Published 75 years ago, Four Quartets is considered the crowning achievement of TS Eliot’s career as a poet. Now three visionaries, Pam Tanowitz, Kaija Saariaho and Brice Marden respond to the four-part poem in a ravishing union of dance, music and art.
Four Quartets is a mysterious meditation on past and present, time and space, movement and stillness, replete with images of dance. Celebrated New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz moves her ten-strong ensemble lavishly through glorious solos and duets to a beguiling score by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho which is played live, while American actor Kathleen Chalfant narrates the dynamic and kinetic language of Four Quartets from the stage.
The exquisite stage design centres on paintings by major American artist Brice Marden, their colours and strokes making connections to the geographical locations evoked in Four Quartets. Containing piercing and unforgettable literary passages, this collaborative performance of the work is the first to be authorised by the TS Eliot Estate.
Anaemic response to TS Eliot’s enigmatic poem