Prelude – skydiving from a dream2018-11-13T05:09:03+00:00

Project Description

Prelude – Skydiving from a dream

Opening 9 Nov at Tramway, Glasgow.

Following the international success of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance present the world premiere of their second music-and-dance collaboration.

Fusing music and movement, musician and dancer, Prelude – skydiving from a dream takes three rich pieces of music that push at the boundaries and restrictions of artistic expression and creates something entirely new.

Centred around the live performance of Beethoven’s notorious Grosse Fugue – one of the most difficult, misunderstood, criticised and celebrated pieces in the musical canon – Prelude – skydiving from a dreambuilds toward the reward of exploring a work that resists categorisation.

Combining playful, dynamic choreography with razor-sharp live performance, musicians and dancers blur their roles and break the rules as they explore the very human paradox at the root of all three pieces: our need to seek out order amongst disorder, and the urge to tear apart our self-imposed rules and restrictions and embrace the adventure of what lies beyond.

Scottish Ensemble is a group of 12 outstanding musicians who champion music written for strings, crossing genres, styles, periods, and art forms to make new connections.

You might find them playing in a prestigious concert hall, a shopping centre, your local pub or an international music festival; by performing in as many different places as possible, they aim to reach as many different people as possible, letting them experience and enjoy classical music in a way that is relevant to them.

Re-defining the string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble inspires audiences in the UK and beyond with vibrant performances which are powerful, challenging and rewarding experiences. Known both in the UK and internationally for its versatility and ambitious programming, Scottish Ensemble reaches out to create rich partnerships across boundaries of genre, geography and musical style.

Founded in 1969 and based in Glasgow, Scottish Ensemble is the UK’s only professional string orchestra, built around a core of 12 outstanding string players who perform together under Artistic Director Jonathan Morton. SE’s distinctive programming style habitually blends music from different ages, offering new perspectives and making unexpected connections. Performing standing up, the individual players bring an energetic and passionate dynamic to every performance, both in the concert hall and in SE’s comprehensive programme of education and outreach activities.

Choreography Örjan Andersson 
Musical direction Jonathan Morton 


Beethoven Grosse Fugue 
plus excerpts from 
J. S. Bach The Art of Fugue and Lutosławski Preludes and Fugue for 13 Solo Strings 


Ida “Inxi” Holmlund Clyde Emmanuel Archer Hokuto Kodama 


Violin Jonathan Morton
Violin 1 Cheryl Crockett, Daniel Pioro, Kate Suthers 
Violin 2 Clio Gould, Joanne Green, Laura Ghiro 
Viola Jane Atkins, Andrew Berridge, Asher Zaccardelli 
Cello Alison Lawrance,  Naomi Pavri 
Double bass Diane Clark 

Set and light design Tobias Hallgren & Örjan Andersson 

Costume design Bente Rolandsdotter 

Production Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble & Nordberg Movement

Co-production  Andersson Dance & Scottish Ensemble 

Made possible with support from
Creative Scotland, The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm Stad,
the Swedish Embassy in London, and organised in collaboration
with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme.