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Shen Wei Dance Arts' Tour to Russia and China
With all the talk about a new Cold War, Shen Wei Dance Arts' fall tour to Moscow, Shanghai and Beijing proves that art has no boundaries. With support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission of the U.S. State Department, we are delighted to bring Shen Wei's work to Russian audiences at the famed Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre. Our October engagement will mark Shen Wei Dance Arts' premiere performances in Russia. We are particularly delighted to perform Shen Wei's Rite of Spring in Moscow, giving Russian audiences a unique take on this archetypal piece, as it synthesizes the Russian score, American and Chinese movement styles, and European modernism into a new global aesthetic.
We are also delighted to return to China for performances at the Shanghai International Festival and the Olympic Theater Festival in Beijing. In Beijing, we will give a rare performance in the Beijing Capital Museum, adapting Folding, selections from Connect Transfer and 0-12 for the mammoth museum lobby. It will be a thrilling performance.
Shen Wei Defies Time at ADF
For the 81st season of the American Dance Festival, Shen Wei was invited to perform in "On Their Bodies," a program featuring solos created and performed by four male choreographers. For the occasion, he reprised his recent solo, Variations, to music by Arvo Pärt. Critic Kate Dobbs Ariail of the Five Point Star raved, “Shen Wei, draped in sheer white jersey and feet encased in white socks, danced his 2014 Variations alone on white marley to the gently solemn sounds of Arvo Pärt’s Variations for the Healing of Arinushka. He is no less graceful than the youth who so amazed us all as a young ADF student, but far more powerful now in his sinuous elegance that never fails to make me think of swifts and swallows soaring and swiveling through the sky. The dance has a completeness that is enormously satisfying, even while one remembers this twist, that arm’s curve, those cloaked feet in stringent fifth position.” And Susan Brioli praised, “Shen’s Variations….draws us into a place of calm, peace and beauty. That’s because Shen centers himself in that place and from there, performs a meditative, seamless flow of supple moves. He slowly twists and turns, his head leaning way back as though providing a counter-weight. The air seems to support him; sometimes his arms appear to float. He makes everything look easy. Even, when he kicks one leg high to the side, this seems effortless and doesn’t interrupt the flow. He embodies a timelessness in which he appears ageless.”
Shen Wei Dance Arts Performs for Thousands at Celebrate Brooklyn!
Last month, Shen Wei Dance Arts performed Map and 0-12 before 2,600 New Yorkers at Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park. The New York Times commented, "As a choreographer, Shen Wei is driven by nature. In both his dancers and in his structure, it’s all there, just transplanted in bodies: a leafy branch swaying in the breeze, an insect scrambling across a dirt path, powdery clouds floating across a clear sky. It’s arresting how viewing Mr. Shen’s work in a natural setting — at least a verdant edge of Prospect Park — heightens that body-to-nature awareness. As dusk fell on Thursday at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival, the same breezes that brushed the skin seemed to activate the swirling dancers onstage."