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Julian Cole
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Jean Abreu (UK/BR)

Born in Brazil, Jean Abreu (choreographer/dancer) moved to London in 1996 after receiving a scholarship to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance, he choreographed his first work in 2003, "Hibrido" and was honoured with the Jerwood Choreography Award the same year as well as becoming an Associate artist at The Place Theatre in London. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil including performances for Julidans festival, Dance Umbrella, Southbank Centre & the Auditorio Ibirapuera São Paulo. He founded Jean Abreu Dance in 2009 and his first work for the company, "INSIDE" with music played live by glitch rock band 65daysofstatic premiered at Edinburgh festival in 2010 to rave reviews. He created the first of a trilogy of solo project "BLOOD" (2013), in collaboration with British visual artists Gilbert and George and co-commissioned by the Royal Opera House London. In 2015 he created "A Thread", an international collaboration with renowned Brazilian visual artist and sculptor Elisa Bracher bringing together dance artists from China, UK and Brazil partly supported by Itau Cultural Foundation (BR), South Bank Centre and Arts Council of England. His most recent creation "Solo for Two" (2018), the second of the trilogy of solos exploring his in between cultural identity, is a collaboration with Belgium dance dramaturg Guy Cools supported by Arts Council England, co-commissioned by Southbank Centre and the Horniman Museum. "Solo for Two" is currently on tour in the UK and will be performed in Brazil, China and Portugal in 2019.

Jean has taught extensively his movement practice in the UK and abroad in renowned dance organisations and universities including London Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, Dance Base (Scotland), International Festival of Morelos (Mexico) Roger Williams University (USA) New York University (USA), Balance Arts Centre (China). He is currently a regular guest artist at Bath Spa University, Portsmouth University, University of Bath, Greenwich Dance and Beijing Dance Academy.

Last update: 04.03.2019

Research Projects
2019: Field Projects LAMENTS
2019: Thinking (e)motion


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