• Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music

Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion


'A joy to encounter. Apart from John Hegley serenading me at The Lighthouse in Cromarty last month, I cannot think when I have laughed more!' — Susan Christie, Inverness

Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music
is made-up of piano, dance and text solos, edited around strict rhythmic structures. 

They span the overtly political, the understated and the oblique, ranging in temperament and emotion from the extremely calm and extremely harmonic, to the extremely loud and the extremely vulgar. There will definitely be extremely bad dancing to extremely French music.

Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music was created by choreographer Karl Jay-Lewin and the critically acclaimed composer Matteo Fargion. It is performed by Karl and pianist Tim Parkinson.

Karl Jay-Lewin is leading a performance workshop called Dropping Stitches as part of the artist development programme we're running with Groundwork Pro. It's on Monday 13 November from 10am to midday at Chapter. Click here for information.

'Happily, I did see the gloriously funny / sad / lovely / rebellious Karl Jay-Lewin’s show on at the Traverse...'
Morag Deyes, Dance Base
'It’s also got an excellent title – who hasn’t done some private flailing around to Françoise Hardy?'
★★★★ Broadway Baby

Created by Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion
Performed by Karl Jay-Lewin and Tim Parkinson

About the artists

Karl Jay-Lewin is a choreographer, performer and presenter. In addition to his dance and performance practice Karl is Creative Director of Bodysurf Scotland, programming and directing its RISE! festival of contemporary dance and performance. Karl has created many pieces, over many years. He co-founded Culture Café and is a board member of The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands). 

Matteo Fargion is a musician and performer form Milan. He began studying classical guitar before entering the University of Natal to continue music studies under the guidance of the composer Kevin Volans, whose composition teaching became an important influence on his later music and performance work. Matteo has worked extensively in dance and theatre over the past three decades. This has included a rich, twenty year collaboration with the renowned choreographer Jonathan Burrows. Matteo is a long-time visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, where he has worked on a new approach to teaching composition to young choreographers.

Karl and Matteo are currently working on a new production called Extremely Pedestrian Chorales.