Situated somewhere between dance, music, live art and comedy, the work of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion radiates delight even as it makes the audience think. Over the past twelve years the two artists have built a body of duets which mix the formality of classical music composition with an open and often anarchic approach to performance and audiences, bringing them a worldwide following.
Both Sitting Duet was the piece that made their reputation back in 2002, setting the tone for an original mix of humour and fierce intelligence that marks out what they do. In Reykjavic they'll follow it with their newest performance Body Not Fit For Purpose, a commision from the 2014 Venice Biennale which clashes politics against the empty joy of dancing, unravelling the link between meaning and action and raising questions in the midst of our laughter.
‘It was certainly one of the funniest and most ingenious dances seen in New York in a long time.’ The New York Times
‘I emerged from the French premiere of Both Sitting Duet in a veritable glow, my world expanded, its walls tumbling down.’ The danceinsider.com
'There's a beguiling mix of the scholarly, the quizzical and the righteously indignant that is unique to Fargion and Burrows...the concentration of their work demonstrates how much expressive power even a small gesture, a tiny variation of tone or rhythm, can possess.' The Guardian London
The performance is part of the 29th Reykjavík Arts Festival 2015.
Body Not Fit For Purpose is commissioned by the Venice Biennale and supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are coproduced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler's Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen. The two men are currently inhouse artists at the Nightingale, Brighton England.
Management: Nigel Hinds – email@example.com
For more information:
The Forsythe Company Motionbank website : http://scores.motionbank.org/jbmf/#/set/sets
WHERE: Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargata 12
WHEN: 30th May
DURATION: 90 minutes