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  • We are thrilled to return from Sweden having given well-received première performances of our new collaborative performance project, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, in which Scottish Ensemble musicians are choreographed alongside five professional dancers from Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance.We performed the piece at one of Sweden’s leading contemporary dance venues, Dansens Hus in Stockholm, on 17 and 18 September before a performance at Växjö’s Konserthus on 20 September.
  • Scottish Ensemble are greatly looking forward to bringing this performance to UK venues between 13 and 21 November, before returning to Sweden for a 7-date tour early in 2016.To buy tickets for all performances, please see the Scottish Ensemble concert listings page.

    Meanwhile, take a look at the Swedish reviews below for a glimpse into the experience.

  • “I find myself having to sit with one of those happy smiles through the show and I realise that it is precisely this type of visual setting that people like me, a dance geek, usually miss when I go to classical concerts. So I think that Örjan Andersson manages to blend the best of both worlds – this is like an animated Bach concerto.”
  • Cecilia Djurberg
    Sveriges Radio
    Read the full review“The result is a musical feast… Magnificent music, the variety in the choreography and gentle humour, decidedly interesting dancers”

    Peter Bohlin

    “It seems like there are questions asked in each section and provided a wide variation of responses.”

    Tina Kristina Persson

    “Yes, you can let yourself go with Bach; his music is like a dance. Rhythmic, with distinct phrases. And it’s as if an irresistible burst of energy is making its way through the group of five dancers and eleven musicians that take the stage, facing the audience, in the introduction to Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia. Örjan Andersson and the Scottish Ensemble create an open listening space where playful meets introspective and where relaxation feeds into intense concentration, sometimes insanely self-obsessed, sometimes lyrical.

    “It is superb, tight. Sometimes the music itself is enough, then the dancers only need to sit still or comment on it physically or verbally in postmodern style. After all, Bach is timeless. And yet, they are drawn into the circulatory system of the music: the group that moves courteously or in patterns, the couple who move their hips in closely synchronised twirls or Danielle de Vries who dances an extrovert and introvert solo.

    “…the ending is sublime. Alone with her double bass, Diane Clark picks out Variation 30, encapsulating the essentials of human relations, our ability to listen. Goldberg Variations is a generous dance concert that brings the human spirit to life.”

    Anna Ångström
    Svenska Dagbladet
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    For more information on this project, please go to goldberg-variations.com