Jean Abreu movement practice comes from his ongoing interest in utilizing the body as a powerful tool to articulate deep, emotional and complex ideas through dance.Using movement to access memories, textures, sensations and as an interface to connect to others
Continually seeking to achieve a sense of honesty and purity with movement and looking for the poetry of the body in the space, in its simplest pure form. 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 and that entice discovery. 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
Our workshops are based in movement and choreographic experimentation. All with the aim to create an environment in which the body feels comfortable to just “BE” . Letting go of distractions and fully focused in the moment and in the continual process of “On spot decision making”. 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 and the way I like moving to others is only a very small part of how I make dance. I am most of the time seeking interaction and response from others to my initial impulse and movement propositions, I seek to inspire people to move but most of all ,to generate movement. What it fascinates me is the thinking processes, the trying, the concentration, the focus, the pursue of solving a problem there lays what I am after in dance , the person behind the body"
Previous workshop experiences for professionals,Undergraduates students Intensives and early creer dance artist morning classes:
Greenwhich Dance,TripSpace Pro Classe,Canada Studio
Centre of Advance Training Commissions : Swindon Dance Exeter , The Lowry
Under Graduate Student Commissions : Bath Spa University , London, Studio Centre Intoto
Dance Dreams Intesnive workshop- Greece
Beijing Dance Acadey - China
Roger William University - USA
New York University - USA
Galeria Olido - Sao Paulo Brazil
The company are also available for lecture demonstrations, talks and panel discussions.
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