“You realize that this is some of the purest, most unfussy dancing to jazz music that you have ever seen. Even as it was still unfolding, I wanted to sit through it again, right there, right then”
The Village Voice, New York
After listening to John Coltrane’s highly acclaimed, award-winning eponymous album, the time has come to dance the music. A Love Supreme, by Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, results from the fascination that the two choreographers feel for the music of this iconic jazz figure: “In this album, we feel a unique accumulation of energies, the core of Coltrane’s creative power, as well as of his quartet, and perhaps of an entire society and epoch.”
In A Love Supreme, Coltrane and his musicians develop a deceptively simple melodic structure in order to allow for unlimited freedom of improvisation. This freedom is almost literally translated into dance, insofar as each of the four dancers “embodies” one of the instruments of Coltrane’s quartet. As in the legendary album, composition and improvisation are intertwined in an indiscernible manner, in an interpretation that reflects the immortal vitality of John Coltrane’s music.
Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
José Paulo dos Santos, Bilal El Had / Robin Haghi, Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom
ORIGINAL VERSION CREATED IN 2005 BY
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.)
REVISED LIGHTING DESIGN
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Luc Schaltin
Rosas, De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels)
Salva Sanchis was born in 1974. He moved to Belgium in 1995 to study at P.A.R.T.S., becoming one of its first generation graduates. He created around 20 solo and group pieces since 1998, building up a body of work characterised by the dialogue between improvisation and stage vocabulary, always strongly linked to music.
In 1980, after studying dance at the Mudra School in Brussels and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (who was born in 1960) created “Asch”, her first choreographic work. Two years later, she premiered “Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich”. She founded the Rosas company in 1983, in Brussels, while working on “Rosas danst Rosas”. Her choreographies have ever since been seen as means to explore the existing relation between dance and music.