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Belgium-based Rosas Company performing A Love Supreme. Photo Courtesy of Rosas dance company

October 6 & 7, 2017 7:00 p.m. October 8, 2017 2:00 p.m. Hearst Dance Theater, Lewis Arts complex TICKETS: $8 students; $12 seniors $12 general admission in advance $17 day of the event A Love Supreme is a quartet choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Salva Sanchis in which four performers dance to the eponymous music of 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. Together with a new cast of young performers, De Keersmaeker and Sanchis have reworked A Love Supreme into a full evening program.

“In non-Western music, composition and improvisation are not mutually distinct concepts. Indeed, improvisation is composition in the immediacy of the moment.” — De Keersmaeker

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for A Love Supreme are currently sold out, however a standby line will be formed outside the theater 30 minutes prior to start time. Please visit the welcome desk/box office in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time to have your name added for standby tickets. Limit of 2 tickets per individual. Please remain in that general area to listen for your name to be called if tickets become available.

Presented by the Program in Dance as part of A Festival of the Arts at Princeton, celebrating the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex.


The Hearst Dance Theater is located in the Wallace Dance Building and Theater in the new Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. View directions and campus maps, information on parking and public transit, and other venue information on our Venues & Directions page »


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Photo courtesy Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

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 choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music. She has created with Rosas a wide-ranging body of work engaging the musical structures and scores of several periods, from early music to contemporary and popular idioms. Her choreographic practice also draws formal principles from geometry, numerical patterns, the natural world, and social structures to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. Read more about Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker



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Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Program in Dance