Jonathan Burrows

Towards a Minor Dance

  • Daniela Perazzo Domm

Part of the New World Choreographies book series (NWC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Daniela Perazzo Domm
    Pages 1-30
  3. Daniela Perazzo Domm
    Pages 119-148
  4. Daniela Perazzo Domm
    Pages 209-223
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 225-232

About this book


The first monograph on the work of British choreographer Jonathan Burrows, this book examines his artistic practice and poetics as articulated through his choreographic works, his writings and his contributions to current performance debates. It considers the contexts, principles and modalities of his choreography, from his early pieces in the 1980s, to his latest collaborative projects, providing detailed analyses of his dances and reflecting on his unique choreomusical partnership with composer Matteo Fargion.

Known for its emphasis on gesture and humorous quality, and characterised by compositional clarity and rhythmical patterns, Burrows’ artistic work takes the language of choreography to its limits and engages in a paradoxical, and hence transformative, relationship with dance’s historical and normative structures. Exploring the ways in which Burrows and Fargion’s poetics articulates movement, performative presence and the collaborative process in a ‘minor’ register, this study conceptualises the work as a politically compelling practice that destabilises major traditions from a minoritarian position.


Jonathan Burrows Dance Choreography Critical theory Performance philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniela Perazzo Domm
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Performing ArtsKingston University LondonKingston upon ThamesUK

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