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Jonathan Burrows

Artist Researcher: Senior Research Fellow

My Research Vision

I come to academically framed research from my position as a practising artist and performer, and am interested in using the opportunity to question what might constitute research within dance practice, and how academic views might also encompass non-linear, unstable and wasteful aspects of artistic work.

I'm also interested in questioning what an expanded choreographic field might be: how the choreographic accumulates and transforms information; how a spectator processes this information; where the boundaries of the choreographic lie; what the immaterial elements or material traces of choreographic practice might be; and how collective, collaborative and other social aspects of the choreographic become a hidden politics at its heart.


Jonathan Burrows is a choreographer who has for the past 15 years focussed on an ongoing body of work with the composer Matteo Fargion. The two men are currently touring 10 different pieces, which continue to be performed widely internationally, including retrospectives in various countries. Burrows and Fargion's work is couched in dance practice, but draws upon approaches and materials from different performance forms. Recent work includes the duet Body Not Fit For Purpose made for the 2014 Venice Dance Biennale, a video installation Der Moderne Tanz made in 2016 for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, and the 2016 year-long online 52 Portraits project (

Burrows and Fargion are co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler's Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, and are currently in- house artists at the Nightingale Brighton.

Burrows has been a regular visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S. Brussels and a Guest Professor at universities in Berlin, Gent, Giessen, Hamburg and London. His ‘A Choreographer's Handbook’ is published by Routledge.

Selected Outputs

  • Burrows, J., Fargoin, M., and Glendding, H. (2016) 52 Portraits [online]
  • Burrows, J., Fargion, M., and Godsmark, C. (2016) Der Moderne Tanz [video installation and live event] ‘Art—Music—Dance’. Salzburg: Museum der Moderne, 19 March 2016
  • Burrows, J., and Fargoin, M. (2013) Motionbank web project [online]
  • Burrows, J. (2015) ‘Keynote address’. Postdance Conference. Held 14-16 October 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Pieces currently touring: 'Both Sitting Duet' (2002), 'Speaking Dance (2006), 'Cheap Lecture' (2009), 'The Cow Piece' (2009), 'One Flute Note' (2012), 'Show And Tell' (2013), 'Rebelling Against Limit' (2013), Body Not Fit For Purpose (2014) - Burrows and Fargion gave 41 performances in 2015 across Sweden, UK, Portugal, Belgium, Iceland, France, Spain, USA, Germany, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic and Brazil
  • Burrows, J. (2010) A Choreographer's Handbook. Abingdon: Routledge (Slovenian translation published by Maska 2011)
  • Burrows, J. (2015) 'Body Not Fit For Purpose'. Performance Research 20 (5), 81-86.
  • Burrows, J. (2014) 'Rebelling Against Limit'. In DANSE: An Anthology. Ed. by Solomon, N. Les Presses du Réel.
  • Cools, G. (2013) Body:Language Booklet #4', Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion. London: Sadler Wells.
  • Burrows, J. (2012) 'WHAT'S THE SCORE?' [Interview edited by M. Van Imschoot and K. Van den Brande] on SARMA oralsite website.
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Artist Researcher: Senior Research Fellow

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