Thu 15.10.2009    09:00

Both Sitting Duet >> Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion, Thursday 15th of October, 21.00h, Round Hall

The pairing of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion has produced a trilogy of performances that have become the most internationally talked about British dance of the past five years. Since 2002 the duo have given over 170 shows in 37 countries, including winning a 2004 New York Dance And Performance "Bessie" Award. This work is a gentle exploration into how the relationship between music and dance is perceived, and the fragile but permeable boundaries between the two worlds. It is a formal but humorous meditation on the nature of communication, and the relationship between the two performers and with the audience.

Jonathan Burrows
(UK) started his career as a soloist with the Royal Ballet in London but formed the Jonathan Burrows Group in 1988 to present his own work. Since then he had collaborations with theatre director Jan Ritsema, the composer Matteo Fargion, Sylvie Guillem, Adam Robert’s film maker, William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. In 2008 he was Associate Director on Peter Handke's The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other for the National Theatre, London. He was an associate artist 1992-2002 at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Gent, Belgium, and was Artist-In-Residence at London’s South Bank Centre 1998-1999. In 2002 Jonathan was given an award by the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in New York, in recognition for his ongoing contributions to contemporary dance. He is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels, and is also a Visiting Professor for the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University Of London.

Matteo Fargion
(Italy) studied composition at the University of Natal, South Africa, and later in London. He met Jonathan Burrows in 1988, and has since written music for many of his pieces. Matteo has also written music for theatre including an oratorio (Das Kontingent) commissioned by and performed at the Schaubühne Berlin and TAT Frankfurt, a chamber opera (Le Bellezze d’Hortensia) at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart, as well as incidental music for many productions at the Residenz Theater Munich. In 2004 he wrote music for Thomas Ostermeier’s prize winning production of Jon Fosse's new play The Girl on the Sofa shown at the Edinburgh International Festival, and in 2005 he collaborated and performed in Canadian choreographer Lynda Gaudreau’s Document 4 in Gent, Belgium. His piece Duets, written in collaboration with Kevin Volans, is released on Black Box Records. Matteo also runs composition workshops at PARTS, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels.