Four dancers surrender themselves to John Coltrane’s spiritual ode to divine love, his 1965 jazz masterpiece A Love Supreme. The album was revolutionary for its carefully balanced interplay between improvisation and structure, meticulous form and raw energy, and the powerful blend of styles expressed by the four soloists—John Coltrane (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums). This dynamic is transposed onto the dance: the choreographers bring improvised and composed materials, interweaving and absorbing them into one another.
More than ten years after its initial creation, De Keersmaeker and Sanchis reworked A Love Supreme into a full-evening program danced by four new, young dancers. Each dancer takes on the specific style of one musician and his instrument, creating striking, vital performances that move to the energy and intricacies of the original ensemble.
Choreography Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Lighting Jan Versweyveld Recast Lighting Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Luc Schaltin Costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz Coproduction Rosas, De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels) Dancers José Paulo dos Santos, Bilal El Had / Robin Haghi, Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom
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.)
Festival Co-Producers Tony Forte & Ryan Hummel, Lynne & Bert Strieb, Judith Tannenbaum
Photos: Anne Van Aerschot
Saturday, 23 September, 2017
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