International collaboration created together by Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu

2022 UK R&D photos + Video Trailer by Maya Yoncali

Deciphers - an international collaboration created by Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu - toured across Canada to 4 venues with 13 performances from 26 Jan - 23 Feb 2024.

Deciphers is a compelling physical performance bringing together elements of Chinese Folk Dance, Brazilian dance styles, spoken word, breath, and ink on paper to explore translation. The various mediums create and question complexities of communication through the lens of understanding and misunderstanding

Co-performers and choreographers, Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu, use the stage as their blank canvas highlighting the body as a primal source for communication and carrier of meaning. Deciphers addresses translation as a linguistic phenomenon centering the immigrant experience.

Photo from Deciphers Production Week at Dance City by Maya Yoncali

Photo from Deciphers Production Week at Dance City by Maya Yoncali

“The connection between the artists reflects a study in difference and commonality, a kind of measuring of where I have been and where I am going. What’s left is audible breath, expended energy, something very human, with rays of fluorescent light illuminating what remains in that psychic space.”

Philip Szporer, The Dance Current

Artistic Directors and choreographers Jean Abreu and Naishi Wang

Performers Jean Abreu and Naishi Wang

Lighting Design Lucie Bazzo

Visual Design Ivy Wang

Composer Olesia Onykiienko

Dramaturgic advice Guy Cools

Outside eye Ginelle Chagnon (live)

Rehearsal Director Xing Bang Fu

Voice Coach Fides Krucker

Access Consultant Zed Lightheart

Technical Director Emerson Kafarowski

Stage Manager/Technical Assistant in collaboration A.J. Morra

Technical Manager Cath Cullinane

PR and Marketing Diagonal Dance

CA Producer Robert Sauvey

UK Producer Michael Peter Johnson

Naishi Wang

Born in Changchun, China, Naishi Wang began his training at Jilin College of Art before moving to Canada in 2004 to attend The School of TDT. He was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre for nine years, and in 2015 embarked on an independent career.

As an award-winning performer and independent choreographer, Naishi’s development aligns with his belief that the performing arts offer an imaginary perspective, and is interested in pushing the art form in the 21st century. He has collaborated with Berlin-based artist Christoph Winkler, and in 2009 was commissioned by SXM studio in Beijing to create concept-based dance works. In 2018, he premiered his celebrated solo Taking Breath. Naishi is an artist in residency at Citadel + Company in Toronto, and La Serre – arts vivants in Montreal. His collaboration with U.K.-based Jean Abreu is supported by the NAC-CCA Visiting Dance Artist Program.


Photo by Hans Michael Lenz

Friday, 26 January 2024

World Premiere at PuSh International Festival, Vancouver, Canada

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

Wednesday, 14 February 2024

Montréal Arts Interculturels, Montreal, Canada

Thursday, 22 February 2024

National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada