Shen Wei Dance Arts: Simply Inspring and Creative

Shen Wei

On Nov 30th, we attended Tenth Anniversary Gala Celebration and performance event presented by Shen Wei Dance Arts. We have to say, the entire show was truly amazing and infinitely unique. It’s not words could describe.

Rite of Spring

Shen Wei Dance Arts is now 10 years old. Its armory program is, in multiple senses, an expansion of its New York debut at the 2003 Lincoln Center Festival. The two works back then, “Folding” (2000) and “Rite of Spring” (2003), are joined by a site-specific premiere, “Undivided Divided,” for an evening of more than two and a half hours, including nearly an hour of intermissions.

Undivided Divided

Following his year-long creative exploration as a Park Avenue Armory artist-in-residence, Artistic Director Shen Wei and his company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, performed Undivided Divided, a bold new work that heralds the next direction for the ensemble. The evening culminated with Undivided Divided, which took over the entire drill hall. Created during the Company’s residence at the Armory, this site-specific world premiere combined handcrafted scenic elements with an expansive digital projection in a performance that makes dynamic use of the boundless possibilities available in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

Tenth Anniversary Gala Celebration Premiere

The evening-length program also included the restaging of two of Shen Wei’s most celebrated works: Rite of Spring (2003), a study of deliberate versus reflexive movement set to Igor Stravinsky’s intricate music; and Folding (2000), which combines highly stylized movement with the ethereal melodies of John Tavener and traditional Tibetan Buddhist chants.

Shen Wei Dance Arts

During the event, we also saw filmmaker and director Ang Lee, one of the honorees at Shen Wei Dance Arts Tenth Anniversary Gala Celebration.

Ang Lee

(Ang Lee and Shen Wei)

Park Avenue Armory

Park Avenue Armory

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