TS Eliot considered the Four Quartets to be his masterpiece. The poems draw upon three decades of study in philosophy and mysticism, each one meditating on the nature of time (theological,historical and physical) and its relationship to the human condition. Each poem begins with a rumination prompted by the geographical location in the title and each poem relates to one of the four elements: air, earth, water and fire. This work has allowed Deborah to develop her fascination for the relationship between movement and language. The choreography embraces Eliot’s play of imagery and abstractions, its lyric and architectural style weaving through the musicality of the language to meet the grace and power of the words. The piece gives Eliot’s meditations on time and being a new substance, and a humanity that is both modernist and contemporary. Eliot’s imperfect life and WWII, the era during which he wrote the poems, have informed the piece. With this work Deborah has departed from the narrative interests that have dominated her work for quite some time.
Four Quartets presents a contemplative, both modern and formal, while not letting go the humour and sensuality characteristic of her work.
Deborah Dunn’s Four Quartets inspired by the poetry of T.S. Eliot… is rich in meaning, magnificently crafted and exquisitely performed. I deem it a Canadian classic. - Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
«…this interplay of movement and text is spellbinding. Her dance is both athletic and formal, a mixture of large steps and simple postures that interpret and amplify Eliot’s words… she floats to the floor as if through water, or forms a herd of elemental animal forms. Even when she lies prone on the stage her figuration is full of points of interest. - Joan Sullivan, The Telegram Nfld