Facing Front Part Two: Lectures and Performances by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

26 - 27 Jun 2015
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Neighborhood House Theater, 20 North American Street, Philadelphia


Counting to One Hundred. Photo by Herman Sorgeloos. Pictured, from left to right: Matteo Fargion, Jonathan Burrows.

Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Anna Drozdowski, a curator of performance, hosts European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career. Describing what they do as "handmade and human-scale," the two have built a body of duets which juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance, composition and audience.

Their complex frameworks combine non-spectacular elements to arrive at a deceptive virtuosity, radiating delight and activating our brains. Run through with humor and wit, while retaining a sense of formality, these friends and collaborators show us how compelling a simple score can be.

In addition to eight unique performances of their duets, the two-week period includes workshops open to performers across genres, post-performance chats, and a booklet containing essays, photos, scores, interviews, and commentaries.

Friday, June 26

7 p.m. — "Show and Tell" and "Rebelling Against Limit"
9 p.m. — "One Flute Note"

Saturday, June 27

7 p.m. — "Body Not Fit For Purpose" and talk
9 p.m. — "Cheap Lecture" and "The Cow Piece"