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Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia

part of the 2019-20 International Season

Krannart Center

Tue 2 Apr 2019
500 S. Goodwin Ave.
+1 217-333-6280

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Lucas Theatre

Thu 4 Apr 2019
32 Abercorn St
+1 912-525-5040

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Kiel Schloss

Sun 18 Aug 2019
Dänische Str. 44

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Kiel Schloss

Mon 19 Aug 2019
Dänische Str. 44

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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.

In 2015, Örjan Andersson (Andersson Dance) and Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble) came together to 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?

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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

Made possible with support from

Creative Scotland, The Swedish Arts Council, the City of Stockholm