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.
Abreu constructs a real coup-de theatre... overpowering beauty which will remain with you a long time
A killer blend of a beguiling style with raw emotional punch
Adrenaline racing on-stage and off… Dark, atmospheric and utterly absorbing
Kelly Apter, Scotsman
Jean Abreu Dance (JAD) was founded in 2009 with a clear vision to produce, develop and widely present the work of Artistic Director Jean Abreu.
Abreu’s expanding portfolio of work presents his audiences with a varied range of projects and collaborations from contemporary dance, theatre, film, ballet and visual arts.
His non-judgemental approach to movement, body language and culture informs the basis of his artistic work. The Company’s main concern as an organisation is to develop dance as a powerful art form that can captivate, provoke and influence audiences across the world.
At the core of our project is an on-going desire to collaborate with artists from a range of backgrounds who are experienced in a variety of mediums. We place great value on creative cooperation and international dialogue believing that such communications are essential to encouraging cultural awareness. Our ideas are driven by the search for innovation, which focuses on a continuous questioning of our own artistic language and methods of work.
Producer - Natalie Richardson
Natalie Richardson is a London and Turin based producer and director of Konzept Arts & Ideas, a performing arts management company supported by assistant producer Carolina Courbis.
Konzept supports the development and creation of Jean Abreu Dance works as well as some of the best multi-disciplinary performing artists currently working in the UK. Their portfolio features creative companies making visionary cross-cultural and cross-discipline live performances spanning choreography, theatre, movement, sound and video installations, in partnership with some of the most renowned UK venues and festivals for the arts.
Production Manager - Michele Panegrossi
Press Managers - Martha Oakes & Sue Lancahsire at Martha Oakes PR