Having started his career as a soloist with the Royal Ballet in London, Jonathan Burrows (GB) formed the Jonathan Burrows Group in 1988 to present his own work. The company travelled widely and gained an international reputation with pieces such as ›Stoics‹ (1991), ›Very‹ (1992) or ›Things I Don’t Know‹ (1997). From 2000 onwards Burrows began working on one to one collaborations with other artists such as the Dutch theatre maker and performer Jan Ritsema. In 1989, he met and began his close collaboration with the composer Matteo Fargion. Their works together include a trilogy of duets, ›Both Sitting Duet‹ (2002), ›The Quiet Dance‹ (2005) and ›Speaking Dance‹ (2006) which they presented at PACT Zollverein in 2009 during the symposium EXPLORATIONEN 09 organised by tanzplan essen 2010. ›Both Sitting Duet‹ was awarded the New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award in 2004.
Burrows’ collaborators include Sylvie Guillem in a performance of his choreography in Adam Robert’s film ‘Blue Yellow’ in 1996, and his invitation in 1997 to choreograph for William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. He is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S. and is also a Visiting Professor for the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University Of London, the Performance Studies Department of Hamburg University and the Institute for Theatre Studies at the Free University Berlin. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Royal Holloway University of London. In 2011, Jonathan Burrows appeared at PACT together with Matteo Fargion in their duets, ›Cheap Lecture‹ (2009) and ›The Cow Piece‹ (2010) and in 2014 in ›Show And Tell‹ and ›Body Not Fit For Purpose‹.Jonathan Burrows is currently working with Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning on a year long digital project entitled ›52 Portraits‹. A short gestural portrait of a dancer or performer will be released at 52portraits.co.uk every Monday throughout 2016.