Having lengthy been recognized for virtuoso, dynamic music making, lately the has begun delving into the adventurous territory cross-genre collaboration. Last 12 months there was , a meditation on demise and dying created with theatre firm. Before that, noticed the ensemble working with on the music Bach.
It is Andersson and the music JS Bach to which the ensemble has returned for this newest challenge. Extracts from the Art Fugue are juxtaposed with Lutosławski’s Preludes for solo strings and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge in expanded model for string orchestra. Where Tabula Rasa was based mostly within the concrete actuality the expertise dying, this newest challenge is decidedly extra enigmatic. According to the word from the creators, the work “delves into the contradictions the unconscious thoughts, from the absurd to the logical, from the irrational to the soothingly clear”.
In apply, this seems to imply three dancers engaged in frenzied, tortuous exercise in stark juxtaposition to the ensemble’s elegantly austere supply Bach from varied groupings on the stage. Much has been made choreographer Orjan Andersson’s use non-pressional dancers, however in fact extra participation from the members the Scottish Ensemble would have been welcome. The one part the place the gamers writhe and gyrate across the stage, like a cool 1970s get together set to the music Bach is one the highlights. Elsewhere, the ensemble is essentially confined to strolling round a bit, typically barefoot, which doesn’t seem to solid the music in notably new gentle. As for the advanced choreography the trio pressional dancers, there ten appears to be a mismatch between the stillness the music and the power the motion. Or perhaps that’s the purpose. Yet no matter its shortcomings, that is an attention-grabbing, if not completely coherent experiment.