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Shen Wei

Shen Wei  Choreographer, director, dancer, painter and designer, Shen Wei is widely recognized for his defining vision of an intercultural, interdisciplinary, utterly original mode of movement-based performance. Shen Wei was born in a rural village of Hunan, China in 1968, year of the monkey. Son of Chinese opera professionals, he left home at the age of nine to study the form; he  subsequently won a position at the Hunan State Xian Opera Company, with which he performed leading roles from 1984-1989. In 1991, he became a founding member—dancer and choreographer—of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first such company in China. Upon receiving a scholarship from the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab, Shen Wei moved to New York City in 1995.

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