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The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival 2019

with Andersson Dance / Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

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Dancers and musicians together on stage

Our debut performances at the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, which this year celebrates Bach and his legacy.

We’re excited to have been invited to perform at this German festival, which each year chooses a composer to focus on. This year it’s Bach, and we’ll be presenting some of his music in two very different ways. On the first two nights, we’ll perform our collaboration with contemporary dance company Andersson Dance – a tender, playful reimagining of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. For our third night, we’ll be joined by the acclaimed Celtic-inspired duo Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp) for a programme spanning genres and styles.

About Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia

Play the opening of the Goldberg Variations to someone today, and usually they’ll 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.

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) came together to add their own, resulting in a collaboration which has since toured across the globe. 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?

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Choreography Örjan Andersson

Musical direction Jonathan Morton

Music  J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky)*

Musicians  Scottish Ensemble

Violin 1 Jonathan Morton (trio), Cheryl Crockett, Clio Gould
Violin 2 Rakhvinder Singh, Joanne Green, Laura Ghiro
Viola Jane Atkins (trio), Andrew Berridge
Cello Alison Lawrance (trio), Naomi Pavri
Double bass Diane Clark

Dancers Andersson Dance

Olivia Ancona, Jernej Bizjak, Jozsef Forro, Eve Ganneau and Ida Holmlund

Set and light design  SUTODA

Video design  Sam Salem

Costume design  Bente Rolandsdotter

Dyer/painter  Anna Lindqvist

Tailor  Bitte Palm

Technicians  Magnus Bergqvist & Albin Hallgren Åkerman / Lumination of Sweden

Production  Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble and Nordberg Movement

Co-production  Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg and Riksteatern

Made possible with support from Creative Scotland, The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm Stad, Region Stockholm.

*Music by J.S. Bach. Arranged by Dmitry Sitkovetsky. By arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC. publisher and copyright owner.

Book tickets

Kiel Schloss, Kiel

Mon 19 Aug 2019 at 8:00 pm

Dänische Str. 44, Kiel, 24103 Germany