Body Talk: Dance Workshop for Youths with choreographer Wen Wei Wang

JUNE 27 – 30, 2016; 1:30-5:30PM DAILY
Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)
FREE – Space is limited. Email or call 604.683.6552 to register.

This dance workshop, open to youths aged 15 and up, touched on various styles and forms including elements of Tai Chi, martial arts, Peking Opera and ballet technique. Through improvisation, dialogue and experiments with physical language, the breath of the rhythm and release technique was the foundation for creating unique movements to express meanings through the body and mind.

Following the workshop, participants gave a public performance as part of the Dancing on the Edge in July (exact date and time TBC).

Space is limited; please email by Wednesday, June 22, 2016 to register. When registering please provide your name, age, contact information, and a short summary of your previous dance experience.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Firehall Arts Centre.
Firehall Arts Centre

Dialogue (work-in-progress) – Dance in Vancouver studio showing

Wen Wei Dance
Saturday November 21, 2015 | 12:30PM
Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)

Join Wen Wei Dance for a free work-in-progress studio showing of Dialogue. Dialogue is a piece for five men that explores themes of contact, communication and language – both spoken and unspoken- underlying our learned ability to speak language and the fundamental urge to communicate. Drawing from Wen Wei Wang’s personal experience as a non-English speaking immigrant to Canada, the work explores the basic desire to be understood, and the loneliness when one does not achieve those honest connections with others. Dialogue strives to break down the sophisticated and artificial systems of language and technology to examine the universality of communication and our collective experience.

Dialogue (working title) – open rehearsals

Dialogue (working title)
Open Rehearsals
Friday, September 25, 2015; 4PM
Birmingham Studio – Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)

Join Wen Wei Dance for an open rehearsal of a new work-in-progress, Dialogue (working title). Featuring five dancers from five different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Dialogue explores themes of contact, communication and language – both spoken, and unspoken.

‘Made in China’ on Novus TV

Novus TV host Meredith Geddes caught up with Wen Wei Dance at an open rehearsal of Made in China at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver on January 24, 2015. Made in China premieres at the Banff Centre for the Arts on January 31, before traveling to Dance Victoria (Feb. 5–7), ArtSpring (Salt Spring Island, Feb. 13), and the Firehall Arts Centre (Feb. 18–21).

‘Made in China’ premieres January 31 2015

Wen Wei Dance’s newest work, Made In China, plumbs artistic director Wen Wei Wang’s interest in giving a distinctive voice to his Chinese-Canadian cultural identity. Co-created and performed with Gao Yanjinzi, artistic director of Beijing Modern Dance Company, Qiu Xia He, award-winning classical Chinese musician of Vancouver’s Silk Road Music, and Sammy Chien, a video and sound artist, Made In China plunges into their respective artistic expressions to explore the commonalities of their Chinese heritage.

The new work will premiere in January 2015, touring to four cities:

Banff, AB
The Banff Centre
January 31, 2015
World Premiere

Victoria, BC
Dance Victoria
February 5 – 7, 2015

Salt Spring Island, BC
February 13, 2015

Vancouver, BC
Firehall Arts Centre
February 18 – 21, 2015