Facing Front: Writing Dance Masterclass

20 Jun 2015
2 p.m. - 5 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.

Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion lead a master class investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a performance can be made and what it might communicate to someone watching. Practical work will concentrate on short, task-based exercises looking at how to find material and work with time, using formal means to amplify and clarify the dramaturgy of what's happening.

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.

This workshop is for anybody involved in the performing arts: composers, choreographers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors, curators, teachers and writers. No special physical skills or clothing are necessary.

Registration is free, but required.