Jean Abreu choreographed his first work in 2003 and later that year received the Jerwood Choreography Award. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil. Jean has been an Associate Artist at The Place, Swindon Dance, South Hill Park and the Hat Factory and an Artist-in-Residence at Dance East.
Jean founded Jean Abreu Dance in 2009 and his first work for the company, INSIDE, with music by 65daysofstatic, received 4 and 5 star reviews at its premiere in the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He subsequently created Parallel Memories in collaboration with Brazilian choreographer Jorge Garcia, which premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured to Brazil. In 2012 Jean collaborated with director Topher Campbell at The Red Room on a Channel 4 film commission for the Random Acts series curated by the Ballet Boyz. His more recent dance productions include BLOOD, his collaboration with Gilbert & George which premiered in May 2013 and A Thread, with Brazilian visual artist Elisa Bracher in 2016. Solo for Two is Jean Abreu Dance's most recent work, in which two dancers are struggling to find their place in the world. The powerful duet premiered in 2017 and was commissioned by the Horniman Museum & Gardens and Southbank Centre.
Jean Abreu Dance (JAD) was founded in 2009 with a clear vision to produce, develop and widely present the work of Artistic Director Jean Abreu. The company's expanding portfolio of work presents audiences with a varied range of projects and collaborations from contemporary dance, theatre, film, ballet, and visual arts. Abreu's non-judgemental approach to movement, body language and culture informs the basis of his artistic work. The Company’s main concern as an organisation is to develop dance as a powerful art form that can captivate, provoke and influence audiences across the world.