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Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations—ternary patterns for insomnia

Event Type
Performance
Topics
choreography, classical, dance, music
Sponsor
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Date
Apr 2, 2019   7:30 pm  
Cost
$10-45
Contact
Bridget Lee-Calfas
E-Mail
bklee@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6280
Views
21
Originating Calendar
Krannert Center

J.S. Bach’s celebrated Goldberg Variations began life in the 18th century as a study for harpsichord: a melody with 30 variations which range from sweet to achingly sad and cover miles of ground in between. In the time since, the work has inspired others to branch out on different instruments, in different styles, and in different genres, such as Richard Powers’ novel The Gold Bug Variations. In 2015, Örjan Andersson (Andersson Dance) and Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble) added their own. Goldberg Variations—ternary patterns for insomnia is a collaboration between the Stockholm-based contemporary dance company and Glasgow-based string orchestra, featuring 11 musicians and five dancers choreographed together as one to create a playful, engaging, and contemporary take on Bach’s “Rubik’s Cube of invention and architecture” (npr.org). Goldberg Variations—ternary patterns for insomnia premiered in Stockholm in 2015 to great critical acclaim, with the Svenska Dagbladet describing the piece as “sublime . . . a generous dance concert that brings the human spirit to life.”

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