Body Not Fit For Purpose, Venice Biennale, June 2014
Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion gave the first public performances of their new creation Body Not Fit For Purpose as part of the 2014 Biennale Danza, Venice.
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. Built on the structure of La Folia, one of Europe's earliest remembered melodies, the performance takes place at a table with Fargion's mandolin counterpointing Burrows's gestural language, each section introduced by a title that shifts, contradicts or erases the virtuosity of the dance with a political question.

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.

Danceblog with Judith Mackrell, 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

The two men 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 –