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Prelude - skydiving from a dream

with Andersson Dance

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On sale September 2019

Our critically-acclaimed music-and-dance production takes three rich pieces of music that push at the boundaries and restrictions of artistic expression, and creates something entirely new.

Merging astute, inquisitive choreography with razor-sharp live musical performance, Prelude – skydiving from a dream transports you to a dark, pulsating playground of ideas, teeming with the paradoxes grooved into the edges and corners of the human subconscious.

From amongst the dark, wild chaos of Lutosławski’s Preludes and the overwhelming precision of Bach’s Art of Fugue comes the climactic full performance of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue. Both celebrated and scorned, lauded and derided across its lifetime, this 21st-century reframing of the piece sheds new light on this epic composition.

Choreographed together, musicians move alongside dancers to create a palette of sight and sound that gleams with the grotesque and the glittering, the rational and the absurd.


Ludwig van Beethoven
Grosse Fugue

Plus extracts from

Johann Sebastian Bach
The Art of Fugue

Witold Lutosławski
Preludes and Fugue for 13 Solo Strings

You leave feeling as if you have gorged on the very stuff of life. Chaos, calm, disharmony, beauty, fear, connection, isolation – it’s all here, conveyed through music, movement or both.
The Scotsman *****

The Herald *****
Backtrack *****


Örjan Andersson

Musical direction
Jonathan Morton

Andersson Dance
Scottish Ensemble
Nordberg Movement

Costume design
Bente Rolandsdotter

Costume assistants
Klara Landin Larsson
Linnea From

Set and light design
Tobias Hallgren
Örjan Andersson

Set and light assistant
Joakim Ahlström

Lighting engineer
Ben Stimpson

Sound design and engineer
Jonathan Green

Additional sound design
BJ Nilsen

Supported by
Creative Scotland, The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms Stad and Region Stockholm


RNCM, Manchester

Thu 7 May 2020 at 8:00 pm

124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD