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News - 20th of April 2017

MEDIA RELEASE | Show & Tell and Body Not Fit for Purpose

MEDIA RELEASE | Show & Tell and Body Not Fit for Purpose

Presented by PICA and STRUT Dance

Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion have created a world-wide following for their influential performance work, which defies genre with its mixture of intellectual rigour and unexpected humour. We’re thrilled to announce that the duo will be in Perth to perform a double bill  Show & Tell  and  Body not  Fit  for Purpose in late April.

Burrows and Fargion have collaborated for over twenty-five years and continue to present their work all around the world, including recent major retrospectives in Lisbon, Porto, Philadelphia, Bologna and Barcelona.

“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.” The Guardian, London

The evening begins with  Show &  Tell, a quiet meditation on the hidden influences that underpin the duo’s work. Burrows and Fargion compose a presentation of formative images and sounds as they examine what is absorbed and transformed, buried and disclosed, engaged and appropriated in the making of performances.

This will be followed by the artists’ most recent project  Body Not Fit for Purpose, commissioned by the 2014 Venice Biennale and performed around the world. The piece unravels the link between meaning and action while raising uncomfortable questions in the midst of their laughter.

The duo focuses on opening a conversation with the audience, breaking down the fourth wall as they explore rhythmic relationships of ideas, gesture and music. These captivating works display innate intellect whilst redefining the relationship between dance and music.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Burrows and Fargion’s acute and technically precise performative works. Show & Tell and Body Not Fit for Purpose is proudly presented by PICA in collaboration with Strut Dance.

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Performance Details

Show & Tell and Body Not Fit for Purpose
Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
PICA Performance Space
Dates & Times | 28 – 29 April, 7:30pm

Standard: $32
Members: $26
Concession & Groups (6+): $22
Workshop: $10 | FREE for ticketholders
BOOKINGS | / 9228 6300 or in person at PICA reception

Jonathan Burrows Writing Dance Workshop
29 April, 3 – 5pm | PICA Performance Space
Join Jonathan Burrows as he leads an insightful workshop questioning why and how to make a performance – open to anyone.




Photo: Luca Ghedini

PICA’s ongoing programs are primarily supported by an investment from the State of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts in association with Lotterywest, assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. PICA is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion appear courtesy of Dance Sites, an ongoing partnership between Dancehouse (Melbourne), Critical (Perth) (Sydney), STRUT Dance (Perth), of which PICA partners with in 2017.