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.
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.