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‘Blood’: a visceral multimedia dance experience

New piece from Jean Abreu Dance is inspired by the work of Gilbert & George.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

21 May 2013 at 10.49am | Comment on this article

Blood, a new work by Brazilian dancer Jean Abreu, opens in the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre on Thursday 27 June.

Inspired by Gilbert & George’s 'The Fundamental Pictures' - a series of works that put bodily fluids under the microscope - Blood follows a man’s exploration of his flesh and blood. The process starts with the physical, but leads him to question the composition of his soul.

‘The Fundamental Pictures made me want explore spiritual, scientific and philosophical questions about the body,’ said Jean told the Brazilian Post. ‘Dance is one of the most pure and raw ways of expressing emotions and ideas: it is a key to open the door to another way of seeing and feeling.’

Jean, who was born in Brazil and has been based in London for 15 years, founded Jean Abreu Dance in 2009.

‘My work combines European contemporary dance with Latin traditions, which takes my movement language to new and unique places’, he said.

For his latest work, he has collaborated with Italian software artists Mirko Arcese and Luca Biada, and award-winning production designer Alan Macdonald (The Queen, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). A solo dance piece described as a visceral multi-media experience, the production uses innovative motion-capture technology and animation, and features a score by Paul Wolinski, of 65daysofstatic.

Listen to an extract of the score:

Blood will be performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 27 and 28 June. Tickets are still available.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

21 May 2013 at 10.49am

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged Blood, Brazil, Brazilian, by Jean Abreu, gilbert & George, jean abreu dance, Paul Wolinski, Production, Replicator, The Fundamental Pictures

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