Andersson Dance & Scottish Ensemble “Prelude”

Lutoslawski Preludes
Interspersed with
Bach Fugues / counterpoint / dances
Beethoven Große Fugue

Following significant international success with Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, pioneering string orchestra Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance reprise their partnership in a bold new collaboration, Prelude.

Fusing music and movement, musician and dancer, this 2018 production explores music that reaches towards the pinnacle of human expression and pushes at the boundaries of musical form.

Choreographer Örjan Andersson places live music at the heart of his work. His engaging, playful and astute (re) interpretations offer a fresh and accessible perspective on some of music’s most rich and complex works. Audiences, both dance and classical, revel in his highly original explorations of sounds and structures.

For Prelude, Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton has curated a programme of music spanning three centuries. Lutoslawski’s episodic Preludes separate an ensemble of 13 string players into individual lines, creating an ever-changing constellation of texture, character and mood. Inspired by their flexible construction, these preludes will be interspersed with contrasting music by Bach, inviting audiences to hear his celebrated genius afresh.

Beethoven’s Große Fugue. Celebrated. Derided. Analysed. Misunderstood. Örjan Andersson and Jonathan Morton’s production builds towards the reward of exploring and interpreting a work that resists categorisation and wriggles free from all attempts to speak a final word. Audiences will experience fierce energy,
celestial harmonies, intricate counterpoint and beautiful lyricism reflected through the dynamic choreographic imagination of Andersson Dance.


Scottish Ensemble is a string orchestra built around a core group of performers who are led from the violin by Artistic Director Jonathan Morton. Their programming approach spans music from the Baroque period to contemporary work, and they perform in venues as diverse as Europe’s leading concert halls to derelict urban spaces. Scottish Ensemble is based in Glasgow, UK.