Born in Brazil, Jean Abreu moved to London in 1996 after receiving a scholarship to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. In 2003, he was awarded the Jerwood Choreography Award for the creation of his first choreography, Hibrido. Since then, his work has toured throughout the U.K., Europe, Brazil and China including performances for Dance Umbrella, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Opera House and Southbank Centre in London.
Creative & digital technology has consistently featured within and challenged his varied performance work.
In 2009, he founded Jean Abreu Dance and has since collaborated with influential artists across multiple art forms. Jean has taught extensively in the U.K. and abroad and is currently a regular guest artist at numerous universities. His collaboration with Toronto-based Naishi Wang is supported by the NAC-CCA Visiting Dance Artist Program.