Autumn Performance Series

Decoda in collaboration with Dance Art Foundation & C-DaRE present


Two performances by Joe Moran

Friday 24 October 2014
Performance: 7pm 
Coventry University


Arrangement by Joe Moran
Photography: David Edwards

Assembly: early evening performance
Two works by choreographer Joe Moran, each a very different response to the question ‘what can dance say, today?’ The bold all-male ensemble, Arrangement is presented in a double-bill with the trio Obverse, commissioned for The Place Prize for dance sponsored by Bloomberg. Full-bodied dancing, stillness, virtuosity and overblown masculinity all come under inspection in this arresting evening of dance.

‘Wilfully deviant dance’ –

‘Thoughtful, challenging and wide-ranging’ – Time Out

Critical Dialogues: afternoon symposium
The performances are preceded by a half day symposium at C-DaRE.
Is there value in discussing performance as an audience? Is it possible for large groups of individuals to engage in meaningful discussion? Is the post-performance discussion fatally flawed and redundant? Is it possible to conceive an approach that supports multiple voices, perspectives and needs?

Professor Sarah Whatley (C-DaRE, Coventry University) and choreographer Joe Moran (Dance Art Foundation), in partnership with Decoda, co-convene Critical Dialogues, a short symposium on the potential of audience discussion. Sarah and Joe invite an artist, producer and critic to present brief responses to this series of questions, offering a context and reference for shared navigation. In the early evening, Joe’s performance Assembly will be an opportunity to test out discussion models we may have conceived.

Bookings and further information


Full Price £12 | Concessions £7

email to book your ticket


Full Price £12 | Concessions £7

For symposium bookings please visit or email

Assembly: Critical Dialogues is a partnership between Dance Art Foundation, C-DaRE and Decoda. It is part of Joe Moran’s Assembly national tour produced by Dance Art Foundation and funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, with support from The Place, South East Dance, Movingeast, Artsadmin and Merseyside Dance Initiative. Photography: David Edwards.

Decoda presents Body Not Fit For Purpose

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

Monday 17th November 7:30pm 

The work of Burrows and Fargion radiates delight even as it makes the audience think. Over the past ten years the two artists have built a body of duets which mix the formality of classical music composition with an open and often anarchic approach to performance and audiences, bringing them a worldwide following.

Body Not Fit For Purpose is the duo’s first overtly political work, taking as its starting point the inadequacy of the dancing body to express that which is of concern and at the same time the inherent radicality of the attempt. The performance unravels the link between meaning and action, raising questions in the midst of our laughter.

There’s a beguiling mix of the scholarly, the quizzical and the righteously indignant that is unique to Fargion and Burrows…the concentration of their work demonstrates how much expressive power even a small gesture, a tiny variation of tone or rhythm, can possess’ 
Judith Mackrell on Body Not Fit For Purpose, The Guardian London, 23rd June 2014

Body Not Fit For Purpose is commissioned by the Venice Biennale and supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are co-produced by Kaaitheater Brussels, PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen. They are currently in-house artists at the Nightingale, Brighton England and would like to thank also Canon Richard Moatt and St Anne’s Church Lewes.

Management: Nigel Hinds –
 More information at 

Bookings and further information

Full Price £12 | Concessions £7

email to book your ticket

Venue: The Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University. Click here to see a map.