Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Salva Sanchis

A Love Supreme

Archive 2018

Choreography by Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music, John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
With José Paulo dos Santos, Bilal El Had / Robin Haghi, Jason Respilieux, and Thomas Vantuycom
Lighting, Jan Versweyveld
Revised lighting design by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Luc Schaltin
Costumes, Anne-Catherine Kunz

A Rosas production
Executive production for the Paris region tour by Festival d’Automne à Paris
A coproduction with La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels)
Original version created in 2005 with Cynthia Loemij, Moya Michael, Salva Sanchis, and Igor Shyshko First performance of new version on 23 February 2017 at Kaaitheater (Brussels)
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is the patron for the Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Portrait
In partnership with France Inter

A Love Supreme, the saxophonist John Coltrane’s magnum opus is a wild and raging psalm, underscored by a mystical pulse. In the company of the choreographer Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker ventures into this unexplored musical territory, embracing its every syncopated beat. In this new version, they will be journeying through this smouldering material with the same exigence of freedom.

A Love Supreme – from the album of the same name by John Coltrane – is choreographed for a male quartet by Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In 2005, the two choreographers began collaborating on their combined fascination for this legendary musical work. Basing themselves on a few elementary musical structures, Coltrane and his musicians go beyond all the limits of improvisation, conquering a land of unbounded freedom in the process. Here, dance provides its literal translation. The choreographers meet up to the challenge laid down by Coltrane, intermingling improvisation and writing in a seamless way. In this new version, Sanchis and De Keersmaeker have rewritten their 2005 work with the help of four young dancers. Their indefatigable vitality makes Coltrane’s homage to divine love a dazzling one indeed.

Estimated running time: 50 min.

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