Official mini-documentary on Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia, a project by Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble.
11 musicians and 5 dancers are choreographed together as one in this new interpretation of J.S.Bach's masterpiece, Goldberg Variations.
Goldberg Variations is not only one of the most well-known, and most celebrated, pieces ever written, though – it’s one of the most interpreted. From theories that its structure deliberately mirrors the ascent of the nine spheres of Ptolemaic cosmology, to the claim that the whole thing is a cleverly coded rebuke to a critic who had snubbed the composer, there is clearly something about this sprawling, complex piece which invites interpretation.
In 2015, Örjan Andersson (Andersson Dance) and Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble) added their own, in which 11 musicians and 5 dancers perform 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?
Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia premiered in Stockholm on 17 Sep 2015 before touring the UK in Nov 2015, and returning to Sweden in Jan-Feb 2016.
CHOREOGRAPHY Örjan Andersson
MUSICAL DIRECTION Jonathan Morton
MUSICIANS Jonathan Morton, Cheryl Crockett, Daniel Pioro, Rakhvinder Singh, Joanne Green, Laura Ghiro, Jane Atkins, Andrew Berridge, Alison Lawrance, Naomi Pavri, Diane Clark
DANCERS Jozsef Forro, Eve Ganneau, Paul Pui Wo Lee, Csongor Szabo, Danielle de Vries
MUSIC J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky)
SET AND LIGHT DESIGN SUTODA
COSTUME DESIGN Bente Rolandsdotter
CHOREOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT Ina Sletsjoe
VIDEO DESIGN Sam Salem
DYER/PAINTER Anna Lindqvist
TAILOR Bitte Alm
TECHNICIANS Albin Akerman, Jonas Holst, Nora Schleu (for Lumination of Sweden)
PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM Hugh Carswell (Maker - makerhq.com)
PRODUCTION Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble & Nordberg Movement
CO-PRODUCTION Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg and Riksteatern
PRODUCTION MANAGERS Jenny Jamison (Scottish Ensemble), Anne Koutonen (Nordberg Movement)
GENERAL MANAGERS Fraser Anderson (Scottish Ensemble), Magnus Nordberg (Nordberg Movement)
Made possible with support from the Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm and Creative Scotland.
For tickets and up-to-date news and pictures: goldberg-variations.com