Shen Wei Dance Arts
Hailed as “one of the great artists of our time” (The Washington Times), choreographer, director, dancer, painter, and designer Shen Wei is internationally renowned for the breadth and scope of his artistic vision. He founded Shen Wei Dance Arts at the American Dance Festival in 2000 and his Company rapidly advanced to the forefront of the dance world, winning worldwide acclaim for “amassing a body of works so strikingly original they defy categorization” (The Boston Globe). Since its founding, Shen Wei Dance Arts has performed in 138 cities, in 30 countries, on five continents and has appeared at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide, including the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Spoleto Festival, frequent performances at the American Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Music Center, Venice Biennale, Sadler’s Wells, the Barbican Centre, Het Muziektheater, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Berliner Festpiele and the Sydney Festival.
Widely recognized for his role as the lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the work Shen Wei makes for his Company draws on influences as varied as traditional Chinese culture and arts, European Surrealism, American high modernism, and the ritual power of ancient drama. Transcending East and West, Shen Wei Dance Arts fuses these disparate forms to forge a startlingly new hybrid form of dance. The Company’s dances reflect the compositional rigor of Shen Wei as a visual artist, dancer and choreographer – incorporating vivid colors, striking design, and imaginative use of space into theatrical, kinetic paintings. Shen Wei’s importance to the field has been recognized by a MacArthur (Genius) Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a U.S. Artists Fellow Award, Australia’s Helpmann Award, Les Étoiles de Ballet 2000 (the dance award of Europe’s leading dance magazine) and, most recently, the 2013 Chinese Innovator Award from the Wall Street Journal-China.
This is Dance that must be savored moment by moment." —The New York Times
Shen Wei creates on the premise that the arts cannot be separated, and in the performance last week, dance and visual art intertwined...His movement spoke volumes with its gorgeous visual imagery." —The Sunday Times, London
Sheer gorgeousness." —The Washington Post