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.His 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 constantly encourages dance artists to search for movement impulses that are urgent and necessary and that are coming from a primal and instinctive origin, moving away from pre-made movement structures, broadening the spectrum of possibilities that the body can offer. His professional classes and workshops are designed to help participants to develop their ability to listen to their body's sensorial impulses in order to support their performance skills as creative movement practitioners.
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
About the workshops
As well as technique our workshops also are based in movement and choreographic experimentation with the aim to create an environment in which the body feels safe. Jean Abreu techniques will guide participants to let go of distractions and fully focus in body and in the continual process of “On spot decision making” when moving. 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 choreography making, dance artists are encouraged to develop their critical and analytical thinking in a process of accumulation of movement qualities, choreographic patterns, textures and sensations. Ultimately this dynamic produces the raw material and outcome of the workshops.
"Teaching movement phrases , textures, dynamics and qualities are only a very small part of how I make dance. When I enter a space with other moving bodies I am most of the time seeking interaction and response from to my initial impulse and movement propositions, I seek to inspire people to move freely and most of all , the ability to generate movement themselfs based in an emotional response and tframe work. What it fascinates me is the thinking processes, the trying, the concentration, the focus and the pursue of solving a problem with the body , therefor the person behind the body"
CURRENT WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES
Thinking (In) Motion (E)Motions with the Body
Choreography & Movement Practice Workshop
Dates: Sunday 7 July
Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm
Location : Centre 151 Whiston Road,London,E2 8BL
Nearest station: Haggerstone (overground)
Price: Early bird £25 before 25th of April, £30 after that
Embodying Technology: Dance, Technology and the Audiences of the Future
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer Jean Abreu, Creative Technologist Michele Panegrossi and Computer Scientist Dr. Leon Watts will come together in this unique conversation about collaborations between dance , technology and science .Dance artists, technologists, scientists and the curious are invited to share ideas and perspectives on complex questions about dance, technology and the audiences of the future.
Moving Brands, 7-8 Charlotte Rd, London, EC2A 3DH
Date: Wed 1 May 2019
To book a Place please email: email@example.com (limited spaces available)
Studio Wayne McGregor
Here East, Broadcast Centre
10 East Bay Lane
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E15 2GW
Date: Wed 1 May 2019
Time: 7-8.30 pm
Free event, reservation required: book here
University of PortSmouth (School of Media and Performance Arts)
Date: Tue 7 May 2019
Booking required, more info soon
Previous workshop experiences for professionals, Undergraduates students, Intensives and early career dance artist morning classes.
Professional class: Greenwich Dance, Trip Space Pro Class, Canada Studio
Centre of Advanced Training Commissions: Swindon Dance Exeter, The Lowry
Under Graduate Student Commissions: Bath Spa University, Studio Centre Intoto London
International teaching workshops:
Dance Dreams Intensive workshop - Greece
Beijing Dance Academy - China
Roger William University - USA
New York University - USA
Galeria Olido - Sao Paulo Brazil
For enquiries about our education packages please contact:
- Producer, Natalie Richardson: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Artistic Director, Jean Abreu: email@example.com
The educational work may involve non-professionals and young people, students as well as professional dancers. JAD also delivers bespoke educational offerings tailored to meet the needs of the programmer.
“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