Alumnus Jean Abreu’s new performance: A Thread

Jean Abreu

Trinity Laban alumnus Jean Abreu will present his latest work A Thread at the Southbank Centre.

Jean Abreu dance will perform the work on Friday 4 November, following a dance masterclass for emerging, experienced and professional dancers.

Part-dance and part-installation, Abreu uses geometric sculptures by renowned Brazilian sculptor and visual artist Elisa Bracher to delve into the concept of balance. Capturing the essence of Elisa's majestic sculptures, the dancers interact and manipulate mysterious metallic structures, transforming the space around them.

The images are accompanied by a stunning electronic soundscape by the Ukrainian composer Oleg Shpudeiko, also known as Heinali, who references – amongst others – the songs of John Dowland.

Speaking to the Southbank Centre, Jean says:

“I became curious about how much physicality is involved in the making of a sculpture. In Elisa's work, this physicality is intense, brutal, and at the same time poetic and fragile. I was fascinated how I could transfer this process into choreography. I had the desire to translate the sculpture into a dance; to create a dialogue between bodies and materials.”

Jean Abreu first came to the UK in 1996 after receiving a scholarship to study at Trinity Laban, and has been living in London ever since. He choreographed his first work in 2003 and has toured to London’s Dance Umbrella Festival, Southbank Centre, and the Royal Opera House. He is also a winner of the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award (2003).

For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Southbank Centre website.