Credit: Hugh Carswell
There isn't any shortage of sedentary moments in a classical musician’s life. Whether they’re down in the orchestra gap or on the phase, it’s likely that, they’re sitting. Not aided by the Scottish Ensemble, whom not only perform standing but could usually be located with a-sway in their sides or springtime within their elbow.
Therefore it’s no real surprise to locate them working together with dancers on their most recent project. Swedish organization Andersson Dance features accompanied forces with all the Ensemble generate an innovative new explanation of Dmitry Sitkovetsky's arrangement for strings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
To an outsider, it may seem like 11 musicians sharing a phase with five dancers, but choreographer Örjan Andersson doesn’t see it this way.
‘We have actually 16 people on stage, ’ he states, ‘and all 16 are performers. Five of them are a lot much better dancers, and 11 of them are a lot much better musicians – nevertheless whole ensemble is dancing.’
Therefore common could be the Goldberg variants, everyone else would recognise at the very least part of it, which proved an exciting challenge for Andersson.
‘Some of those are so well known they’re like elevator music, and that’s a problem because it can feel dull, ’ he states. ‘So we'd to make individuals experience this wonderful songs in an alternative way, and I believe we’ve succeeded for the reason that.’