By Jean Abreu
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre
18th and 19th of October, 7pm
Fijis, the new trio piece by Brazilian-born choreographer Jean Abreu is an
intense work where contradictory experiences of sensuality, violence and
longing provide the catalyst for human transformation through the encounters
of the three performers. The piece takes his audience on a journey to an
imaginary place inspired by the unique cultures and rituals of the Polynesian
Islands. Abreu excavates the collective unconscious to create an intense work
that challenges western moral and cultural assumptions. The fluidity and
overwhelming energy of Abreu’s vivid movement language and unique
choreographic style’a hybridization of Latin and contemporary dance
techniques’are taken to new levels in Fijis.
Joining Jean on this exploration are Slovakian born dancer Andrej Petrovi’ and
former Wim Vandekeybus dancer Eleonor Valere. With his creative
collaborators’including New Zealander composer John Metcalfe, lighting
designer David Holmes, and costume designer Tony Wood’Abreu creates a visceral
and unforgettable intervention in contemporary dance.
Jean Abreu established himself as one of Britain's rising talents with a
repertoire that includes the highly acclaimed pieces ‘Hibrido’ (2002), ‘O
Lungo Drom’ and ‘Urge’ (2004), and this years’ ‘Raizes’. The work of this
recipient of the 2003 Jerwood Award for choreography and Associate Artist at
The Place has rapidly gained support from many institutions in the UK and
Europe. Fijis is Jean’s first group piece and represents an exciting new stage
in his career.
Born in Brazil, Jean Abreu studied traditional Brazilian dances and started
his career in Rio de Janeiro. Jean graduated from Laban in London in 1999.
Between 1999 and 2004 Jean performed around the UK and Europe with Protein
Dance while creating his own work. In 2001 he was commissioned by the
Yorkshire Dance Centre and created the duet 'Hibrido'. In 2003, he performed
'Hibrido' at The Place for Resolution! and in Amsterdam as part of Aerowaves.
The same year he won the Jerwood Award for Choreography. In 2004, he
choreographed two new pieces: the solo 'O Lungo Drom' which premiered at
Resolution!, and the duet 'Urge', as part of the first edition of the Place
Prize. 'Urge' was also performed at Teatro Libero in Palermo, Sicily. In 2005,
he choreographed and premiered 'Raizes' at Dance East in Ipswich. 'Raizes'
explored his Latin origins and their influence on his personal movement
language and choreographic style. He is currently Associate Artist at The
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