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.
Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
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
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
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.)
Recast lighting design
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Luc Schaltin
Rosas, De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels)
23.02.2017, Kaaitheater (Brussels)