Jonathan Burrows

Jonathan Burrows

Jonathan Burrows studied at The Royal Ballet School for eight years from the age of eleven to nineteen. He then began his choreographic career on an ‘Apprentice Choreographer’ contract with the Royal Ballet.

In 1986, while still a ballet dancer, he met and began to perform with the experimental choreographer Rosemary Butcher, with whom he continued to work on and off until 1999.

In 1988 he presented his first full length evening Hymms at The Place Theatre, followed by Dull Morning Cloudy Mild (1989) and Stoics (1991). At this point Burrows left The Royal Ballet and formed his own company The Jonathan Burrows Group, based at The Place Theatre, London.

Over the eight years from 1991 until 1999 the Jonathan Burrows Group made five pieces: Very (1992), Our (1994), The Stop Quartet (1996), Quintet (1996) and Things I Don't Know (1997), which were performed widely and began to attract an international reputation.

From 2000 onwards Burrows decided to break with the company model of working and concentrate on one to one collaborations with other artists, who would share the conception, making, performing and administrating of the work.

In 2010 Burrows worked with a new partner, the dancer Chrysa Parkinson, on Dogheart, which premiered at Kaaitheater in Brussels. In the same year he also made Holding them in front of you with Adrian Heathfield, which opened the Performance Matters season at Toynbee Hall, London.

Other high profile collaborators include Sylvie Guillem’s performance of his choreography in Adam Roberts' film Blue Yellow in 1996, his invitation in 1997 to choreograph Walking/music for William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt and Duet (1999) made in collaboration with Akram Khan for Desert Steps, an evening of the music of Kevin Volans. In 2008 he was Associate Director on Peter Handke's The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other for the National Theatre, London.

Written work includes A Choreographer's Handbook (2010) published by Routledge.

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