Facing Front: Lectures and Performances by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

19 - 20 Jun 2015
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Neighborhood House Theater, 20 North American Street, Philadelphia

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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"