The creative process of the choreographer is presented as a form of slow and casual accumulation of meaning that emerges during the work itself. Choreography is not the result of a fixed and predetermined idea but rather of the work itself.
What does choreography consist of? In Rewriting (2019), Jonathan Burrows - drifting between exuberance and hesitation - seeks to map that unknown territory known as choreography. He does so by taking his cue from a performance that he has been working on for two years and which is yet to be presented, and through excerpts from his book A Choreographer’ Handbook (2010). In contrast to the dominant model, according to which a successful production is the result of a set, predetermined idea, Burrows proposes a method of slow and casual accumulation of meaning that emerges through the work itself. He likes to quote Mette Edvardsen, who describes her own work as “the dust that accumulates through the work”.
The choreographer Jonathan Burrows began his career as a member of the Royal Ballet of London. In 2002 he began a collaboration with the composer Matteo Fargion; the duo describes their work as “hand-made and on a human scale”. The formality of classical music is contaminated with a more informal and often anarchical approach to performance. Burrows and Fargion are co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen and the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. His A Choreographer’s Handbook has sold more than 16,000 copies. Burrows is currently an Associate Professor at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research.
The event is part of the series ENDLING E ALTRE COSE PERDUTE, by lacasadargilla.
ENDLING E ALTRE COSE PERDUTE is an exploration of themes regarding the concept of “end”, viewed in its broad sense as extinction of species and society, but also of memory, time and relations. Extinction is not related exclusively to the classic idea of the extinction of species, of all those delicate and complex organisms that make up our planet, but also the “dead ends” of our lives, failed relationships and alliances, of our past and of a future that we can only catch a glimpse of. The Earth is our field of action, the only concrete place to experience life as we know it, the first field of study of the complex systems that provide the foundations of relationships, imagination, anthropologies and ecosystems that resist - barely surviving - geological, biological and human mutations.
Duration: 45 minutes
by and with Jonathan Burrows
Jonathan Burrows is supported by PACT Zollverein Essen and Sadler’s Wells Theatre London
The performance in Milan is presented in co-production with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa
Performance in English