Quiet Dance. Photo by Alastair Muir. Pictured, from left to right: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion.
Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Anna Drozdowski, a curator of performance, hosts European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career. Describing what they do as "handmade and human-scale," the two have built a body of duets which juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance, composition and audience.
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, these friends and collaborators show us how compelling a simple score can be.
In addition to eight unique performances of their duets, the two-week period includes workshops open to performers across genres, post-performance chats, and a booklet containing essays, photos, scores, interviews, and commentaries.
Friday, June 19
7 p.m. — "Both Sitting Duet" and talk
9 p.m. — "Quiet Dance" and "Speaking Dance"
Saturday, June 20
7 p.m. — "Body Not Fit For Purpose"
9 p.m. — "Cheap Lecture" and "The Cow Piece"