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Thu 28 Feb 2008–Sun 2 Mar 2008, 8:00pm

Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • A: $86.50
  • A/FR: $81.50
  • B: $76.50
  • B/FR: $71.50
  • C: $61.50
  • D: $41.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Olivia Bruce

"Poetic care... remarkable mastery" - The Geneva Tribune

"The dancing is brilliant, and the patterns are powerfully compelling." - New York Times

Shen Wei Dance Arts burst onto the international scene at the beginning of the decade, proclaimed as a fresh, new tour de force in dance today. Shen Wei's startling choreography is epic in scale, rousing all the senses at once and potently theatrical.

The influences that have shaped Shen Wei as a choreographer, painter and designer are channelled into a sensibility that has produced absorbing results. His landmark double bill – Rite of Spring and Folding – demonstrates the extraordinary range of genius that has captivated audiences worldwide.

Rite of Spring is a dynamic piece of engrossing and precise movement visually amplifying Stravinsky's powerful score. Taking its cues from Chinese opera, Western classical ballet and modern dance, the choreography tests the technical and physical limits of the dancers. They flow across the intricate floor painting by Shen Wei.

In Folding the eye-catching costumes of flowing skirts, white body make-up and cone-shaped head dresses call to mind creatures that are simultaneously ancient and futuristic, religious and fantastical. Folding is a measured and mysterious work, set to the sounds of Tibetan chanting and a haunting score by John Tavener.

Chinese-born Shen Wei employs a holistic approach, in masterly control of every detail of his vision, immersing you in a totally sublime world.

Choreography and design Shen Wei

Photo credit Zhen Qian

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