Any Table Any Room

Jonathan Burrows (Choreographer), Matteo Fargion (Composer)

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance



    Any Table Any Room is a practice-based investigation into the limits and possibilities for individual agency and at the same time togetherness within choreographic practice as shared resource. 

    In each new city, four local dance artists are invited to join choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion as part of a three day process leading to a performance on the third day. The process invites participatory conversation about the paradoxes of choreographic practice and the limits of autonomy available to individual dance artists within the set frameworks of a piece. It investigates and questions the possibilities and limits of shared form, using scores not as a restrictive set of rules but as agreement between performers to foment moments of potential negotiation and relationship.

    The shared scores for Any Table Any Room are a translation of Karlheinz Stockhausen's 1969 vocal piece Stimmung, which itself explores freedom and collectivity within the group. The key principle of Stockhausen's piece is that each section has a designated leader whose role is to recognise when the previous block has 'integrated', at which point they may initiate the next. This leadership by retrospective recognition of collective decision, is the inverse of the leader as predictor of future action and so offers a tool for questioning hierarchies of decision making. 

    The project builds upon Burrows and Fargion's long experience of working with performance scores, as well as drawing upon a wider community of practice in contemporary dance within which ideas of togetherness and autonomy continue to be challenged, particularly the artistic research of Katye Coe and Charlie Morrisey1, Deborah Hay2, Lisa Nelson3, Chrysa Parkinson4 and Xavier Le Roy5.

    Outcomes for this research include ongoing performances; conversations with invited artists and public; publicly accessible video; collation of scores; workshops; notebooks and prepared writing and lectures.  


    - Video documentation of performance at Triennale Milan, 2019: Any Table Any Room

    - Duration: 40 minutes

    - Performers: 

    Brighton - Claire Godsmark, Janine Fletcher, Sue MacLaine, Scott Smith

    Coventry - Katye Coe, Nicola Conibere, Simon Ellis, Colin Poole, 

    London - Seke Chimutengwende, Tanja Erhart, Jacky Lansley, Alesandra Seutin

    Brussels - Andros Zins-Browne, Mette Edvardsen, Dounia Mahammed, Lili Rampre

    Oslo - Janne Mikkelsen,  Roza Moshtaghi, ThomasTalawa Prestø, Ingunn Rimestad

    San Sebastian - Blanca Arrieta, Zurine Benavente, Miguel Pérez, Hannah Frances Whelan

    Milan - Marta Capaccioli, Sofia Casprini, Francesco Marilungo, Lucrezia Palandri

    - Production credits:

    concept, score and direction - Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

    dramaturgy - Katye Coe, Nicola Conibere

    Any Table Any Room was supported by public funding through the National Lottery from Arts Council England and co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler's Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen

    - Premiere:

    Attenborough Centre Brighton, 15th April 2017

    - Performances and seminars to date:

    St Anne's Church Lewes (sharing), 11th November 2016

    Attenborough Centre Brighton (sharing), 21st December 2017

    Coventry University, sharing, 14th February 2017

    Warwick Arts Centre, 21st November 2017

    The Place Theatre London (seminar), 30th January 2018

    Black Box Theatre Oslo, Norway, 10th/11th12th March, 2018

    Performing Arts Forum St Erme, France, seminar, 4th April 2018

    Kaaitheater Brussels, Belgium, 25th/26th April 2018

    Lillian Baylis at Sadler's Wells Theatre London, 10th/11th May 2018

    ARTgia Gallery Vitoria Gasteiz, 23rd November 2018

    Triennale Teatro dell'Arte Milan, Italy, October 30th/31st 2019


    1 Katye Coe and Charlie Morrisey Preparation (2015) and shared practice at Coventry University 2016

    2 Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project (1998-2002), The Match (2004)

    3 Lisa Nelson Tuning Scores (1980s-)

    4 Chrysa Parkinson teaching and conversations (2000-)

    5 Xavier Le Roy Project (2003), Low Pieces (2011)

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBrighton, Coventry, London, Brussels, Oslo, San Sebastian, Milan
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017
    EventAny Table Any Room - Attenborough Centre, Brighton, United Kingdom
    Duration: 15 Apr 201715 Apr 2017


    • Dance Performance Collaboration


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