Dancers of A Love Supreme win the prix de la Critique 2017 for best performers.

The French dance press, represented by the Association de la Critique de Théâtre, Musique et Danse, awarded the prix de la critique for BEST PERFORMERS to José Paulo dos Santos, Bilal El Had, Jason Respilieux en Thomas Vantuycom for their interpretation in A Love Supreme, the choreography made by Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. A Love Supreme was created in 2005 and was rewritten in 2017 for this new cast of performers.

A quartet created by Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, A Love Supreme is based on John Coltrane's eponymous album. This collaboration, started in 2005, comprises a meeting between two choreographers who share the same fascination for an iconic piece of music. In A Love Supreme, Coltrane and his musicians deployed a deceptively simple musical structure to allow for a complete freedom of improvisation, continuously pushing the boundaries of every musical register. This freedom sees a literal translation into dance: for this performance, the choreographers accept the challenge of blending improvisation and composition into a seamless whole. For this new version, Sanchis and De Keersmaeker rewrote their 2005 piece to be danced by four young, male dancers. Offering an expressly energetic interpretation, they emphasise the long-lasting vitality of Coltrane's tribute.

Find the full palmares of the Prix de la Critique here. More information about A Love Supreme is available here.