The Company

A Dancerly Response

Johannes Sebastian Bach wrote “A Musical Offering” at the request of Frederick II of Prussia in 1747.  It is a collection of canons and fugues and other pieces of music based on a single theme given to Bach by the king when he was visiting the royal residence in Potsdam.  Bach went home to Leipzig with the theme and two months later published “A Musical Offering,” dedicated to the king.  It is considered one of his finest compositions and a true musical offering to the world.  I have been listening to the piece for over 40 years and have seen several other choreographed versions.  The dancers in Carolina Ballet have inspired me to give my choreographic response to this music which I have titled “A Dancerly Response.” —Robert Weiss