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Shen Wei Dance Arts
20 ratings
3.5 average rating
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333 events
83 reviews
90 stars
attended Apr 17 2010

Very....ummmmm...interesting evening. Here is the breakdown on the 3 numbers.

1) Huge stage full of pellets/sand in a design that the dancers drag their feet and flop around in. There was chanting music got rather annoying after 25 minutes....continued

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S. Craig Red Velvet
346 events
153 reviews
41 stars
attended Apr 18 2010

SO MUCH EFFORT FOR SO LITTLE GLORY!
I have been a dancer all my life, and my fiance is a former soloist for a National Ballet Company. WE WALKED OUT!

After being mesmerized by the opening Olympics at Beijing, I was delighted to get tickets...continued

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184 events
142 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 17 2010

Maybe I'm dense but I just didn't understand the symbollism in these so called dances absent some sort of an introduction or explanation. Possibly de rigeur for aficionados of interpretive dance, but IMHO not for the uninitiated.

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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.

<em>RENT</em>: 20th Anniversary Tour <em>Matilda The Musical</em> American Ballet Theatre's <em>The Nutcracker</em> <em>ELF The Musical</em> Descanso Gardens: Enchanted Forest of Light <em>CHILL</em> American Ballet Theatre's <em>The Nutcracker</em> <em>Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment</em> Knott's Merry Farm <em>The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker</em> <em>ELF The Musical</em> <em>Winter Fest</em> Long Beach Ballet: <em>The Nutcracker</em> <em>Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular</em>