Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival


Naishi Wang (Canada) & Jean Abreu (UK)
January 26 + 27, 2024 | 8pm
January 28, 2024 | 2pm * Talkback to Follow
Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)

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Choreographers Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu come together in a new international collaboration exploring UK/Canada and Brazil/China cultural references related to poetry and vocal traditions of folk music. This cultural exchange will create a powerful physical journey and performance that demonstrates how the body can be used as an extraordinary tool for linguistic expression. This duet will investigate cultural links, post-colonial histories, the embodiment of the migrant experience, and the transforming nature of human identity.

“I seek to utilize the body as a tool to ask profound direct questions about the continual transforming nature of human identity.” - Jean Abreu


Concept, choreography, performing: Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu

Dramaturgy and outside eye: Guy Cools and Ginelle Chagnon


Deciphers is co-produced: Centre national des Arts (Ottawa) + Harbourfront Center (Toronto) + PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver) + MAI Montréal, Arts Interculturels (Montreal) + CanDance (Toronto) + Dance 4 (Nottingham, UK) + Canada Council for the Arts.

Top photo by Maya Yoncali. Middle photo by Omer Yukseker.