WORKSHOP Thinking (e)motion with Jean Abreu

Sunday 7th July
Time: 1-5pm
EARLY BIRD PRICE until June 25 £25 (promo-code: JADearlyBird)
AFTER June 25 £30
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  • About the workshop

Jean Abreu’s movement practice comes from his ongoing interest in utilizing the body as a powerful tool to articulate arresting emotional and complex ideas through dance.

Jean Abreu’s work derives from a wide-range of dance languages, intertwining references from contemporary dance with his Brazilian dance influences, which are part of his early years in dance training (such as the grounded fluidity of Capoeira or the rhythmical richness of Samba). However, instead of merely passing on techniques, Jean’s teaching is more focused on the thinking and decision process that accompanies the movements. His methodology encourages dances artists to search for movement impulses that are urgent and necessary and that are coming from a primal and necessary origin, moving away from pre-made movement structures, broadening the spectrum of possibilities that the body can offer.

His movement practice and workshop are designed to help participants to develop their ability to listen to their body’s sensorial impulses, fully focused on the continuous process of making choices, on the spot decision making, as performers, dancers and social beings.

Choreographic patterns and movement qualities are driven by clear set of roles and precise instructions, previously discussed and agreed with the group. In this shared movement and choreographic ‘making’, dance artists will develop their critical and analytical thinking in a process of accumulation of movement qualities, ideas, textures and sensations.

Body in motion = conceptual idea + e-motion.


  • Jean Abreu (Choreographer/Performer)
  • Born in Brazil, Jean choreographed his first work in 2003 and later that year was honoured with the Jerwood Choreography Award. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil including performances for London Dance Umbrella, the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre.

His work in theatre includes choreography for the Young Vic’s Amazonia and The Red Room’s Oikos and Protozoa productions. He also collaborated with the Mavron String Quartet to create Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Jean has been an Associate Artist at The Place, Swindon Dance, South Hill Park and the Hat Factory and an Artist-in-Residence at Dance East.

He founded Jean Abreu Dance in 2009 and his first work for the company, INSIDE with music by 65daysofstatic, received 4 and 5 star reviews at its premier in the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He subsequently created Parallel Memories in collaboration with Brazilian choreographer Jorge Garcia, which premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured to Brazil.

In 2012 Jean collaborated with Director Topher Campbell of The Red Room Theatre and Film Company on a Channel 4 film commission that was part of the Random Acts series curated by the Ballet Boyz. He also researched and developed the new work Blood for its premiere in May 2013.

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