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Let Me Feel Something: a research lab with Jean Abreu

As They Are (2019), performers Camilla Brogaard, Margarida Macieira, Rafaela Sayhoun, photo by Noel Shelley

This is not a lament, it’s the cry of a bird of prey. An iridescent and restless bird. The kiss upon the dead face. I write as if to save somebody’s life. Probably my own. Life is a kind of madness that death makes. Long live the dead because we live in them.” – A Breath of Life by Clarice Lispector

Join ​Brazilian-British choreographer Jea​n Abreu for a two-day research lab exploring the physical language of mourning, grief and laments, inspired by Abreu’s ongoing collaboration ​As They Are: Mantras for the Body​ (working title) with dance dramaturg Guy Cools.

Offering an open space, this lab will offer opportunities to experiment with voice, text/spoken word and polyphonic music traditions in order to create a physical movement language that expresses openness, empathy and support. Jean will draw on a variety of references from music, visual art and writing as a way to transform classical polyphonic music and traditional laments, placing them in a contemporary context.

This lab is intended for professional dancers, movement/somatics practitioners, singers and vocal artists who are interested in researching how we can use the body/voice as a way to articulate vulnerability and find strength.

Please note that the lab will take place 12.30pm – 6pm on Saturday and on 11am – 5pm on Sunday. It will also grant you free access to the artist talk and book launch with Jean Abreu and Guy Cools on the Saturday evening.

Part of Siobhan Davies Studios September Housewarming.