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with Andersson Dance

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Dancers and musicians together on stage

Eleven musicians. Five dancers. Choreographed together as one in a new interpretation
of the J.S. Bach masterpiece.


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.

Now, in 2015, Örjan Andersson (Andersson Dance) and Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble) will add 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?

Visit the official Goldberg Variations website


Choreography   Örjan Andersson
Musical direction   Jonathan Morton
Musicians   Scottish Ensemble
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
Video design   Sam Salem
Production   Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble & Nordberg Movement
Co-production   Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg & Riksteatern
Technical services In co-operation with Lumination of Sweden/SUTODA
Duration   60 min (approx)

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

Thuringia Bach Festival, Thuringia

Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 7:30 pm

Thuringia, Germany