Produced by Shen Wei Dance Arts
Thursday October 28, 2010
46th and Broadway (Duffy Square)
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM
9:00 PM – 9:10 PM
Shen Wei, the compelling choreographer of the magnificent Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2008, viewed by over four billion people, is taking his artistic talents to the streets of New York with a two-day series of guerilla performances, as part of its Tenth Anniversary celebration. The world-renowned choreographer is bringing his talents to the Crossroads of the World -- New York City’s Times Square -- on Thursday, October 28, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 9:00 PM on Duffy Square, 46th and Broadway.
On October 28, Shen Wei launches a two-day series of guerilla performances as part of the Tenth Anniversary celebration of his performing company Shen Wei Dance Arts. Times Square passersby will be treated to a segment from the company’s piece “Re- Triptych.” The three part dance series is inspired by journeys to Tibet, Angkor Wat, and The Silk Road and invokes concepts such as “renew,” “rediscover,” and “repair.” Synchronized video produced by N9 Productions will run on the Clear Channel Spectacolor screen to coordinate with the Shen Wei dance. The event is a program of the Public Art Program of the Times Square Alliance.
About Shen Wei, Artistic Director
Choreographer, director, dancer, painter and designer, Shen Wei is widely recognized for his vision of an intercultural, utterly original mode of movement-based spectacle. Born in Hunan, China, in 1968, he was sent to a re-education farm with his parents at the age of two. From this inauspicious beginning, a “startling imaginative” (New York Times) artistic consciousness was born. Shen Wei became the founding member of China’s first modern dance company, then came to New York in 1997 on a fellowship in search of greater creative freedom. In 2000 he created his company and entered the international touring circuit. In 2006 he became an American citizen. He has been honored with the McArthur “Genius” award, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nijinsky Dance Award and as a United States Fellow and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow.
In recognition of his achievements, he was invited back to China as lead choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies, where he convinced the organizing committee to make contemporary dance the centerpiece of the ceremonies, thus bringing modern dance to the forefront of Chinese culture.
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Times Square Arts Sponsors
- Park Avenue Armory
- Rockefeller Brothers Funds
- The Fund for the City of New York
- New York Community Trust
- The Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
- SHS Foundation
- New York City Department of Cultural Affairs