Body Not Fit For Purpose
By Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Monday 17th November 7:30pm
Tickets -Full Price £12 | Concessions £7
Venue: Decoda, Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University.
The work of Burrows and Fargion radiates delight even as it makes the audience think. Over the past ten 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.
Body Not Fit For Purpose is the duo’s first overtly political work, taking as its starting point the inadequacy of the dancing body to express that which is of concern and at the same time the inherent radicality of the attempt. The performance unravels the link between meaning and action, raising questions in the midst of our laughter.
‘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’ Judith Mackrell on Body Not Fit For Purpose, The Guardian London, 23rd June 2014
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 co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen. They are currently in-house artists at the Nightingale, Brighton England and would like to thank also Canon Richard Moatt and St Anne’s Church Lewes.
Management: Nigel Hinds – firstname.lastname@example.org