Tormod Dalen: Zum Spielen und zum Tantzen

From 2009 to 2013 Tormod Dalen conducted his research project ‘Zum Spielen und zum Tantzen’, a Kinaesthetic Exploration of the Bach Cello Suites through Studies in Baroque Choreography at the Norwegian Academy of Music. 

The goal was to investigate how prolonged practice of baroque dance would influence his interpretation of the Bach Suites. Learning the essentials of this style and its original choreographies, frequently accompanying dancing, I also explored the dance aspect of the cello suites by way of experiments with historical tempos as well as melodic and rhythmic reductions of the musical material.

The results of the project, a dance performance entitled ‘Inspired by Dance’, as well as a recording of the three first Bach Cello Suites, accompanied by a critical reflection, offer a recontextualisation of Bach’s work that emphasizes the close links between the expressive gestures of music and dance. Some of the material can be consulted here.

Tormod Dalen (NMHs bilde)