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Big Beethoven Weekend 2: Dancing Beethoven Musicians play, dancers dance. Right? Not in this stunning collaboration between the critically acclaimed Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance.

Artistic Director Jonathan Morton said: “The movement we naturally make when we play is, somehow, linked very closely to the musical intention of both the composer and the musician performing his or her work.

Opening our second Big Beethoven Weekend of the year, the two come together to blur their roles and break the rules. A rare, enticing sight not to be missed.

“Involving a choreographer is a way of opening that up a little bit more and making it more obvious. It’s quite a natural step and a big step at the same time, of course - there’s a difference between emphasising some of the things that we are doing naturally and jumping across the stage!”

Choreographed together, musicians move alongside dancers to create a palette of sight and sound. The first of these two very special concerts celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday is entitled ‘Prelude - skydiving from a dream’ and takes place on Saturday 9 May. It takes three rich pieces of music that push the boundaries of classical music, and creates something entirely new. From amongst the dark, wild chaos of Lutosławski’s Preludes and the overwhelming precision of Bach’s Art of Fugue comes the climactic full, razor-sharp performance of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue. The musicians play this titan of a piece entirely from memory and, together with dynamic choreography, shed new light on this epic masterpiece.

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On Sunday 10th May, three dancers and one exceptional pianist perform ‘Alae’ using three of Beethoven’s most well-known sonatas - the ‘Tempest’, the Op.110 and the ‘Appassionata’ - as inspiration. Award-winning Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand is in demand across the globe as a soloist, described by The Washington Post as “technically resplendent, powerful, intuitively secure,” and by The New York Times as “a superb pianist.” Choreographer Örjan Andersson illuminates the sonatas in new ways through clashes and encounters with the moving human body. “To be able to have each performer, whether trained in music or in dance, on stage the whole time and choreograph each element remains a real thrill,” he said.

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