A Love Supreme

Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas

A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme is a quartet choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Salva Sanchis in which four performers dance to the eponymous piece of music by John Coltrane, a highlight of twentieth-century jazz. In A Love Supreme, highly intuitive free expression emerges from blues-based, rather straightforward musical structures; the work is renowned for its exploration of the tension between tonal and rhythmical complexity and simplicity. This is translated literally in the dance: the choreographers bring together improvised and composed materials, interweaving and absorbing them into one another.

De Keersmaeker notes: “In non-Western music, composition and improvisation are not mutually distinct concepts. Indeed, improvisation is composition in the immediacy of the moment.” Together with a new cast of young performers, De Keersmaeker and Sanchis have reworked A Love Supreme into a full evening program.

Choreography
Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Danced by
José Paulo dos Santos, Bilal El Had / Robin Haghi, Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom

Original version created in 2005 with
Cynthia Loemij, Moya Michael, Salva Sanchis, Igor Shyshko

Music
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

Recording
tenor saxophone, vocals: John Coltrane, piano: McCoy Tyner, bass: Jimmy Garrison, drums: Elvin Jones

Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance & Psalm © Coltrane, J., © Jowcol Music, Inc. (Universal Music Publ. N.V.)

Lighting design
Jan Versweyveld

Recast lighting design
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Luc Schaltin

Costumes
Anne-Catherine Kunz

Coproduction
Rosas, De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels)

World premiere
23.02.2017, Kaaitheater (Brussels)