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Jonathan Burrows is a choreographer whose main focus is an ongoing body of pieces with the composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he continues to perform around the world. The two men are co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen and Sadler's Wells Theatre London. His ‘A Choreographer's Handbook’ has sold over 17,000 copies since its publication in 2010, and is available from Routledge Publishing. Burrows is currently an Associate Professor at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.

Research Interests

Contemporary dance and performance practice

Vision Statement

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.

As well as continued choreographic practice, I am currently researching cross-disciplinary advances in research on the relationship between action and perception, in relation to a re-evaluation of choreography as felt-sense rather than colonising structure.

External positions

External examiner for Matthias Sperling. Awarded Doctorate March 2022. Project title: No-How Generator: an artistic investigation of the event of choreographic performance as a site of embodied knowledge-generation, De Montfort University

Mar 2022 → …

Mid-term assessor for Rosalind Goldberg. Current student: Doctorate Student. Project title: Body-formation through choreography, Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Jan 2022 → …

Supervisor for Alethia Antonia. Second supervisor. Current student: Doctorate Student. Project title: tbc, De Montfort University

Oct 2021 → …

Supervisor for Etienne Guilloteau. Second supervisor. Completed January 2022: Doctorate Student. Project title - Borders in Representation: where are we now?, Norwegian Theatre Academy

Mar 2020Mar 2022


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