The Goldberg Project - Royal Ballet - video design by Leo Warner / 59 Productions

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Creative Team

Choreographer Kim Brandstrup
Designer Richard Hudson
Lighting Paule Constable
Video Leo Warner
Sound Ian Dearden

For 59 Productions:

Video programmer Jonathon Lyle
Animator Peter Stenhouse

The Goldberg Project

Royal Opera House (ROH2)

Winner of Best Dance Piece Olivier Award, 2010

About this projectFrom the Royal Opera House website:

ROH2’s first commission for the new Season is from choreographer Kim Brandstrup. In a creative collaboration with Royal Ballet Principal Tamara Rojo, the new work will be created for a diverse company of exciting dancers in the intimate setting of the Linbury Studio Theatre.

This rare opportunity is an invitation to see in close-up the subtleties and nuances of Rojo’s expressive technique through the work of a choreographer who tells a story through every step. With the cyclical pathways of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as its framework, the commission promises Brandstrup’s cool narrative lines threaded with Rojo’s passionate intensity; a journey for heart, mind and spirit.

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Selected reviews

“Richard Hudson’s set and costume designs are splendid and the interaction with Paule Constable’s lighting and Leo Warner’s video effects are integral to the consistent feel of the work.”

Graham Watts,

“a design and lighting scheme to die for.”

Ismene Brown, September 22, 2009

“Lighting for this production is stunning and melds effortlessly with equally breathtaking video effects.”

GeraldDowler, September, 2009

“Leo Warner's video design marks lines of light on the studio walls, sometimes sketching moves the dancers will take. Best of all, Warner and Brandstrup set Franzén against his own shadow.”

Zoe Anderson, The Independent September 23, 2009

“an ingeniously organised, frequently humorous, gently enigmatic and wholly luminous hour and a quarter – a mini-masterpiece, in short.”

Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday *****

“beautifully performed and delicately atmospheric”

Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph September 22, 2009

“subtly high-achieving piece.”

Sarah Frater, Evening Standard

“a choreographic gem.”

Margaret Willis, Dance Magazine, USA October 2009

“a major new work.”

Graham Watts,

“a beautiful, grown-up piece of fine musical feeling and drama. Elegant, atmospheric, ingeniously skilled.”

Ismene Brown, September 22, 2009

“Goldberg is a fine work from a mature dance creator unafraid to experiment and to use the best that technology can offer.”

Gerald Dowler, September, 2009