Siobhan Davies + Matteo Fargion

Matteo Fargion

Matteo Fargion was born in Milan in 1961. He studied composition with Kevin Volans in South Africa and later with Howard Skempton in London.

Since 1989, when he attended the Gulbenkian Course for Composers and Choreographers, he has collaborated with many choreographers, including Jeremy James, Russell Maliphant, Lynda Gaudreaux, Stephanie Schober, Jonathan Burrows and three times with Siobhan Davies (Art of Touch, Bank, In Plain Clothes). Since his residency at the prestigious Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart he has also written much theatre music, for productions by Thomas Ostermeier (Schaubühne, Berlin,) Tom Kuhnel (TAT, Frankfurt) and Elmar Goerden, (Residenz, Munich).

His concert music has been heard around the world, played by leading performers such as Robyn Schulkovsky, Balanescu Quartet, Smith Quartet and Carole Cerasi. Together with close collaborator Jonathan Burrows, Matteo has made a trilogy of duets Both Sitting Duet, The Quiet Dance, and Speaking Dance, which have toured so far to over 20 countries and won a Bessie Award in New York. Matteo also teaches composition workshops at Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's dance school in Brussels.

Siobhan Davies

Siobhan Davies advocates for the wider recognition of dance as a significant and extraordinary art form. She created her first piece Relay in 1972 and has made over 40 works for Siobhan Davies Dance, and other companies including Artangel, The Royal Ballet and Rambert. Her work has won numerous awards including an Olivier and South Bank Show Award and much of it has been filmed for television.