Facing Front: Writing Dance Masterclass

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

Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion lead a master class investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a performance can be made and what it might communicate to someone watching. Practical work will concentrate on short, task-based exercises looking at how to find material and work with time, using formal means to amplify and clarify the dramaturgy of what’s happening.

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.

This workshop is for anybody involved in the performing arts: composers, choreographers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors, curators, teachers and writers. No special physical skills or clothing are necessary.

Registration is free, but required.

References

Grants & Grantees

Inis Nua Theatre produces provocative contemporary plays from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales.

Questions of Practice

We speak to postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin about her introduction to dance, various turning points in her artistic career, and the importance of creating dance that responds to pressing social and political issues.

Spanish dancer and choreographer Rosario Toledo choreographed an original dance for Pasión y Arte, marking the company’s first collaboration with a major flamenco artist.

Grants & Grantees

The Kimmel Center, Inc., best known as a presenting organization and home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, is one of the most well-attended cultural venues in Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

Pig Iron is a company specializing in exuberant ensemble-devised works. The organization has begun to train the next generation of daring physical theater artists through the Pig Iron School of Advanced Performing Training.

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents in-process showings of Cynthia Oliver’s dance-theatre work Virago-Man Dem, organized by Danielle Goldman.

This paper by Indonesian dance scholar Sal Murgiyanto was originally presented at “Traces of Tradition,” a panel discussion held at the International Dance Conference, August 1-4, 2004.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Suzanne Carbonneau is a dance writer and historian, and she directs the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kyle “JustSole” Clark is a dancer and choreographer with expertise in hip-hop and street dance. He is the founder and artistic director of Just Sole Street Dance Theater.

Grants & Grantees

Jumatatu Poe developed The Flight Attendants, a satirical commentary on the service industry, during summer workshops with members of his company, idiosynCrazy productions.

Daniel Tucker’s Center-funded exhibition will open with a series of newly commissioned performances by theater artist Thomas Graves, performance artist Jennifer Kidwell, poet and Pew Fellow Frank Sherlock, poet Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and performance artist Salem Collo-Julin.

Director Romeo Castellucci’s work returns to Philadelphia with The Four Seasons Restaurant, which uses the infamous unfulfilled Mark Rothko commission as a jumping-off point to explore the impact of absence on the human psyche.