Dublin Dance Festival in partnership with the Abbey Theatre

A Love Supreme

29 - 30 May 2020

Booking Information

Dates: 29 – 30 May
On the Abbey Stage

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €40 / Conc. €13 – €33

Running Time: 55 minutes

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 87 222

Salva Sanchis and iconic Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker bring us an uplifting meeting of music and dance based on the revered album by American jazz giant, John Coltrane.

Salva Sanchis & Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas (Belgium)

Irish Premiere

Coltrane’s music is renowned for its deceptively simple structure. In A Love Supreme (1964), which marked his spiritual and physical renaissance after overcoming his addictions, the saxophonist pushes the boundaries of every musical register to allow for complete freedom of improvisation. Translating his music into dance, Sanchis and De Keersmaeker expertly blend free improvisation and formal composition into a seamless and fluid choreography.

Originally created in 2005, this newly re-imagined version transforms A Love Supreme into a quartet for young male dancers where each embodies one of the four instruments in the music – the saxophone, the piano, the double bass, the drums. Breathing new life into the work, the dancers bring a distinctly vibrant and energetic quality to the piece that mirrors the vitality of Coltrane’s music.

Following the huge success and sold-out performances of Rosas danst Rosas at the Abbey Theatre for Dublin Dance Festival 2019, De Keersmaeker will make a welcome return to the Festival and the Abbey with this invigorating collaboration.


Produced by Rosas and co-produced by De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels).
Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and by Fondation BNP Paribas.
Music: A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
Recording: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone, vocals), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)
Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance & Psalm © Coltrane, J., © Jowcol Music, Inc. (Universal Music Publ. N.V.)


'These men are marvels.'

'An hour full of grace and movement. Absolute magic.'
La Libre Belgique

'They demonstrate fragility, talent, the ode to life, meditation, energy, pain.'
La Libre Belgique

'With this legendary album, in one of her rare incursions into the world of jazz, De Keersmaeker manages to combine the genius of Coltrane with the genius of these dancing bodies.'
La Libre Belgique

'Never has dance illustrated music. The music become flesh. Coltrane's prayer becomes humanity.'
La Libre Belgique

'Coltrane by De Keersmaeker, freewheeling but structure intact.'
New York Times

'You realise that this is some of the purest, most unfussy dancing to jazz music that you have ever seen.'
The Village Voice



Images © Anne Van Aerschot


  • Performer: José Paulo dos Santos
  • Performer: Bilal El Had (alternating)
  • Performer: Robin Haghi (alternating)
  • Performer: Jason Respilieux
  • Performer: Thomas Vantuycom
  • Choreography: Salva Sanchis
  • Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
  • Created by: Cynthia Loemij
  • Created by: Moya Michael
  • Created by: Salva Sanchis
  • Created by: Igor Shyshko
  • Revised Lighting Design: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
  • Revised Lighting Design: Luc Schaltin
  • Lighting Design (2005): Jan Versweyveld
  • Costumes: Anne-Catherine Kunz
  • Rehearsal Director: Bryana Fritz
  • Rehearsal Director: Cynthia Loemij
  • Rehearsal Director: Salva Sanchis
  • Artistic Coordination and Planning: Anne Van Aerschot
  • Technical Director: Joris De Bolle
  • Costumes Coordinator: Heide Vanderieck
  • Technicians: Arno Truyens
  • Technicians: Bram Geldhof
  • Technicians: Jonathan Maes
  • Technicians: Marlies Jacques
  • Technicians: Max Adams
  • Technicians: Michael Smets
  • Technicians: Quentin Maes
  • Technicians: Sari-Lynn Kerkhofs
  • Technicians: Wannes De Rydt

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