„52 Portaits” is an online project by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, which will release a short gestural portrait of a different dancer or performer every Monday throughout 2016.
The 52 subjects will be drawn from the vibrant London scene, as well as from companies passing through Sadler’s Wells during the course of the year. Each portrait will be a very personal dance, filmed sitting at a table and accompanied by Matteo singing their autobiography based on a tune of their choice. Participants will be of all ages, disciplines and cultural backgrounds, including both well-known performers and makers and younger artists.
52 Portraits builds on the success of the Olivier Award nominated The Elders Project, made by Burrows and Fargion in 2014 for Elixir Festival at Sadler’s Wells. Like The Elders Project, this will be an epic love song written to an art form. Reactions to the portraits made so far have testified to the profound, funny and surprising power of the project, which reveals the stories, thoughts and struggles of dancers in an unprecedented way.
producer: Sadler’s Wells
duration: 120 min