52 Portraits: Love songs to dance

Subjects from right across Britain’s diverse dance scene and international companies visiting Sadler’s Wells are the subject of 52 Portraits, an online project created by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning.

Starting January 4th, each week of 2015 will see the release a short gestural portrait of a different dancer. Each will be a very personal dance, filmed sitting at a table and accompanied by a song based on their autobiography, inspired by a tune of their choice. Participants will include well-known performers, choreographers as well as younger artists.

Each portrait aims to capture its subject in profound, funny and surprising ways, revealing their stories, thoughts and struggles. The creators describe the project as an epic love song written to an art form.

52 Portraits builds on the success of the Olivier Award-nominated The Elders Project, made by Burrows and Fargion in 2014 for the Elixir Festival at Sadler’s Wells.

To subscribe to the project, visit www.52portraits.co.uk.