Jean Abreu Dance offers workshops, master classes and guest lectures in the UK and abroad. Jean’s current choreographic interests and the background of the participants determine what the emphasis of the outreach activities will be. All Jean Abreu Dance educational offerings are taught by Jean or by professional dance artist who are closely connected with the company.
JAD workshops focus on choreographic experimentation and how Jean uses improvisation and collaborative work to build performances for the company.
Participants explore a wide range of contemporary dance techniques and the raw material for the workshops is extracted. The participants are then encouraged to use their creativity to devise their own movement materials based on the workshop content. Through these educational projects participants are encouraged to explore an open exchange of ideas and methodologies with a broad audience ranging from amateurs to professional dancers.
Jean's work with undergraduates has produced a lasting effect with the dancers with whom he has worked,
some of whom still draw on Jean's choreographic methods as they mature into young professionals after graduation
Christopher Lewis-Smith Course Director Postgraduate Dance, Bath Spa University Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
CURRENT WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES
Bath Dance, The Edge, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY
Behind-the-mind with Jean Abreu
Find out more how Jean Abreu works as a choreographer by taking part in this challenging and rewarding workshop organised by Bath Dance for advanced dancers, based on his new work, Solo for Two.
£20 workshop & show ticket deal for Solo for Two at The Edge on Wed 16 & Thu 17 May - find out more
Educational Offerings for Undergraduate Schools, Universities, professional & non-professional performance companies:
- Process based residencies and day workshops inspired by the JAD current tour and research
The company delivers choreographic residencies using the themes of current company work or a current research idea in which dance students have the opportunity to experiment with their skills in a professional environment. The content of the workshop is adapted to the level of the participants.
The dancers not only learn about new ways to use their bodies but also contribute new ideas to the company. Whilst gaining experience of the processes a professional and internationally acclaimed dance company uses to make work.
This may involve non-professionals, young people, students or professional dancers. In addition to tour-related workshops, JAD also delivers bespoke educational offerings tailored to meet the needs of the programmer.
The company are also available for lecture demonstrations, talks and panel discussions.
“The Roger Williams University Dance and Performance Studies Program had the pleasure of working with Jean Abreu. He choreographed a superb piece for our students taking part in a semester long study program in London. The work was such a success that we brought him to our campus in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA for a weeklong residency, which included teaching and the creation of choreography for our Dance Theatre Company. He is an engaging and effective teacher exhibiting the ability to reach students on a wide range of technical abilities. His choreography is beautiful and innovative. Jean Abreu is a brilliant artist and Roger Williams University Dance and Performance Studies is proud to be associated with him.”
Head of Dance and Performance Studies Programme
Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, USA