Based in London for 15 years, Jean Abreu forms part of the team of Brazilian dancers who’ve achieve success outside of their country. After receiving a scholarship from the Laban Dance Centre, Jean went on to study and moved into choreography, and decided to start his own company after winning the Jerwood Choreography Award in 2003.
After a few success runs with shows around the UK like Inside, for which he was acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, he is back with his brand-new show, BLOOD.
Co-commissioned by ROH2, the show uses art created by the iconic duo Gilbert & George, the first time in 42 years that they allowed their art to be used in dance.
Abreu has selected twenty-five images from The Fundamental Pictures, Rudimentary Pictures and New Testamental Pictures created between 1996 and 1998 to create a visual world for BLOOD.
Using cutting-edge motion-capture technology and animation, Italian software artists Mirko Arcese and Luca Biada use the Gilbert & George pictures and their own visuals to create a series of projections which respond to Abreu’s movements and speech.
On a pure white set, swathes of red corpuscles bloom from an arm gesture, concentric circles emerge from a whisper or shout, a stick-man alter-ego shadows phrases of dance.
Abreu pushes himself to the limit with a visceral examination of the body and his own identity. Abreu’s other high-profile collaborators for BLOOD include fashion designer Richard Nicholl and Paul Wolinski from math rock band 65daysofstatic.
BLOOD by Jean Abreu