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Press Release: Sadler's Wells: Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion - Rebelling Against Limit - Wednesday 15 January

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Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion
Rebelling Against Limit
Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells
Wednesday 15 January 2014
Performance at 7pm (Duration: 45mins & post-show Q&A)
Tickets: £7.50
Box office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


On Wednesday 15 January choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion present their recent lecture-concert Rebelling Against Limit in the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells.


Rebelling Against Limit is a musical talk about why they do what they do and the usefulness - or not - of the structures and scores they use. The evening sees piano music played live by Fargion and cartoon drawings by Peter Rapp, accompanying the text by Burrows. Rebelling Against Limit was written for the Misery Of Form seminar during the German Tanzkongress in Dusseldorf in early 2013, and now presented to the public for the first time in London.


Jonathan Burrows is a former soloist with the Royal Ballet, leaving after 13 years in 1991 to pursue his own choreography. In 2001 he decided to concentrate on one to one collaborations with other artists, who would share the conception, making and performing of work. His main focus has been an ongoing series of duets with Fargion, they have given over 300 performances in 31 countries around the world. Both Sitting Duet won a 'Bessie' Award in 2004, and Cheap Lecture was chosen for the 2009 Het Theaterfestival in Belgium. He has worked with William Forsythe, Sylvie Guillem and Ballet Frankfurt. Burrows is the director of Sadler’s Wells Summer University, a four year open programme studying the art and craft of choreography.


Matteo Fargion studied composition with Kevin Volans and Howard Skempton. His interest in contemporary dance began after seeing Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform at Sadler’s Wells. This experience encouraged him to apply for the International Course for Choreographers and Composers in 1989, where he first wrote music for dance, and through which he met choreographer Jonathan Burrows with whom he has collaborated since. Matteo has worked with other choreographers including Lynda Gaudreau, Jeremy James and Russell Maliphant. Over the past 15 years he has developed a strong collaboration with Siobhan Davies, writing music for and performing in some of her most significant recent work.



Notes to Editors:

The evening is a collaboration with the Centre for Performance and Creative Exchange at the University of Roehampton, and marks Jonathan Burrows’ continuing role as Honorary Visiting Professor in Roehampton’s Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance.


About Sadler’s Wells Summer University

The first of its kind in the UK, Sadler’s Wells Summer University is a four year open programme studying the art and craft of choreography. Directed by one of the most respected choreographers working in Europe today, Jonathan Burrows, the Sadler’s Wells Summer University has given places to aspiring choreographers from a wide range of dance styles, offering free places to 15 students through open applications. Aimed specifically at choreographers with up to 5 years professional experience, the four-year programme features a two-week intensive period every summer.


The young professionals are given the opportunity to work with award-winning choreographer and author Jonathan Burrows for a fortnight of intensive talks, lectures, discussions and workshops. With additional input from guest artists and speakers the course focuses on compositional and choreographic processes, performance and philosophies. It also encourages participants to question how dance can be made and what it might communicate to somebody watching.


The 15 students are: Amy Bell, Cameron McMillan, Efrosini Protopapa, Gillie Kleiman, Danya Hammoud, Valentina Golfieri, Vicki Igbokwe, Alexander Whitley, Jamila Johnson Small, Melanie Teall, Wilkie Branson, Hemabharathy Palani, Hetain Patel, Matthias Sperling and Lorena Randi.


Sadler’s Wells Summer University is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

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