Parallel Memories

A delicate, minimalist, physically intense dance-theatre duet.

In collaboration with renowned Brazilian choreographer Jorge Garcia, Parallel Memories is an exciting and explosive collage of their collective memories and experiences as individuals and artists that unfolds on the stage and invites the audience to witness their captivating duet.

Starting with the monochromatic promise of an empty black box space, a roll of tape and a piece of chalk, Abreu and Garcia trace their heritage and recreate important moments that have marked their lives. Abreu’s movement with tape creates linear patterning and spatial divisions developing into a percussive marking out of time and rhythm. Garcia works with chalk swirling and curving in an ornate contrast to Abreu’s geometry mapping and imprinting their paths as the black box theatre becomes the reflection of their joint timeline.

Images from Parallel Memories

“There are moments of real beauty in this piece that explores the lines that divide and define us.”


“Innovative and symbolically replete, ‘Parallel Memories’ is a passionate display of interpretative dance theatre.”

Threeweeks Magazine

Thursday, 15 September 2011

15 – 29 Aug 2011, Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, C Venues, Edinburgh

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Teatro Sesi, Metrô Trianon-Masp, São Paulo, Brazil

Choreography and Performers Jean Abreu and Jorge Garcia

Lighting Adre Boll

Music Andy Cowton

Production Management Dominic Martin

Co-Producer Cybele Young and Priscila Wille, São Paulo/ Cria da Casa Cultural Management

Co-Producer Donna Meierdiercks, London

Parallel Memories was supported by Sala Crisantempo, Gisela Moreau, South Hill Park, Siobhan Davies Studios, The Hat Factory and Swindon Dance