Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece

28 August

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion return to Perth for an exclusive Australian premier of Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece. A one-night only performance and the first in the inaugural MoveMe dance festival.

Cheap Lecture is a philosophical and humorous performance set to music. In a rant about empty hands, audience, time, repetition and dancing, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion continue the journey begun in their earlier pieces, Both Sitting Duet (2002), The Quiet Dance (2005) and Speaking Dance (2006), while drawing us ever-outwards into a series of unforeseen images and digressions.

Cheap Lecture is followed directly by The Cow Piece, which tests to the limit the rules we have just been hearing. Using objects, text, movement and sound, The Cow Piece is a chaotic meditation upon dance, music and mortality.


“There are few performers who can hold an audience captive like this double act: the timing of every note, shrug, laugh and gesture is awesome. Five stars.” – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, London“Now, what about Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece? Both are dazzling, and they belong together. The simplicity of means in Burrows and Fargion’s work and the sheer fun that pervades it seduce you into loving it. All the while it’s inexorably revealing its genius.” – Toby Tobias, artsjournal.com, New York

“the funniest, richest, most life-enhancing evening I’ve had at anything associated with the ‘dance’ label this year (probably since their last one)” – Ismene Brown, the artsdesk.com, London

“occasionally feeling gloomy during some performance or other, I’ve wished that a fedup theater goblin would whisk away the show I’m watching and deposit Burrows and Fargion in its place.” – Deborah Jowitt, New York

  • Artists
  • Jonathan Burrows
  • Matteo Fargion
  • Presented by
    Strut Dance in association with PICA

  • Location

    PICA Performance Space

  • Date

    28 August, 2012

  • Tickets

    Full $28
    Concession/Art Addicts $22

    Tickets and booking info www.pica.org.au or 9228 6300