Matteo Fargion (IT/GB) studied composition with Kevin Volans in South Africa and later with Howard Skempton in London. Since 1989, when he attended the Gulbenkian Course for Composers and Choreographers, he has collaborated with many choreographers, including Jeremy James, Russell Maliphant, Lynda Gaudreaux, Stephanie Schober, Siobhan Davies (›Art of Touch‹, ›Bank‹, ›In Plain Clothes‹) and notably Jonathan Burrows.
Together with Jonathan Burrows he has made a much heralded trilogy of duets, ›Both Sitting Duet‹ (2002), ›The Quiet Dance‹ (2005) and ›Speaking Dance‹ (2006), in which he also performs. The two artists received the New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for ›Both Sitting Duet‹ in 2004. Fargion also writes for theatre, particularly in Germany, where he has worked at the Residenz Theater Munich, and at the Berlin Schaubühne under the direction of Thomas Ostermeier. He is a visiting member of faculty at Anne Terese de Keersmaeker’s ›Performing Arts Research and Training Studios‹ (P.A.R.T.S.) where he teaches composition. In 2011, Matteo Fargion appeared at PACT together with Jonathan Burrows in their duets, ›Cheap Lecture‹ (2009) and ›The Cow Piece‹ (2010) and in 2014, in ›Show And Tell‹ and ›Body Not Fit For Purpose‹.
Matteo Fargion is currently working with Jonathan Burrows 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.