Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia

"Play the opening of the Goldberg Variations to someone today, and usually they all have heard it – whether in its original form, one of the many transcribed and transposed versions, or in a completely different setting in a totally different genre. It started life as a study for harpsichord; a simple aria, and a set of 30 variations where the aria functions as a hard drive for the whole work. 2015, Örjan Andersson (Andersson Dance) and Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble) added their own. 11 musicians and 5 dancers perform Goldberg Variations as equal partners – both choreographed, the result is a singular experience of musician and dancer performing as one. It’s here that the subtleties of the interpretation come out; was Goldberg Variations intended to be a purely aural experience, or can we move to it? How do we, and how can we, experience these notes in the 21st century?"

Örjan Andersson
Musical direction
Jonathan Morton
Set and light design
Costume design
Bente Rolandsdotter
Violin Jonathan Morton Violin, Cheryl Crockett, Daniel Pioro Violin 2 Rakhvinder Singh, Joanne Green, Laura Ghiro Viola Jane Atkins, Andrew Berridge Cello Alison Lawrence, Naomi Pavri Double bass Diane Clark Cello Alison Lawrance, Naomi Pavri Double bass Diane Clark
Jozsef Forro, Eve Ganneau, Paul Pui Wo Lee, Csongor Szabo, Danielle de Vries
Video design
Sam Salem
Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble & Nordberg Movement
Co- production
With Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg & Riksteatern. Made possible with generous support by the Swedish Arts Council, The City of Stockholm & Creative Scotland
Hugh Carswell


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