New international collaboration with Naishi Wang

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

Deciphers - an international collaboration created by Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu - will tour 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.

For tickets for our Canada 2024 tour and to book please click here.

Partners in Canada: The CanDance Network (Toronto) + National Arts Centre (Ottawa) + Harbourfront Centre (Toronto) + MAI Montréal, Arts interculturels (Montréal) + PuSh Festival (Vancouver) + DanceWorks (Toronto) + New Works (Vancouver) + Citadel (Toronto)

Partners in UK: Fabric Dance (Birmingham & Nottingham) + Dance City (Newcastle) + Brighton Dome (Brighton) + South East Dance (Brighton) + Towner Gallery (Eastbourne)

Deciphers is supported and funded by: the National Arts Centre (NAC) Visiting Dance Artist programme + The Candance Network small-scale creation fund + Canada Council for the Arts + Performing Arts Technical Residency programme at Harbourfront Center, Toronto + PuSh walk special podcast + Toronto Arts Council + Ontario Arts Council + Canada Council for the Arts + Arts Council England + Canadian High Commission UK

Photo from Deciphers 2021 R&D Canada @NAC

Photo from Deciphers 2022 R&D UK @Towner Gallery

Photo from Deciphers 2022 R&D UK @Towner Gallery

Photo from Deciphers 2021 R&D Canada @NAC

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