Solo for Two

Returning to The Hat Factory Arts Centre 12 March

Two dancers, two sides of the same coin, are caught in a struggle to find their place in the world. A little robot called Macheba joins them on stage as an interactive witness to their battle for survival and a new identity, scanning the dancers´ memories and projecting their feelings.

British-Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu has now spent half his life in Brazil and the other half in Britain. This new dance work is the second production in a trilogy where he explores human identity, formed in-between different cultures and dance languages.

With the use of robotics in Solo for Two, Jean Abreu continues to explore the challenges of technology in his work, following BLOOD (2013) in collaboration with the renowned British visual artists Gilbert & George. In contrast to the first solo on the inside of the body, Solo for Two focuses on the outward journey: how a migratory identity is created by cycles of loss, letting go and new beginnings.

"Before prehistory there was the pre history of prehistory, there was the never and there was the yes. It was ever so.." - From 'The Hour of the Star' by Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, 1977

Abreu is a remarkable performer, with a technique developed from forms of Brazilian dance and martial arts that enables him to sink into the floor and rise with resilience.

DanceTabs - Jann Parry

"very inspiring and astounding"

audience member

"the robot was cute"

audience member

"thank you! That was phenomenal!"

audience member

"He opens his body to ask direct questions about Origin, repetition , continuation and cycles of life.."

Ms Qin, Chinese dance academic

Listen to the tracks and songs that inspired the music for Solo for Two.

Creative Team

Artistic Director / Choreographer and Dancer: Jean Abreu
Dramaturg: Guy Cools
Dancer: Rita Carpinteiro
Digital Artist: Michele Panegrossi
Sound Design: Luca Biada
Lighting Design: Andy Hamer
Costume Design: Abdul Hamid
Vocal Coach: Cathryn Robson
Human Robot Interaction Advisor: Dr. Leon Watts (Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Bath)
Producer: Natalie Richardson, Konzept Arts & Ideas
Marketing: Mirjam van der Schoot
Press: Martha Oakes PR

China Tour

Supported by the Bristish Council, we'll Solo for Two on tour in China in May and June 2019.

He opens his body to ask direct questions about Origin, repetition , continuation and cycles of life a search in which a presence of a small robot superimpose the thinking of these questions, a profound and sincere work... Ms Qin , Dance academic/lecture at Beijing Dance Academy 

Past performances

19 January 2019 Bristol Old Vic Theatre
31 August 2018 Tanzmesse, Düsseldorf, Germany
24 August 2018 UKCCA, Luton
19 July 2018 Horniman Museum & Gardens
21 June 2018 Lincoln Drill Hall
23 & 24 May 2018 Southbank Centre, London
18 May 2018 - Swindon Dance
16 & 17 May 2018 - The Edge, Bath

Solo for Two is a co-commission by Southbank Centre & Horniman Museum and Gardens, made in collaboration with Guy Cools, produced by Konzept Arts & Ideas, and supported by Arts Council England, University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Swindon Dance, and South East Dance.