Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia at Dance City, Newcastle (The Guardian)

Written by Alfred Hickling Published on Monday 23 November 2015 The composition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will always be mysterious. Were they really a musical sheep-counting exercise for the benefit of an insomniac ambassador? A harmonic exegesis of the Ptolemaic universe? A private joke at the expense of an unkind critic? Or maybe, as this… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (Fjord Review)

Written by Lorna Irvine Published on Tuesday 17 November 2015 Read the review on the Fjord Review website How to reinvent J.S. Bach’s famous, sublime Goldberg Variations? This collaboration between Stockholm-based choreographer Örjan Andersson and Scottish Ensemble’s Jonathan Morton seeks to do just that, with a series of choreographic movements integrated with the musicians themselves,… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (The Herald)

Written by Mary Brennan Published on Monday 16 November 2015 When live music supports dance, a dialogue of discovery comes alive between art forms and personnel – a dialogue that the Scottish Ensemble (SE) takes in fresh and invigorating directions with Goldberg Variations where the musicians don’t only play for Andersson Dance, they play with… Read more »

Music is power, music is peace.

  The Divan is not a love story, and it is not a peace story. It has very flatteringly been described as a project for peace. It isn’t. It’s not going to bring peace, whether you play well or not so well. The Divan was conceived as a project against ignorance. A project against the… Read more »

Music-and-dance collaboration opens at Glasgow’s Tramway

11 musicians from Scottish Ensemble and 5 dancers from Andersson Dance have arrived at Glasgow’s prestigious contemporary art and performance venue, Tramway, for rehearsals ahead of the first UK performances on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November. The collaboration is led by Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton and Andersson Dance Artistic Director Örjan Andersson, who came… Read more »