Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece

Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

Cheap Lecture is a spoken performance for two men, set to music. Philosophical as well as humorous, Cheap Lecture leads the audience to unexpected digressions.

Jonathan Burrows is one of Britain’s leading contemporary choreographers. He began his career in The Royal Ballet in London, but resigned in the early 1980s to found his own company. This also marked the beginning of his long collaboration with the Italian-born composer and musician Matteo Fargion.

Initially, Fargion composed music for Burrows’ works, but soon the collaboration became closer and they began creating duets. The two-part Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece which can be seen in Kiasma is one of them.

Cheap Lecture (2009) is a spoken performance for two men, set to music. Burrows and Fargion rant about empty hands, audience, time, repetition and dancing, continuing the journey begun in their earlier works (including Both Sitting Duet from 2002). Philosophical as well as humorous, Cheap Lecture leads the audience to unexpected digressions.

The Cow Piece (2009) is a chaotic meditation on dance, music and mortality. In addition to spoken language, there are objects, movement and sounds on stage. The Cow Piece repeats and deconstructs the structure of Cheap Lecture.

Created and performed by:
Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

The performance is part of the Moving in November Festival.