Wen Wei Dance’s work reflects a multiplicity of dance and social experiences. Each creation is influenced by a natural evolution of personal identity, and strives to reflect the underlying experience of social, cultural and personal development. Wen Wei Dance creates startling and provocative performance works of a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility. With an original and highly individual style, Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang fuses precise and subtle choreography with stunning visual design and music, turning each work into a rich and unique world.
Since the company’s founding in 2003, it has created ten full-length works including: Dialogue (2017), Made in China (2015), 7th Sense (2013), Under the Skin (2010); Cock-Pit (2009, winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award); Three Sixty Five (2007); Unbound (2006, winner of the Isadora Awards for Excellence in Choreography and Performance); One Man’s (2005); and Tao (2004).
Wen Wei Dance has performed these acclaimed works across Canada and at dance festivals around the world, including Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, the Canada Dance Festival, and the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Colombia, South America. The company has most recently performed Unbound in Shanghai and Beijing, China and at the prestigious Venice Biennale in Italy.
Wen Wei Dance is currently company in residence at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver.
WEN WEI WANG
Wen Wei Wang began dancing at an early age in China, where he was born and raised. He trained and danced professionally with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he came to Canada and joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company after which he danced with Ballet British Columbia for seven years. Since 2003, he has served as Artistic Director of Wen Wei Dance. Wen Wei is the recipient of many awards such as the 2000 Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and the 2006 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography (Unbound). In addition to his works for Wen Wei Dance, he has choreographed for the Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Dancers Dancing, North West Dance Projects in Portland and, most recently, Vancouver Opera’s production of Nixon in China.