A collaboration with Jean Abreu Dance
2014 – 2016
UK & Brazil
(a) Thread, the new choreographic work of British-Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu is first and foremost an artistic exchange with the Sao Paulo based visual artist, Elisa Bracher. They met after Jean Abreu saw Elisa Bracher’s installation Endless Still Point in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.
Elisa Bracher proposed the materials that are the building stones of A Thread: trolleys, weights, cables, sheets of a lead and one huge leaden ball. The five dancers engage with these materials in a continuous game of constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing. They are builders, movers, wanderers, witnesses who try to find their way out of the labyrinth they have constructed themselves. They walk, balance, carry, cover, take risks and work together. As in ancient performance traditions, the materials are interfaces through which their bodies connect energetically. Through the manipulation of the materials the bodies try to find their own center, to ground themselves.