Jonathan Burrows

(b. 1960)

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(b Bishop Auckland, 23 Mar. 1960)

British dancer, choreographer and director. He studied at the Royal Ballet School (from 1970) and danced with the Royal Ballet from 1979 to 1991, promoted to soloist in 1986. At Covent Garden he excelled in character roles. In 1988 he founded his own company, the Jonathan Burrows Group, which was initially supported by the Royal Ballet but after 1992 was fully independent. His early style was influenced by English folk dance which he taught at the Royal Ballet School (1979–84), his more recent work has involved a rigorous deconstruction of movement and rhythm, often to witty effect. Burrows's works for his own company included Hymns (1988), dull morning, cloudy mild (1989), Stoics (1991), Very (1992), Our (1994), and The Stop Quartet (1996). He also choreographed works for Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (Catch and The Winter Play) and the Frankfurt Ballet (Walking/music, 1997). In 2000 he disbanded his company, since when he has collaborated with other performers, notably Matteo Fargion, with whom he has created three duets, Both Sitting Duet (2002), Quiet Dance (2005), and Speaking Dance (2006). He has taught widely including at de Keersmaeker's school P.A.R.T.S. and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Subjects: Dance.

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