Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion [BE/UK]

Cheap Lecture + The Cow Piece

Cheap Lecture + The Cow Piece
Cheap Lecture + The Cow Piece


For the past ten years the choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer
Matteo Fargion have been creating a furore with their deceptively simple
but humorous, virtuoso duets where dance and music enter into an
exciting relationship. It began with Both Sitting Duet (2002), The Quiet
(2005) and Speaking Dance (2006). We are now offering you their second trilogy.

Cheap Lecture (2009) is a rhythmic spoken performance set to music, a tirade about empty hands, audiences, time, repetition and dance and a few other things. It continues the journey Burrows and Fargion began in the first three duets.

The Cow Piece
(2009) repeats the structure of Cheap Lecture. It plays with text, movement and sounds, but also with objects. It is a meditation on dance, music and mortality.

Counting To One Hundred , (2011) again plays breathtakingly with rhythm and counterpoint.

Deborah Jowitt, the first lady among New York dance critics, wrote the following on Cheap Lecture: ‘When I occasionally feel gloomy during some performance or other, I’ve wished that a fed-up theater goblin would whisk away the show I’m watching and deposit Burrows and Fargion in its place.’ May her will be done.

Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece have so far been invited to 28 countries around the world, and Cheap Lecture
was selected for the 2009 'best of the year' – the Theatre Festival in

'There are few performers who can hold an audience
captive like this double act… the timing of every note, shrug, laugh
and gesture is awesome. Five stars.'
The Guardian

‘Performances that dance in your mind’  Pieter T’Jonck, De Morgen

‘A bewitchingly witty dance of words and music and props’ – Deborah Jowitt on Cheap Lecture,, New York

‘The simplicity of means in Burrows and Fargion's work and the sheer fun
that pervades it seduce you into loving it. All the while it's
inexorably revealing its genius.’ –  Toby Tobias,, New

concept & performance Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion | Cheap Lecture was commissioned by Cultureel Centrum Maasmechelen & Dans in Limburg |The Cow Piece was co-produced by Kaaitheater (Brussels) | support Arts Council England