Shen Wei Dance Arts at the Irvine Barclay Theatre
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Each year, the New Choreographers Initiative holds an intensive three-week process to create fresh, cutting edge new dances. NCI Discovery 2014 will showcase four new ballets created through this program. Artistic Director Molly Lynch invited four choreographers of note, as well as sixteen professional dancers from ballet companies across the country, to participate. This evening will debut the results to the public. This year's choreographers are Barry Kerollis, Gabrielle Lamb, Philip Neal and Garrett Smith. The evening also offers an opportunity to hear the choreographers talk about their concepts and ideas, and for the audience to participate in the discussion. Learn More
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This is a top notch professional dance company. The first work was beautifully executed and visually stunning. I felt it was a bit academic in nature, but they really pulled it off! The second piece was interesting, but did not hold my...continued
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__“It is hardly a risk to say that one of the most creative highlights of Lincoln Center Festival 2003 is the program with which Shen Wei Dance Arts triumphed.” —New York Times
The program will include two pieces: Map and Re- (Part I).
Map: In order to create an abstract dance of raw and pure movement, Shen Wei develops techniques to explore the concepts of rotation, bouncing, internal isolation, internal circular, and internal individual movement. Rotation and circular techniques have been introduced in Shen Wei’s previous works, _The Rite of Spring _(2003) and _Connect Transfer _(2004), respectively, and they are further developed in _Map. _Within the seven sections of the work, each of the different techniques is explored, creating at first a key and then a map of the movement itself. The seventh section is a collage of the keys, building in momentum and energy to ultimately create the entire framework of the map. Map was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival in 2005 and is danced to Steve Reich’s The Desert Music.
Re- (Part I) uses traditional Tibetan chants and is broadly based on the feeling of the land, the people, the religion and the culture of Tibet, which Shen Wei gained from his recent journeys there. It was commissioned by the American Dance Festival and had its premier there on July 3, 2006.
In the eight short years since its inception at the American Dance Festival in 2000, the company has assumed a position among the top tier of dance ensembles worldwide. In addition to repeated engagements at the American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, and the Venice Biennale, Shen Wei Dance Arts has appeared in renowned festivals around the world, from Spoleto to Jacob’s Pillow, Dublin to Rome, Montpellier to Hong Kong to Sydney. In September 2006, the company made its Joyce Theater debut in New York City (with Re- . In May 2007, it initiated a five-year residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in July it gave three performances of Second Visit to the Empress, Shen Wei’s acclaimed staging of the traditional Chinese Opera, at the New York State Theater as part of Lincoln Center Festival.