Jonathan Burrows

1960 Bishop Auckland, UKLewes, UK

Jonathan Burrows danced with the Royal Ballet for thirteen years before leaving to pursue his own choreography. His main focus now is an ongoing series of duets with the composer Matteo Fargion, which have gained an international reputation and continue to tour widely. The two are currently in-house artists at the Nightingale Brighton and their most recent performance Body Not Fit For Purpose had its world premiere as part of the 2014 Venice Biennale. Burrows and Fargion are contributing artists for William Forsythe’s Motionbank website project. Other high profile commissions include work for Sylvie Guillem, Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, and the National Theatre, London. Burrows was an associate artist at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Gent, Belgium; London’s South Bank Centre; and Kaaitheater Brussels. He is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, and was also guest professor at universities in Berlin, Gent, Giessen, Hamburg, and London, as well as senior research fellow at Coventry University (2016–2020). His book A Choreographer's Handbook has sold over 8,000 copies since its publication in 2010 and is available from Routledge Publishing.

Selected performances
(in collaboration with composer Matteo Fargion)

  • Body Not Fit For Purpose, commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia, IT, 2014
  • Rebelling Against Limit, 2013
  • Show And Tell, 2013
  • One Flute Note, 2012
  • The Cow Piece, 2009

Selected commissions

  • 52 Portraits, year long online project in collaboration with Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK, 2016
  • Bakkhai, choreographer with Gillie Kleinman for director James MacDonald, Almeida Theatre London, UK, 2015
  • Can I Start Again Please, dramaturge for Sue MacLaine at the SICK Festival Brighton, winner of the Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh, UK, 2015
  • The Elders Project, collaboration with Matteo Fargion for Sadler's Wells Theatre, nominated for an Olivier Award, London, UK, 2014
  • Body Not Fit For Purpose and The Madonna Project, commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia, IT, 2014