‘Crossing the Stage’ and other scores Workshop by Matteo Fargion


Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork
Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th August 2017
10am – 5pm daily
Cork City Dance Artist in Residence Programme Presents:
‘Crossing the Stage’ and other scores
by Matteo Fargion, hosted by Laura Murphy
€100 for three days
(This low cost is made possible through Firkin Crane Supports for Dance)
Book early to avoid disappointment – Limited places
Booking fee online €1.50 per ticket
Booking (021) 4507487 (Opening Hours 11am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday)

 A composition workshop focusing on what happens when ideas and techniques which come primarily from music are translated into movement. The sessions will consist of short task-based exercises, often using extreme reduction of possibilities to stimulate the imagination. Questions about how to find material, how to keep something going, what makes a strong or a weak change and other compositional ‘problems’ will be discussed. The workshop would suit performers and makers in any field.

 Matteo Fargion is a composer, performer and teacher. He has worked in dance and theatre for over 20 years, collaborating with leading choreographers and directors in the UK and abroad. For the past 15 years he has worked closely with Siobhan Davies, writing music for and performing in some of her most significant recent work.

 Together with Jonathan Burrows, he has made a series of 10 duets conceived, choreographed, composed, administrated and performed together. Both Sitting Duet, The Quiet Dance, Speaking Dance, Cheap LectureThe Cow PieceCounting to One Hundred, One Flute Note, Rebelling Against Limit, Show & Tell and Body Not Fit for Purpose are all touring, and the two men have now given almost 300 performances across Belgium, Germany, UK, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Italy, Austria, France, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Croatia, Ireland, USA, Finland, Lithuania, Brazil, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, South Korea, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Iceland and Australia. Both Sitting Duet won a 2004 New York Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Award, and Cheap Lecture was chosen for the prestigious 2009 Het Theaterfestival in Belgium.

 He has also written a lot of music for theatre, especially in Germany, where he has collaborated several times with Elmar Goerden (Stuttgarter Staatestheater, Residenztheater Munich, and Bochum Schauspielhaus) and with Thomas Ostermeier  at the Schaubühne Berlin.

 Matteo is also active as a teacher and a long-time visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S, the school of Anne Teresa De Keesrmaeker in Brussels, where he has worked on a new approach to teaching composition to choreographers, within a framework of music practice but built also on his wealth of experience as a performer. He has made several pieces for dance students, including two for Trinity Laban in London. 

Enquiries to Andrea at dance@firkincrane.ie