The Goldberg Variations


         The Goldberg Variations not only refers to the famous composition of J.S. Bach, in western contemporary dance the title also recalls the iconic solo of Steve Paxton. Paxton is known for his solo improvisations, and he is considered to be the founder of contact-improvisation.

Together with one dancer from Platform-K, a Ghent based dance company for dancers with a disability, and a ballet dancer, choreographer Michiel Vandevelde departs from the music of Bach and the improvisational practice of Paxton. About forty years of improvisation dance techniques are examined. What is the state of dance today? How open, 'democratic' and accessible is dance today?


— PREMIERE: 5, 6 and 7 March 2020, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent (BE)

— 18 & 19 March 2020, Stuk, Leuven (BE)

— 25 & 26 April 2020, Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

2020 /          Choreography: Michiel Vandevelde Dance: Oscar Stalpaert, Audrey Merilus and Michiel Vandevelde Live music: Philippe Thuriot Visual intervention: Tom Callemin Dramaturgy: Kristof van Baarle Production: Platform-K Co-production: Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Kaap, Kaaitheater With the support of: de Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Gent, Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen, Koning Boudewijnstichting