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

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1/3: Quiet Dance. Photo by Alastair Muir. Pictured, from left to right: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion.
2/3: Counting to One Hundred. Photo by Herman Sorgeloos. Pictured, from left to right: Matteo Fargion, Jonathan Burrows.
3/3: Both Sitting Duet, 2002. Photo by Herman Sorgeloos. Pictured, from left to right: Matteo Fargion, Jonathan Burrows.

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”


References

Grants & Grantees

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

Grants & Grantees

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984, most recently showcasing the work of choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as John Jasperse and Urban Bush Women, and international artists Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi.

Grants & Grantees

Winner of two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, the Crossing is a professional contemporary chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Gil Boggs is artistic director of the Colorado Ballet. Previously, he was a member of the American Ballet Theatre for 17 years.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will hold a panel discussion exploring the effect that accumulated knowledge and experience has on artistic creation.

In conjunction with the ongoing retrospective Trisha Brown: In the New Body, Bryn Mawr College hosts a master class with Eva Karczag.

Grants & Grantees

International House Philadelphia presented a series of concerts featuring the creative work of the Sonic Arts Union, a music collective founded in 1966.

At the February launch of the Center’s new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, Lucinda Childs and Judy Hussie-Taylor, executive director of Danspace Project, discussed Childs’ career and artistic influences.

Bowerbird, in cooperation with the 2011 FringeArts Festival, presented the American premiere of More Mouvements für Lachenmann, and held workshops with choreographer Xavier Le Roy.

Grants & Grantees

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present this civil rights-inspired festival, which will include the world premiere of a new 20-minute work by noted composer and Pew Fellow Uri Caine.

Grants & Grantees

Hilary Harp is a sculptor and installation artist, and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Legendary Philadelphia jazz musicians—including guitarists Pat Martino and Monnette Sudler, pianist Dave Burrell, and saxophonist Jimmy Heath—will headline a four-part concert series inspired by the first published collection of compositions by the city’s jazz artists.