Title: Shen Wei Dance Arts
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
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Description: Shen Wei Dance Arts captivated the world with its imaginative choreography for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This dynamic young company melds modern dance with theater, Chinese opera, philosophy, art and architecture. Presented as part of the Center’s special Destination China series, Shen Wei marks its Scottsdale debut performing selections from The Re- Triptych, including Part I: Tibet, a deeply personal and spiritual dance incorporating traditional Tibetan chants and a stunning, full-stage mandala, and Part III: The New Silk Road, a celebration of China’s vast and divergent religious traditions, languages and cultural histories.
Pre-Performance Lecture by Alison M. Friedman, 7 p.m.
Currently an arts-management fellow at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Alison M. Friedman is the leading expert on modern dance in China and, from 2005 to 2008, served as international director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company. She will discuss the current status of modern dance in China in the context of domestic economic forces and market pressures from abroad, as well as issues of individual expression and artists’ search for a ‘modern Chinese’ identity/voice.
Ticket: $47 (includes 7 p.m. lecture)
Start Time: 8:00pm
Date: February 13, 2010