Tkaronto/ Toronto + London, Uk Naishi Wang + Jean Abreu


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Deciphers is a physical performance by Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu that brings together elements of Chinese folk dance, Brazilian dance styles, spoken word, breath, and ink on paper. Both artists share a concern for the corporeal connections between immigration and translation as a linguistic phenomenon centering the immigrant experience. As co-performers and choreographers, Wang and Abreu make the stage their blank canvas, using raw, improvisational movements to highlight the body as the base of communication and meaning.


Technical Director:
Emerson Kafarowski
Lighting Designer:
Lucie Bazzo
Set Design:
Ivy Wang
Michael Peter Johnson
Robert Sauvey, Dance Umbrella of Ontario
Naishi Wang + Jean Abreu
Guy Cools
Outside Eyes:
Ginelle Chagnon
Access Consultant:
Zed Lightheart
Photography & Film:
Maya Yoncali


Deciphers acknowledges the support of the National Arts Centres’ Visiting Dance Program, the Harbourfront Centre, and the CanDance Network Small Scale Creation Fund.

The UK development of Deciphers was supported through funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant and High Commission of Canada. Special thanks to Towner Gallery Eastbourne, Eastbourne Council and Take the Space.

Naishi Wang + Jean Abreu Deciphers
  • $28 — regular
  • $22 — discount- arts professionals, seniors (65 and +), students
  • $22 — neighbours- residents and workers in H2X and H2W
  • $16 — juniors and groups- 14 years and under, groups of 10 people and +
  • $20 — saturday special
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