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The gestures performed in these choreographic works have no direct link to sign language, nor were the choreographies designed with deaf audiences in mind. What happened, rather, is that either during the creation process or the public performances certain deaf persons highlighted to the artists the ways in which these works enabled them to perceive sound.
These testimonies are presented here and the selection will be supplemented over the course of the publication. The publication will also include an article which will analyze how the deaf-world perspective might transform the way we approach the historical issue of musical expression through dance.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Both Sitting Duet, 2002

The two artists have stated that Both Sitting Duet1 has no direct link to sign language, being rather a gestural translation from the score (not the sound) of a piece of music - Morton Feldman's 'For John Cage' - and that the gestures were chosen according to rhythmic properties in relation to the demands of this music, accepting meaning where it arose but never accentuating or developing it. The primary effect for audiences over the years has been described by many people as hearing music where none exists, which is a kind of synesthesia where one sensory experience or expectation is confused with another. People have, from time to time, asked if the gestures are meant to mean something, but usually in relation to particular performances where one or other set of linked gestures sparked a reaction, specific to that country or culture. The piece has never been performed for an audience of deaf people, though the profoundly deaf choreographer Chisato Minamura did indeed see it and entered into a long and ongoing exchange about the 'visibility' of unheard music, which conversation has been greatly illuminating.

Video

  • Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

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  • Grégory Castéra

is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is the co-director and co-founder of Council. From 2010-12 he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, where he conducted various research projects on knowledge production within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, events, and exhibitions. Since 2007, he has co-authored L’Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, a program focused on the creation of tools for the representation of art as an ecology (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshop on curating research, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Betonsalon, Wiels, T2G, Centre Pompidou).
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is the co-director and co-founder of Council. From 2010-12 he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, where he conducted various research projects on knowledge production within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, events, and exhibitions. Since 2007, he has co-authored L’Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, a program focused on the creation of tools for the representation of art as an ecology (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshop on curating research, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Betonsalon, Wiels, T2G, Centre Pompidou).
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

1. Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Both Sitting Duet, 2002
Performance, 40min
Video by Hugo Glendinning (10')
The score of the performance is available in Jonathan Burrow's website
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