"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."
Course Director Postgraduate Dance, Bath Spa University
Jean Abreu Dance offers a range of participatory projects, workshops, master classes and guest lectures in the UK and internationally. Choreographic themes, contemporary issues from current productions and the background of the participants determine the emphasis of the learning activities. All educational offerings are taught by Jean or by specialist teachers who are connected to Jean Abreu Dance such as dancers, voice coaches, dramaturgs or artists working closely with the company.
A Thread Workshop 2016
Jean Abreu Dance delivers dance classes for all ages and abilities. Jean has taught regularly at dance schools, colleges and universities across the UK and abroad. Providing local communities, students or individuals with an opportunity to learn technical, artistic and choreographic skills.
Teaching for Inside R&D 2010
Talks & Lectures
Jean has led talks and lectures on topics including dance, technology and science across educational settings and festivals. Jean has been a guest speaker at numerous art, design and technology festivals and conferences. Recent talks and lectures include, A Sense of Place Arts, Enterprise and Placemaking an interdisciplinary conference (2019) in partnership with University of Bedfordshire Embodying Technology: Dance, Technology and the Audiences of the Future, Dance and Virtual Worlds Co Lab and the Frequency Festival. Jean also leads talks with computer scientist Dr. Leon Watts and creative technologist Michele Panegrossi.
Talk at Brazilian Embassy Conference
Jean Abreu Dance collaborates and contributes to research and academic studies across higher education, theatres, science and technology organisations. Jean’s unique approach to embedding technology with dance has led to a series of international research programmes, at Bath Spa University, University of Bedfordshire, Beijing Dance Academy, Studio Wayne Mcgregor and Moving Brands.
Research talk with Dr Leon Watts, Frequency Festival 2017
Mentoring can inspire, support and encourage people to realise their potential and to achieve their dreams. We offer mentoring and one to one support around areas of choreography, dance and digital technology and peer support in the creative arts/ dance sector. Through mentoring we can share our knowledge to make a profound difference directly to people’s lives– and in turn, strengthen communities, economy, and drive social change.
As They Are R&D 2019
Jean Abreu Dance has developed and delivered numerous community engagement projects across Luton, London and the UK. These projects often take place in unusual spaces or outdoors within local towns. We are committed to developing dance created for and delivered by communities.
National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival (CollabRio) 2016
Residencies & Commissions
Jean Abreu Dance creates new works and commissions for dance organisations, universities and festivals. Commissions include creating new works for the Centre of Advanced Training Swindon Dance, The Lowry as well as create new works under graduate student programme at Bath Spa University and London Studio Centre, Intoto. Jean has also been commissioned to create works for Revoluton (RISE!) and National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival (CollabRio)
Revoluton (RISE!) 2018
Jean Abreu Dance builds creative and educational partnerships with other supporting arts organisations. Over the past decade, we have worked with numerous partners including, Southbank Centre, Horniman Museum, Revoluton Arts, Luton Culture Trust, Hat Factory UK, MK Gallery, Motus Festival, Milton Keynes, Luton Creative Forum. In 2020 Jean was a cofounder for Dance Future For All a new alliance of dance artists and continues to be an advocate for dance and the wider arts industry.
Test Beds Conference 2019
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Jean Abreu Dance can deliver bespoke workshops, classes, academic research residencies, mentoring and commissions tailored to each organisation or individual need. Please contact us for more information.
Morning class with Independent Dance
22 - 26 March 2021 (Online)
Thinking(E)Motion or Body Cyclones
As well as building technique and skills, Jean’s classes focus on composition, thinking and decision-making processes that accompany movement and choreography. His methodology encourages dance artists to search for movement impulses that are urgent and necessary and that come from a primal origin. His class hopes to move away from pre-made movement structures, broadening the spectrum of possibilities that the body can offer. It is designed to help participants to develop their ability to listen to their body’s sensorial actions, attuned to the continuous process of making choices, as performers, dancers and social beings.
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