Modern Dance Company Shen Wei Dance Arts
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The last date listed for Shen Wei Dance Arts was Sunday April 18, 2010 / 2:00pm.
Currently at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall:
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- $49.00 - $89.00
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- $23.50 - $43.50
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the compelling true story of Eva Perón comes to vivid life through stunning showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying Adored." Evita follows the path of the small-town peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to President Juan Perón's side as first lady, becoming one of South America's most powerful women. Though she was much beloved by her people as the voice of the poor, her inevitable downfall came through her unwavering ambition and a devastating illness, making her one of history's most tragic and dramatic figures. Direct from Broadway and making its first national tour, this stunning production is directed by Tony nominee Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony winner Rob Ashford. Learn More
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Shen Wei was born in Hunan, China, and lives in New York City. He is not only a choreographer, but a painter, photographer and designer who creates all the costumes and sets for Shen Wei Dance Arts. He is renowned for developing original dance incorporating visual and storytelling elements extracted from the theatre, Chinese opera, Eastern philosophy, traditional and contemporary visual art and sculpture.
Founded in 2000, Shen Wei Dance Arts is a dynamic, young, multi-racial modern-dance company based in New York City, with roots throughout the United States and China. The company has developed, premiered, and performed nine works in more than 100 cities on 5 continents.
The company’s repertoire—acclaimed for its idiosyncratic vocabulary and breathtaking scenic elements—includes Folding (2000), Near the Terrace (2000), Rite of Spring (2003), Connect Transfer (2004), and Second Visit to the Empress, a piece in which the traditional Chinese opera is re-imagined through modern dance (2007).
In developing each new work, Shen Wei and his dancers collaborate to create a discrete movement vocabulary. Through several years of such “movement research,” company members have assimilated Shen Wei’s unique method, called Natural Body Development Technique. The result, as described by Lewis Segal of The Los Angeles Times, is “Shen Wei's reinvention of the dance vocabulary: the way the movement impetus flows from any point in his dancers' bodies to any other, bypassing every convention of dance-as-steps or choreography as a predominantly vertical statement.”
Shen Wei is a 2007 MacArthur “Genius” and U.S. Artists Fellow. He has also received the Guggenheim, Nijinsky (Monaco), and Etoiles de Ballet (Cannes) Awards.