Goldberg Variations

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Andersson Dance/Scottish Ensemble

5 - 7 July 2018 / 19:45

Eleven musicians and five dancers: string orchestra Scottish Ensemble and Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance are choreographed as one entity in a euphoric interpretation of composer JS Bach’s celestial harmonies.

The companies invite us into the world of Bach’s music, helping us to deconstruct it. Should we simply listen to the music, or can we move? The dancers may fling themselves around the stage with wild abandon, mirror and amplify the musicians’ movements as if ripples, then waves, are passing through the entire company, or treat us to a beautiful duet or solo in more reflective passages. The musicians- choreographed throughout - temporarily lose their instruments to join the revels.

One of the most loved of Bach’s works, Goldberg Variations is taken down from its pedestal and inventively, at times surreally, reimagined for our times as something joyful, moving and human. Choreographer Örjan Andersson describes the alchemy of the piece: ‘It’s magical when music and movement become something greater than themselves.’

Running time one hour, fifteen minutes/no interval

Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity)


Presented by the Barbican

Produced by Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble, Nordberg Movement

Coproduced with Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg and Riksteatern

Made possible with support by City of Stockholm, Creative Scotland and Swedish Arts Council

Images Hugh Carswell


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