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Above all, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker uses musicality to support her choreographic art. In tackling A Love Supreme, jazz giant John Coltrane’s iconic album infused with spirituality and rhythm, the Belgian choreographer invited P.A.R.T.S. alumnus Salva Sanchis to join her in the adventure. As they reworked their piece into a quartet for male dancers, De Keersmaeker and Sanchis imagined a canonic movement language, three-person lifts, polished solos; hands, flattened as if resting on air, tracing curves and angles. Mirroring the vitality of Coltrane’s music, A Love Supreme delivers exuberantly free dance that blends improvisation and formal composition into a seamless whole. Winner of the French dance press’s 2017 Prix de la critique (critics’ choice award) for Best Performers, A Love Supreme delivers a dynamic paletteof sensations.
Photo © Bart Grietens.
Salva Sanchis (Catalonia, 1974) moved to Belgium in 1995 to study at P.A.R.T.S., where he graduated among the first generation of students of the school. There he created several solos and group pieces. Since his graduation project Less than a moment (1998), he has produced over twenty full evening pieces, developing a body of work that is characterised by the dialogue between improvisation and set vocabulary, often with an...Read more about Salva Sanchis
Photo © Anne Van Aerschot
In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her...Read more about Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Rosas is the company of the choreographer and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. It was founded in 1983 during the creation of the piece Rosas danst Rosas. Since her debut in 1982 with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, De Keersmaeker has been engaged in a rigorous exploration and articulation of movement, from its simplest forms to its most complex. The relationship between movement and music is essential to...Read more about Rosas
Choreography Salva Sanchis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Danced by José Paulo dos Santos, Bilal El Had, Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom, Robin Haghi (tbc).
Original version created in 2005 with Cynthia Loemij, Moya Michael, Salva Sanchis, Igor Shyshko.
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.).
Lighting design Jan Versweyveld.
Revised lighting design Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Luc Schaltin.
Costume design Anne-Catherine Kunz.
Rehearsal director Salva Sanchis, Cynthia Loemij, Bryana Fritz.
Artistic coordination and planning Anne Van Aerschot.
Technical director Joris Erven.
Costumes coordinator Heide Vanderieck.
Technicians Joris de Bolle, Wannes De Rydt, Michael Smets, Bert Veris.
Coproduction De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels).
Special thanks to Erik Bogaerts, Jeroen Van Herzeele.
World premiere 23.02.2017, Kaaitheater (Brussels).
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community.