A Thread

The new work by Jean Abreu in collaboration with artist Elisa Bracher: UK tour dates across 2016

Inspired by Elisa’s installation The Endless Still Point choreographer Jean Abreu combines forces with the renowned sculptor to create a powerful dance performance exploring the concept of balance.

‘I became curious about how much physicality is involved in the making of a sculpture. In Elisa’s work, this physicality is intense, brutal and at the same time poetic and fragile. I was fascinated how I could transfer this process into choreography. I had the desire to translate the sculpture into a dance; to create a dialogue between bodies and materials.’ (Jean Abreu)

A Thread, the new choreographic work of British-Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu is first and foremost an artistic exchange with the Sao Paulo based visual artist, Elisa Bracher. They met after Jean Abreu saw Elisa Bracher’s installation Endless Still Point in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

Elisa Bracher proposed the materials that are the building stones of A Thread: trolleys, weights, cables, sheets of a lead and one huge leaden ball. The five dancers (Maria Fonseca, Stephen Moynihan, Yuyu Rau, Rosana Ribeiro and Lewis Wilkins) engage with these materials in a continuous game of constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing. They are builders, movers, wanderers, witnesses who try to find their way out of the labyrinth they have constructed themselves. They walk, balance, carry, cover, take risks and work together. As in ancient performance traditions, the materials are interfaces through which their bodies connect energetically. Through the manipulation of the materials the bodies try to find their own center, to ground themselves.

A Thread is both choreography and installation that brings alive Louise Bourgeois’ definition of the creative process: ‘to do, to undo, to redo’ as an artistic metaphor for our life’s experiences: ‘the weights we all carry in life and the centers of balance we are continuously looking for’ (Elisa Bracher).

- Guy Cools, Advisory Dramaturg, February 2016

The Creative Team

Artistic Director/Choreographer:Jean Abreu
Artist/Sculptor: Elisa Bracher
Composer: Heinali (Oleg Shpudeiko)
Costumes: Abdul Hamid 
Lighting Designer: Lee Curran
Dramaturg adviser: Guy Cools 
Producer UK: Natalie Richardson for Konzept Arts & Ideas
Production Manager: Dom Martin for Blueboxx 
Further Enquiries:

Producer, Natalie Richardson: natalie@konzept.co.uk
General Enquires: info@jeanabreu.com

A Thread has been researched & supported by Balance Arts Centre, China, Arts Council England, British Council (AIDF grant), Pavillion Dance Bournemouth, Bath Spa University and Lakeside Theatre Colchester, Swindon Dance, Bath Dance & the Hat Factory.

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