WEN WEI DANCE
Wen Wei Dance self-presents a new contemporary dance piece, Ying Yun. This work, being born at a heated time of gender discourse, raises the platform of choreographing to the female performers in the work. The creative process involves dialogues between Ying Yun’s dancers and artistic director Wen Wei Wang, with the aim to translate their stories into movement.
Ying Yun is the name of Wang’s mother, who passed away four years ago from ovarian cancer. A significant influence on why he became an artist, Wang dedicates this new creation to her and engages the dancers to interpret the story, in turn sharing their intersectional experiences. Ying Yun aims to give power to the human body and investigates how dance reflects the current zeitgeist in relation to a larger global setting. Ying Yun is scheduled to premiere February 19 – 23, 2019 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver.
WEN WEI DANCE’S work reflects a multiplicity of dance and social experiences. Each creation is influenced by a natural evolution of personal identity and strives to reflect the underlying experience of social and cultural development. Wen Wei Dance creates startling and provocative performance works of a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility. Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang fuses precise and subtle choreography with visual design and music, turning each work into a rich and unique world. The company was awarded the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award for Cock-Pit (2009) and an Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography and Performance for Unbound (2006).
Photos by Chris Randle
“Wang pulled off that elusive feat of making the personal into something bigger than itself.”
—Kaijia Pepper, The Dance Current
“The decision to use only male dancers was canny as the weakness engendered from being misunderstood was exquisitely juxtaposed with the potential physical power of the dancers themselves.”
—MG, The Vancouver Arts Review (on Dialogue)
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