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.”
Because of technical requirements, this concert will be presented in the Colwell Playhouse rather than the Foellinger Great Hall. The performance will last approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission and no late seating.
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