Eleven musicians and five dancers take as their starting point one of the world's most famous and beloved pieces of music. Bach's Goldberg Variations take on a new sound at Dansens Hus this autumn.
- The Goldberg Variations are the epitome of structured music. There was something extremely appealing about tackling this broken piece, burdened by an infinite number of images, and so full of emotional expressions. This is what Örjan Andersson says about the starting point for his forthcoming work Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia swhich he creates with the string orchestra Scottish Ensemble and their artistic director Jonathan Morton.
Two international ensembles come together to reinterpret a timeless classic. Örjan Andersson's choreography is rooted in the basic structures and roots of music, be it newly written electronic, folk or classical works. Music has always interested him and serves as a script for the movement. "There is something magical about the musicality of the movement itself," he said when he received the SvD Opera Prize in 2011.
When not working on commissioned works for national and international dance stages, most recently at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, he choreographs for his own company, Andersson Dance. In recent years, he has collaborated with a number of different accompanists who have created new music for works for a variety of contexts.
The Scottish Ensemble string orchestra, led by Jonathan Morton, is characterised by always playing standing up, without a conductor. They have been around since 1969 and their repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary. Known for their spectacular performances, they have played in everything from Europe's largest concert halls to abandoned high-rise buildings.
Read more about the show at www.goldberg-variations.com/