorgeloos.

Jonathan Burrows (left) and Matteo Fargion (right).  Photo by Alastair Muir

Jonathan Burrows (left) and Matteo Fargion (right).  Photo courtesy Motion Bank

VIDEO (for press preview only)

Courtesy Motion Bank. 

A recording of Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion piece "Speaking Dance", performed in the Frankfurt LAB on the 22nd of September 2012.

A recording of Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion piece "Cheap Lecture ", performed in the Frankfurt LAB on the 21st of September 2012.

Motion Bank Guest Choreographers Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion presenting "Both Sitting Duet" at Frankfurt Lab. 

A recording of Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion piece "The Cow Piece", performed in the Frankfurt LAB on the 21st of September 2012.