As They Are: Mantras for the Body, is a creation by Jean Abreu in collaboration with renowned Belgium dance dramaturg Guy Cools and three outstanding female dance artists. Meditative and serene yet intensely driven As They Are transforms moments of fragility into states of sheer dominance.
Drawing from physical portrayals of grief from ancient traditions to modern times, As They Are is a work full of spirit, in which vulnerability re-emerges as strength. Combining innovative L.E.D technology inspired by the visual artist Tatsuo Miyajima, exhilarating choreography and sounds inspired by polyphonic laments from around the world, to reveal the relentless poetic power of the human body.
“As They Are was a powerful, reverent world of women who were wholeheartedly invested which was quite surreal at times. Fantastic cast.”
Independent dance artist, activist and writer Valerie Ebuwa
“Abreu seems to take movement on a molecular level and expand it outwards. His dancers move through space with an exploratory focus upon the minute details of their bodies that expresses a sense of care and sensuality, all the while holding a soft awareness of each other.”
Dance Writer, Rachel Elderkin
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Work in Progress Sharing as part of Absence Presence Absence The October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL
Photo by Ambra Vernuccio
Artistic Director and Choreographer Jean Abreu
Dramaturg Guy Cools
Voice Coach Cathryn Robson
Performers Camilla Brogaard, Margarida Macieira, Rafaela Sayhoun
Technical Manager Ross Flight
Technical Manager Michele Pangrossi
Associate Producer Michael Peter Johnson
As They Are is supported by Arts Council England and October Gallery, The Hat Factory, Impulstanz International Festival and through the freespace programme at Wayne McGregor. Created at Centre 151.