19 March

JONATHAN BURROWS & MATTEO FARGION TRANSaccions: Hysterical Furniture 3 (‘Eleanor And Flora Music’ + ‘Speaking Dance’)


Situated somewhere between dance, comedy and performance art, the work of Burrows and Fargion radiates delight even as it makes the audience think. Over the past twelve years the two artists 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.

Evening three: The final evening begins with Eleanor And Flora Music, a collaboration with artists Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, who’ve re-translated Burrows and Fargion’s Both Sitting Duet into a counterpoint of delicate touch. This is followed by Burrows and Fargion performing Speaking Dance, which begins with a choreography that is heard but never seen and unfolds into an anarchic spectacle of rhythmic images. (One hour and a half, including short interval.)

‘…occasionally feeling gloomy during some performance or other, I’ve wished that a fed- up theater goblin would whisk away the show I’m watching and deposit Burrows and Fargion in its place.’Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat, on Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece, New York

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen. The two men are currently in-house artists at the Nightingale, Brighton England.
Eleanor And Flora Music/Nora are commissioned by Sadler’s Wells Trust and DanceEast and co-commissioned by South East Dance, and supported by Arts Council England, The Nightingale, Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, Dance4, Roehampton University, Leeds Beckett University, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni and Chisenhale Dance Space.
Both Sitting Duet was commissioned by Kaaitheater Brussels and supported by public funding through the National Lottery from Arts Council England; Body Not Fit For Purpose is 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 The Cow Piece was supported by public funding through the Flemish Ministry and Kaaitheater Brussels.

The presentation in Barcelona is supported by the British Council

British Council


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