Following international performances in Shanghai (October 2017) and Washington D.C. (April 2018), in June 2018 Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia made its London debut at the Barbican Centre, to busy audiences and joyous, celebratory feedback across social media.
Below are extracts from just some of the reviews:
It’s easy to imagine a cool, modernist choreography made in response, with dancers in plain leotards forming chastely formal patterns, with here and there a sly nod to the dance patterns of the Baroque, and the keyboard player safely tucked away in the pit. Instead we had a thrilling reinvention of the entire piece, jointly conceived by Jonathan Morton, leader of the Scottish Ensemble, and Örjan Andersson, director of the Swedish company Andersson Dance.
The Telegraph *****
The production is quirky and lively at times, stunningly beautiful at others. The music harmonious.
London Unattached *****
To the trilling passages of Bach’s Variation No. 1 a dancer vigorously shakes his body, his limbs in ungainly positions. Then the string ensemble begins to shimmy too. Before long the classical strains have become the accompaniment to a chaotic opening scene. It’s a moment of pure abandon. This informal, light-hearted approach epitomises Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance’s collaboration...
The Stage ****
A thoughtful and teasing take on Bach from both dancers and musicians
The Independent ***