Festival Opening Event: Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

  • Dance Limerick John's Square Limerick, County Limerick Ireland

52 Portraits (selection) and Body Not Fit For Purpose (live performance)

The performance work of Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion radiates delight even as it makes the audience think.  Over the past 12 years, the two artists have built a body of work which mixes the formality of classical music composition with an open and often anarchic approach to performance and audiences, combining intellectual rigour with unexpected humour, bringing them a worldwide following.

52 Portraits is a year-long online project with filmmaker Hugo Glendinning, produced by Sadler's Wells Theatre.  Every Monday throughout 2016, a short gestural portrait of a different dancer is released, with Fargion and his daughter Francesca singing their biographies.

To open Light Moves, Burrows and Fargion will show a selection of the portraits, followed by a live performance of their Venice Biennale commission Body Not Fit For Purpose, which clashes angry politics against the empty joy of dancing, unravelling the link between meaning and action, and raising questions in the midst of our laughter.  Body Not Fit For Purpose compliments the gestural landscape of the portraits and brings a live element to the screening.

Jonathan Burrows is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.  His book A Choreographer's Handbook has sold over 10,000 copies.  Matteo Fargion writes music for theatre and teaches international composition workshops for choreographers.

"irresistible theatre... there are few performers who can hold an audience captive like this double act" - The Guardian