Wen Wei Dance: Dialogue


The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series
Wen Wei Dance
Thursday-Saturday May 25-27, 2017 at 8pm
Post-show talkback May 26
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
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Communication and the human need to connect inspire Dialogue, an exciting new work by acclaimed Vancouver choreographer Wen Wei Wang. Created for six powerful and expressive male dancers (Ralph Escamillan, Andrew Haydock, Arash Khakpour, Tyler Layton-Olson, Nicholas Lydiate, and Alex Tam), the work draws from Wang’s personal experience as a non-English speaking immigrant to Canada, expressing the basic desire to be understood, and the loneliness when those connections with others are not achieved. Wang’s precise and subtle choreography has an elegant yet aggressive physicality, and expresses a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility. Dialogue features music ranging from Iceland-basic musician Ben Frost, and Canadian icon Leonard Cohen.

“I am interested in the communalities found in gestures, body language and movement,” says Wang. “I hope to create a movement vocabulary from the linguistic rhythms and melodies, and the physical expressions of emotion.” As with his previous choreographies, Wang’s intent is to draw connections between cultures, whether they are ethnic or geographical, to gain a deeper understanding of our shared experiences. Dialogue is about overcoming differences, and highlights the common bonds that we share.

Wen Wei Wang began dancing at an early age in China, where he was born and raised. He trained and danced professionally with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he came to Canada and joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company after which he danced with Ballet BC for seven years. Since 2003, he has served as Artistic Director of Wen Wei Dance. Since the company’s founding, he has created nine full-length works including: Made in China (2015), 7th Sense (2013), Under the Skin (2010); Cock-Pit (2009, winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award); Three Sixty Five (2007); Unbound (2006, winner of the Isadora Awards for Excellence in Choreography and Performance); One Man’s (2005); and Tao (2004). Wen Wei Dance has performed these acclaimed works across Canada and at dance festivals around the world, including Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, the Canada Dance Festival, the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Colombia, South America, and at the prestigious Venice Biennale in Italy. Wen Wei is the recipient of many awards such as the 2000 Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and the 2006 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography (Unbound). In addition to his works for Wen Wei Dance, he has choreographed for the Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Dancers Dancing, North West Dance Projects in Portland, and Vancouver Opera’s production of Nixon in China. He is currently a Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence. www.wenweidance.ca

Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series 2016-2017

October 20-22 Noam Gagnon | Vision Impure
January 18-20 Jan Martens
February 2-4 Alessandro Sciarroni
February 16-18 Tara Cheyenne Performance + Silvia Gribaudi
March 1-4 Kinesis Dance somatheatro
April 6-8 Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
April 20-22 Lesley Telford | Inverso
May 25-27 Wen Wei Dance

The Dance Centre was established in 1986 as a resource centre for dance professionals and the public in British Columbia, and has evolved into a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. Its goal is to support the development of dance and to develop an environment where it can thrive. The Dance Centre offers programs and resources supporting the professional development of artists, presents public performances and events, manages Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada's flagship dance facility, and works to promote BC dance. 

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