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Shen Wei Dance Arts

"It is hard to recall anyone else who has responded to the music with such striking, stripped-to-the bone abstraction as Mr. Shen has. This is imagery and conceptualism with a difference….The visual and emotional impact is overwhelming." -The New York Times

Folding & Rite of Spring

Folding

The work conjures-up a dream-like, even surreal world, that is at once ancient and timeless. Dancers glide onto the stage space and amass as though suddenly called to partake in an ancient ritual, familiar and yet unknown. A downstage pendulum, barely moving, marks the slow unraveling of time. The costumes (conical headdresses and long red and black robes), white makeup, and glowing white floor, heighten the dance’s sense of mystery and ritual. The work’s large backdrop, painted by Shen Wei, is after an 18th-century Chinese watercolor by Bada Shanren. A seminal work, Folding, is quite simply, a masterpiece.

Rite of Spring

Shen Wei’s ground-breaking Rite of Spring, performed to Fazil Say’s 4-hand piano version of Stravinsky’s score, brings a totally fresh sensibility to this well-known music; the fresh-eye of the outsider. His Rite of Spring jettisons all narrative. There is no sacrifice or primitive society, no contemporary irony; instead, he responds to the score with a rigorous abstraction and formal structuring. It is pure abstraction, but a highly charged and animated abstraction. Shen Wei’s Rite stands out as a singular expression that has won acclaim worldwide.

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Performances

  • Fri

    2

    March

    8pm

  • Sat

    3

    March

    8pm

Venue

Vancouver Playhouse

Pricing

  • Adult: $65.00
  • Student / Senior: $55.00
  • Pass (4 Shows): $55.00
  • Non-Profit Arts Employee: $55.00
  • Group of 10 or more: $45.00

Artists

Folding

Concept/Choreography

/Set/Costumes:

Shen Wei

Musical Score:

Last Sleep of the Virgin for Bells &

String Quartet by John Tavener 

& Tibetan Buddhist Chants

Lighting Design:

David Ferri

Rite of Spring

Concept/Choreography

/Set/Costumes:

Shen Wei

Musical Score:

Le Sacre Du Printemps,

Four-hand Piano Version

by Igor Stravinsky

Musical Recording:

Fazil Say

Lighting Design:

David Ferri

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