Photos and video from ‘Goldberg Variations: ternary patterns for insomnia’

These photos and video (below) are from a collaborative production between the Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance, titled Goldberg Variations: ternary patterns for insomnia which opened for a short run in London last night at the Barbican Theatre, after performances in Scotland, Washington DC and Shanghai.

The Strad’s online editor Kimon Daltas saw the performance on 5 July and writes: ‘In a novel and irreverent interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (in the arrangement for string orchestra by Dmitry Sitkovetsky), eleven musicians and five dancers share the stage and interact, finding everything from absurdist humour to real beauty along the way.

‘The spirit of the Sitkovetsky arrangement itself, pushed here to new extremes, is the refusal to treat Bach as somehow fragile or susceptible to desecration. The thing that holds everything together, and makes the evening such a joy, is the deep love for the music evident from dancers and musicians alike.’