In 2007, Jonathan Saunders worked with renowned choreographer Siobhan Davies in an emotive and captivating presentation of contemporary dance. Comprising two parts (or quartets), both conceived simultaneously as halves of a whole and scored by Matteo Fargion, the piece starts with each of the four dancers somehow performing as one; the harmony of both their movement and their monochrome costuming aligning them almost as a single entity.
The second half of the performance sees a shift in dynamics; the dancers isolated, their now multi-coloured outfits vehemently individual, the once-bare stage decorated with translucent oblongs, fracturing our relationship to them. For Two Quartets, it is the harmony between movement, scenography, costume and sound that resulted in such a brilliantly impactful performance, which first celebrated and then challenged communal spirit. Each aspect of the performance’s production worked in tandem with the others, for a seamlessly compelling collaboration. Following the success of their initial partnership, Saunders worked again with Davies to create the costume for her project Endangered Species, a graceful yet expressive interpretation of her experiences travelling the Arctic.