May 5, 2017 21:00
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.
Embracing the ascetic and volcanic surge of the genius saxophonist’s music, the piece masterfully combines gestural elegance and spiritual elevation. A rare spectator experience.
“In non-Western music, composition and improvisation are not mutually distinct concepts. Indeed, improvisation is composition in the immediacy of the moment.” (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker)