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Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Any Table Any Room
Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 4TN
Thursday 10 & Friday 11 May 
Tickets: £17
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion return to Sadler’s Wells on Thursday 10 & Friday 11 May in the Lilian Baylis Studio with Any Table Any Room, a new work welcoming four local artists to join them on stage.

Using 72 clay objects created by the performers, along with communal singing, drones and harmonicas, Any Table Any Room is a gregarious exploration of the pleasures and demands of being and working together, and how we retain our autonomy while part of a group.

The artists joining Burrows and Fargion include; performer, choreographer dance improviser and teacher, Seke Chimutengwende, who has performed with companies including DV8 Physical Theatre and Fabulous Beast as well as choreographing for his own company, Seke Chimutengwende & Friends. Chimutengwende’s current choreographic project, Black Holes, a duet made in collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley exploring Afrofuturism.

Austrian artist Tanja Erhart, who currently is a disabled independent dance artist and cultural scientist based in London, also takes part in Any Table Any Room. Born in Austria, she studied in Vienna and graduated her MA as a cultural and social anthropologist in 2012. She specialised in dance, performance and disability studies. In 2014 Erhart joined Candoco Dance Company as a professional dancer for three years to tour, perform and teach inclusive dance practice all over the world. Now she’s exploring the world and the possibilities in dance with her various bodies; her one or her three legs, her crutches and her wheelchair, her interests of physical, emotional, mental well being, as well as the interconnectedness of being an artist and a citizen of the world.

The third artist to join Burrows and Fargion is choreographer, writer and performance artist Jacky Lansley who has been practicing for four decades. She created the radical Limited Dance Company (with Sally Potter) and was a co-founder of the seminal independent studios - X6 Dance Space and Chisenhale Dance Space. In 2002 she founded the Dance Research Studio, which has curated many of her collaborative mixed-media works, including her most recent touring project About Us. She is the co-author (with Fergus Early) of The Wise Body, published by Intellect Books, who also published her book Choreographies: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Art Form in 2017.

Completing the line-up is choreographer Alesandra Seutin who was born in Harare, raised in Brussels and trained in London which is where she and her company, Vocab Dance Company, are based.
 Seutin’s work fuses African traditional dance with contemporary dance and urban dance forms to create Afro-pean dance theatre from a feminine perspective. Renowned for her distinctively theatrical choreographic and movement vocabulary combining physical theatre, innovative scenography, text and dance, Seutin’s repertoire of work is focused on the exploration of subjects that influence our society. Seutin will also be presenting work at Sadler’s Wells from Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 October as part of Reckonings, an evening of work to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the current Sadler’s Wells theatre. Sadler’s Wells presents three commissions by a new generation of UK based dance-makers, which along with Seutin, include Julie Cunningham and Botis Seva.

Jonathan Burrows is a choreographer whose main focus is an ongoing body of pieces with the composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he continues to perform around the world. The two men are co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler's Wells London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen. His A Choreographer's Handbook has sold over 13,000 copies since its publication in 2010, and is available from Routledge Publishing. Burrows is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.

Matteo Fargion studied composition with composers Kevin Volans and Howard Skempton. He has been a close collaborator of Jonathan Burrows for 28 years, sharing equally the conception, creation and performance of their work. He has also written extensively for other choreographers, most notably his long association with Siobhan Davies, and his recent collaboration with Norwegian artist Mette Edvardsen on her acclaimed piece Oslo. Fargion has also developed a composition workshop for dancers, which continues to be invited widely internationally.


“There is a beguiling mix of the scholarly, the quizzical and the righteously indignant that is unique to Fargion and Burrows” The Guardian on Body Not Fit for Purpose.

Listing information:

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion                                                
Any Table Any Room
Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 4TN
Thursday 10 & Friday 11 May 
Tickets: £17
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


Notes to Editors:

ABOUT SADLER’S WELLS
Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, its goal is to motivate everyone to experience dance – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at partner venues across the UK and around the world, or accessing its content through digital channels. 

Sadler’s Wells commissions and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 150 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through its artist development initiatives, and reaches over 25,000 annually through its learning and engagement programmes.

Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by entrepreneur Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler’s Wells. Sadler’s Wells is a charity and a National Portfolio Organisation, currently receiving 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England.
www.sadlerswells.com

 

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