Solo for Two

next performances: 8 & 9 May | Guildhall Studio, Portsmouth | Lakeside Theatre, Colchester

Two dancers, two sides of the same coin, caught in a struggle to find their place in the world. A little robot called 'Macheba' both interacts and observers the dancers, mirroring and absorbing our human identities.

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

Creative Team
Artistic Director / Choreographer and Dancer: Jean Abreu
Dramaturg: Guy Cools
Dancer: Rita Carpinteiro, Luna Cenere
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

Excerpts of Solo for Two were presented at the Tanzmesse on 31 August in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Solo for Two is co-commissioned by Southbank Centre and Horniman Museum & Gardens, and supported by Arts Council England, University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Swindon Dance & South East Dance.