Bach Forms

Bach Forms
2018

Company
Company Wayne McGregor with dancers from The Royal Ballet

Duration
40 minutes

Choreography
Wayne McGregor


Music
Johann Sebastian Bach ‘The Art of Fugue’


Set Design
Wayne McGregor


Lighting Design
Lucy Carter


Costume Design
COS


Originally danced by
Company Wayne McGregor: Jordan James Bridge, Rebecca Bassett-Graham, Travis Clausen-Knight, Louis McMiller, Daniela Neugebauer, Jacob O’Connell, James Pett, Fukiko Takase and Po-Lin Tung
The Royal Ballet: Matthew Ball, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Francesca Hayward, Calvin Richardson and Joseph Sissens


Premiere date and venue
7 June 2018, The Grange Festival, Hampshire, UK

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'RIGOROUS CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE UNDERPINS THE CONTEMPORARY STYLINGS'

- Siobhan Murphy, Dance Tabs

‘A FASCINATING FUSION'

- Sarah Kirkup, Gramophone​​

Set to extracts of J.S. Bach's enigmatic final musical work performed by pianist Joanna MacGregor, Bach Forms brings together an 18th-century work of great invention and Wayne McGregor's pioneering 21st-century choreography.

A new reimagining of McGregor’s original work Tetractys - The Art of Fugue for The Royal Ballet, Bach Forms is performed by Company Wayne McGregor with dancers from The Royal Ballet.

For McGregor, the numerology and structure of Bach's music is a spur to consider the human condition: 'When you listen to The Art of Fugue you can listen just in terms of its incredible beauty. You might not recognize all its inversions, or its subjects and its tonal shifts; you just get carried away with this incredible feeling.'

'BACH FORMS EXPLORES THE INTRICATE PATTERNS AND MATHEMATICAL EQUATIONS OF BACH'S SOLO PIANO MUSIC THROUGH INTERLOCKING LIMBS, PRECISE COUPLINGS AND THE JUXTAPOSITION OF BODILY SEPARATION AND UNITY'

- Sarah Kirkup, Gramophone​​


Images: Ravi Deepres.