Following the international success of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance tour Sweden with their second music-and-dance collaboration.
Fusing music and movement, musician and dancer, Prelude – skydiving from a dream takes three rich pieces of music that push at the boundaries and restrictions of artistic expression and creates something entirely new.
Centred around the live performance of Beethoven’s notorious Grosse Fugue – one of the most difficult, misunderstood, criticised and celebrated pieces in the musical canon – Prelude – skydiving from a dream builds toward the reward of exploring a work that resists categorisation.
Combining playful, dynamic choreography with razor-sharp live performance, musicians and dancers blur their roles and break the rules as they explore the very human paradox at the root of all three pieces: our need to seek out order amongst disorder, and the urge to tear apart our self-imposed rules and restrictions and embrace the adventure of what lies beyond.
Andersson Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Stockholm. Working with a constellation of artists – from dancers to composers to lighting and costume designers – and led by choreographer Örjan Andersson, they create works from the intimate to the large-scale, very often centred around musical exploration, collaborating with singers, musicians and composers. Commissioners and collaborators have included Cullberg Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, NorrlandsOperan, Bern:Balett, Royal Swedish Ballet, Folkteatern (Hamlet, 2017) and Folkoperan (Carmen Moves, 2016).
Including the live performance of
Plus extracts from
J. S. Bach
The Art of Fugue
And preludes from
13 Preludes and Fugue for Solo Strings
Set and light design
Tobias Hallgren & Örjan Andersson
Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble & Nordberg Movement
Andersson Dance & Scottish Ensemble
Made possible with support from Creative Scotland, The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm Stad, the Swedish Embassy in London, and organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme.