Facing Front Artist Talk: Building Performance

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1/3: Both Sitting Duet, 2002. Photo by Herman Sorgeloos. Pictured, from left to right: Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.
2/3: Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece. 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.

Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion will have spent the week with 35 Philadelphia-based artists, curators, and writers in an intensive workshop on process. This last day of the session will open a window into their work and process, allowing for time to talk formally and informally about how we build performances.

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 session is open to those that are curious, independent of background, training or ability.

Free with RSVP.

References

Having created this work over the course of a decade, Malavika Sarukkai pays homage to the sacred river Ganga and its importance in Indian culture, history, the environment, and spirituality.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Barbara A. Campagna has worked for the past 25 years as an architect, planner, and historian, reinventing and restoring historic and existing buildings.

Midway Avenue is a solo performance that uses personal reminiscences and universal yearnings to explore the relationship between memory and self.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Nami Yamamoto’s cut-paper installations reflect the hundreds of natural and man-made objects she consistently collects, serving as visual resources and inspirations for her practice.

For the past four years, Meg Foley has been inserting unexpected performance into ordinary life with her 3:15 dance project, in which she creates a dance, wherever she is, at exactly 3:15 p.m.

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Caroline Lathan-Stiefel creates large-scale, immersive sculptural installations from textile and found objects to form what she calls “drawings in space.”

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Percussionist Pablo Batista will blend traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and contemporary Western instrumentation, Afro-Caribbean choreography and evocative multi-media imagery in a performance that will tell a story of the spiritual and cultural resilience of those forced to emigrate from Africa to the Americas and re-establish themselves with dignity.

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Philadelphia’s Clay Studio is a center for local, national, and international ceramic arts communities.

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Bristol Riverside Theatre is a vibrant, engaged community theater in the northeast reaches of the Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming and allow for quality instruction and individualized attention.

We asked Philadelphia multidisciplinary theater artist Aaron Cromie to comment on the artistic responsibilities he considers as a director. “I think it’s the director’s job to create an environment and a world,” Cromie responded. “The director is an arbiter of great ideas.”

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Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.