The Goldberg Variations


Artist: Michiel Vandevelde
Country: Belgium
Type: Dance / Performance
Year of creation: 2020

Michiel Vandelvede’s The Goldberg Variations not only refers to the music of Bach, but also to the famous solo of Steve Paxton in the 80s.  

In  The Goldberg Variations  Vandevelde traces the development of dance in relation to the development of democracy. The notion of democracy was important in the 70s and 80s for breaking the codes of dance and allowing everyday movement to enter the dancing. Yet, where are we 40 years later? What is the state of dance? What is the state of democracy?

In the piece, the music is performed on the accordion by Philippe Thuriot, who, in 2015, transposed Bach’s music to the accordion. Thuriot himself is the result of an exciting cross-pollination of classical music, jazz and his parents’ bar.

The polyphony of the numerous variations in Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ is also reflected in the various layers of this dance performance. A reflection on the condition of dance today, on the state of democracy, and on the various shapes and forms of physicality.


CREDITS 

Choreography
Michiel Vandevelde

Dance
Oskar Stalpaert
Michiel Vandevelde
Audrey Merilus

Music
Philippe Thuriot

Scenography
Michiel Vandevelde with the support by Tom Callemin

Dramaturgy
Kristof van Baarle

Costumes
Tutia Schaad

Assistance costumes
Camil Krings

Technicians
Maxim Van Meerhaeghe
Ferre Carron

Light advice
Tom Bruwier

Production 
Platform-K

Co-production
Vooruit 
KAAP

Distribution 
Something Great

with the support
Vlaamse Overheid
Nationale Loterij
Stad Gent
Konekt
de Koning Boudewijnstichting
Photographs: The Goldberg Variations © Tom Callemin