For this fifth workshop in the Motion Bank series, choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and writer and curator Adrian Heathfield will focus on discussion leading to practical work in the studio. The workshop will evolve through dialogue between Burrows, Fargion and Heathfield. Emphasis will be towards investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, experimental writing and scoring practices, questioning how a dance can be made and what it can communicate to someone watching. Practical work will concentrate on short task-based exercises looking at how to find material and work with time, to hold the attention of an audience and make them care what happens next. Days will be punctuated also with viewpoints on other mediums and ways of working, asking all the time what dance can do and what it can’t do.
This workshop is for dance and performance artists, students and professionals with experience of performing and making, who are interested in re-examining and extending their own process and practice. The workshop will be conducted in English.
Tuesday, 16 April: 11-17h00
Wednesday, 17 April: 11-17h00 – followed by the Salon at 18h (see below)
Thursday, 18 April: 11-17h00
Participation fee for the workshop is 95€ / reduction 65€ (Students). Spaces are limited so early registration is advised. Free entrance to the Wednesday evening Salon.
For Registration questions contact: motionbank -at- theforsythecompany.de (Thomas Friemel)
For More Information contact: workshop-moba -at- theforsythecompany.de (Célestine Hennermann)
Jonathan Burrows danced with the Royal Ballet for 13 years, rising to the rank of soloist, before leaving in 1991 to pursue his own choreography. After touring with his own company for some years he decided in 2001 to concentrate on one to one collaborations with other artists, who would share the conception, making, performing and administrating of the work. His first collaboration was Weak Dance Strong Questions (2001), made with the theatre maker and performer Jan Ritsema, which toured to 14 countries. This was followed by a series of seven duets developed with Matteo Fargion, beginning in 2002. The two men have now given over 250 performances across 28 countries. Both Sitting Duet won a 2004 New York Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Award, and Cheap Lecture was chosen for the 2009 Het Theaterfestival in Belgium. Burrows is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S., and he holds an Honorary Doctorate from Royal Holloway University of London. ‘A Choreographer’s Handbook’ (2010) by Jonathan Burrows is available from Routledge Publishing. http://www.jonathanburrows.info/
Matteo Fargion studied composition with the composers Kevin Volans and Howard Skempton and after graduation played bass guitar for a time in the rock band headed by Chris Newman, a formative experience of live performance. His interest in contemporary dance began after seeing the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. This encounter encouraged him to apply for the International Course for Choreographers and Composers, where he first wrote music for dance and through which he met the choreographer Jonathan Burrows, with whom he has collaborated for more than twenty years. Since 2002 Burrows and Fargion have made a series of six duets together which continue to tour internationally. Over the past fifteen years Fargion has also developed a strong collaboration with the leading English choreographer Siobhan Davies, writing music for some of her most significant recent work including The Art of Touch (1995), Two Quartets (2007), Minutes for the Collection (2009) and Rotor (2010). Matteo is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S.
Adrian Heathfield is a writer and curator working across the scenes of live art, performance and dance. He is best known for his essays and books including: Perform, Repeat, Record; Out of Now; Live: Art and Performance; Small Acts; and Shattered Anatomies. He co-curated the Live Culture events at Tate Modern in 2003 and a number of other durational events in European cities over the last ten years. He has also created a series of dialogue performances with a range of writers and artists. He is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London. http://www.adrianheathfield.net
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