Brazilian dance brings labyrinth to life

'A Thread'

On 28 July 2016, Trinity Laban alumnus Jean Abreu reinvents his latest dance work for an evening of surprising events at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

The week before the start of the Rio Olympics, Labirinto at the Horniman showcases Brazilian arts in an evening led by Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu, who will be presenting an extract of his dance production A Thread. This specially-commissioned evening features music and theatre performance, film and a bespoke app which guides the audience through indoor and outdoor performances, as part of Festival of Brasil, the museum’s celebration of Brazilian culture this summer.

A Thread explores tension and balance through the combination of visual art and dance, and comes to the Horniman from performances in the UK and Sao Paulo. Inspired by Sao Paulo-based artist Eliza Bracher’s vast installation piece The Endless Still Point, A Thread melds her weighty metal and wire structures with Abreu’s own contemporary dance, exploring ideas of balance and tension within the body and mind.

The evening will also feature performances from Brazilian guest artist and Trinity Laban lecturer Fernanda Prata, who presents a dance duet based on the Tropicalia arts movement in Brazil.

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).

Labirinto is part of the Horniman’s Brazilian summer celebration Festival of Brasil, which also features Festa Julina on 3 July, with dancers from Trinity Laban’s Learning & Participation (Dance) programme. Continuing the collaboration, the Laban Building has been hosting a series of objects as part of the Horniman’s Object in Focus programme. To find out more, read the Trinity Laban news story.

To learn more about Labirinto, visit the Horniman website.

Jean is seeking a small number of Trinity Laban’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance students to take part in a site-specific workshop at the Horniman on Thursday 21 July (6-9pm). Five dancers from this cohort will be selected to partake in a public performance as part of Labirinto on Thursday 28 July (6.30-9.30pm). Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Imagery: Ambra Vernuccio