Let Me Feel Something: a research lab with Jean Abreu & Independent Dance

18 September – 19 September at Siobhan Davies Studios

Programmed by Independent Dance. Part of Siobhan Davies Studios September Housewarming

This is not a lament, it’s the cry of a bird of prey. An iridescent and restless bird. The kiss upon the dead face. I write as if to save somebody’s life. Probably my own. Life is a kind of madness that death makes. Long live the dead because we live in them.” – A Breath of Life by Clarice Lispector

Join ​Brazilian-British choreographer Jea​n Abreu for a two-day research lab exploring the physical language of mourning, grief and laments, inspired by Abreu’s ongoing collaboration ​As They Are: Mantras for the Body​ (working title) with dance dramaturg Guy Cools.

Offering an open space, this lab will offer opportunities to experiment with voice, text/spoken word and polyphonic music traditions in order to create a physical movement language that expresses openness, empathy and support. Jean will draw on a variety of references from music, visual art and writing as a way to transform classical polyphonic music and traditional laments, placing them in a contemporary context.

This lab is intended for professional dancers, movement/somatics practitioners, singers and vocal artists who are interested in researching how we can use the body/voice as a way to articulate vulnerability and find strength.


Weekend Research Lab with Independent Dance

18 September - 12.30–6pm

19 September - 11am–5pm

Siobhan Davies Studios, London

85 St George's Rd, London SE1 6ER

Lab Ticket £80.00


This project is supported by Independent Dance and Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.

Saturday, 18 September 2021