Shen Wei Dance Arts
Hailed by the New York Times as "startlingly imaginative" and widely acclaimed wherever it performed, Shen Wei Dance Arts is founded upon the fusion of art forms: dance, theater, Chinese opera, painting, sculpture and a unique hybridism of Western and Eastern cultures. The result is "fascinating fantasy in movement" (Sydney Morning Herald). Shen Wei was born in Hunan, studied Chinese opera at the age of 9, and began his performing career in the provincial opera troupe. He then became an original member of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company. After winning first prize both for choreography and performance at the inaugural National Modern Dance Competition in China in 1994, he received a scholarship from the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab and moved to New York City a year later.