The Goldberg Variations

         The Goldberg Variations not only refers to the music of Bach, but also refers to the famous solo of Steve Paxton in the 80ties. In his new choreography Vandevelde traces the development of dance in relation to the development of democracy. The notion of democracy was important in the 70ties and 80ties 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?

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.


— 7 March 2022, CC De Werft, Geel (BE)

— 13 February 2022, BOZAR, Brussels (BE)

— 11 February 2022, CC Tielt, Tielt (BE)

— 20 January 2022, Stadsschouwburg Brugge, Brugge (BE)

— 9 December 2021, de Schouwburg, Kortrijk (BE)

— 8 & 10 August 2021, Impulstanz, Vienna (AU)

— 3 & 4 August 2021, Theater Aan Zee, Ostend (BE)

— 7 & 8 July 2021, Julidans, Amsterdam (NL)

— 9 & 10 June 2021, Kaaitheater, Brussel (BE)

— 3 October 2020, CC Ter Vesten, Beveren (BE)

— 13 & 14 October 2020, Stuk, Leuven (BE)

— 16 October 2020, CC De Werf, Aalst (BE)

— 24 October 2020, CC De Herbakker, Eeklo (BE)

— 24 & 25 September 2020, Schwankhalle, Bremen (DE)

— 12 & 13 August 2020, Potsdammer Tanztage, Fabrik Potsdam (DE)

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


2020 /          Choreography: Michiel Vandevelde Dance: Oskar Stalpaert, Audrey Merilus and Michiel Vandevelde Live music: Philippe Thuriot Costumes: Tutia Schaad Assistant costumes: Camil Krings Dramaturgy: Kristof van Baarle Scenography: Michiel Vandevelde, with the support of Tom Callemin Technique: Maxim Van Meerhaeghe, Ferre Carron and Maarten Snoeck Advice light: Tom Bruwier Production: Platform-K International distribution: Something Great Co-production: Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Kaap Thanks to: Kaaitheater and CAMPO With the support of: Vlaamse Overheid, Nationale Loterij, Stad Gent, Konekt, de Koning Boudewijnstichting