Solo for Two

Two dancers are caught in a struggle to find their place in the world

Photo by Ambra Vernuccio

A little robot called Macheba joins them on stage as an interactive witness to their battle for survival and a new identity, scanning the dancers´ memories and projecting their feelings. With the use of robotics in Solo for Two, Jean Abreu continues to explore the challenges of technology in his work. Solo for Two focuses on the outward journey: how a migratory identity is created by cycles of loss, letting go and new beginnings.

"Before prehistory there was the pre history of prehistory, there was the never and there was the yes. It was ever so.." - From 'The Hour of the Star' by Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, 1977

Photos by Ambra Vernuccio

“Abreu is a remarkable performer, with a technique developed from forms of Brazilian dance and martial arts that enables him to sink into the floor and rise with resilience.”

Jann Parry, DanceTabs

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Presentation and Talk, Frequency Festival 2017 The Blue Room at the Lawn, Lincoln, UK

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK tour launch at the Brazilian Embassy, London, UK

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Edge, Bath

Friday, 18 May 2018

Swindon Dance, Swindon

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Southbank Centre, London

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

Friday, 24 August 2018

UKCCA, Luton

Friday, 31 August 2018

Tanzmesse, Düsseldorf, Germany

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Black History Month Finale Celebration, Trinity Laban, London

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol

Saturday, 25 May 2019

25 & 26 May 2019 Hangzhou - XiXi Arts Centre, China

Saturday, 1 June 2019

CoreSpace Xi'a, China

Thursday, 6 June 2019

6, 7 & 8 June 2019 Centre 77, Beijing, China

Monday, 10 June 2019

Student Centre 301, Shenzhen, China

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton

Solo for Two China Tour

In 2019 Jean Abreu Dance toured Solo for Two in China in partnership with the British Council China, Brazilian Embassy and Max Production.

The company performed 10 shows in 5 cities Hangzhou, Xixi Arts Centre, Xian City Core Arts Centre, Beijing Theatre 77 and Shenzhen CUHK (Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen)

Photos from China Tour 2019

Artistic Director & Choreographer Jean Abreu

Dramaturg Guy Cools

Voice Coach Cathyn Robson

Performers *Rita Carpinteiro, *Camilla Brogaard, *Margarida Macieira, *Maria Fonseca,*Jemima Brown

Technical Manager Michele Pangrossi

Producer Natalie Richardson

*This role was performed individually throughout the tours.

Solo for Two is a Southbank Centre and Horniman Museum & Gardens co-commission, made in collaboration with Guy Cools and supported by Arts Council England, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, South East Dance, Laban Theatre Swindon Dance, O Espaço do Tempo, Portugal and Threshold Studios