Speaking Dance

One of the leading British choreographers Jonathan Burrows, together with the Italian performer and musician Matteo Fargion, created a duet in which the authors with extreme precision and poetry devote to the the idea of ​​dance that they describe and that you can hear, but never see.

Burrows and Fargion describe what they do as ’handmade and human- scale’. They build with simple, non-spectacular elements but arrive often at a deceptive virtuosity, radiating delight even as it makes the audience think. Over the past ten years the two artists have built a body of duets which juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance and audiences. Speaking Dance continues their gentle exploration into how the relationship between music and dance is percieved, and the fragile but permeable boundaries between the two worlds. Their performances are a formal but humourous meditation on the nature of communication, and the relationship between each other and with the audience.They have given nearly 300 performances across 31 countries.

Jonathan Burrows
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. They 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 London, Hamburg, Berlin, Gent, and Giessen. ‘A Choreographer’s Handbook’ (2010) by is available from Routledge Publishing.

Matteo Fargion
Mattero 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.



Španski borci Cultural Center, 26 January 2015


koncept and execution

Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion

Dance Umbrella London

with the support of
Arts Council London, Jonathan Burrows Group
City of Ljubljana - Department of Culture and Ministry of Culture RS