Sammy Chien is going on tour with Wen Wen Dance for the remount of Made in China. A show premiered in 2015 January at the Banff Centre, with development/creation since 2013. This time, they’re touring to the East Coast of Canada.
Co-created and performed by Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance), Gao Yanjinzi (Artistic Director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company), Qiu Xia He (Silk Road Music), and Sammy Chien (Chimerik 似不像）
Oct 6, 7, 8th, 8pm @ Sir James Dunn Theatre (Live Art Dance), Halifax
Oct 14, 15, 8pm @MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Montreal
Workshop Oct 12 11 am -12:30pm
Oct 21, 12:30pm, 8pm. Oct 22nd, 8pm @ Harbourfront Centre Theatre (DanceWorks)
Made in China is an intimate performance co-created and performed by Chinese-Canadian choreographer Wen Wei Wang, artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company Gao Yanjinzi, musician Qiu Xia He and media artist Sammy Chien. The four artists culled snippets from their memories, heritage, and personal histories—childhood in China, training during the cultural revolution, career paths, inspirations—to form a collective biography that is unapologetically subjective. Made in China gives explosive life to these memories and inquiries through dance, music, storytelling, and multimedia.
Vancouver-based Wen Wei Dance company here creates a generous, inventive production that employs contemporary practices to revive tradition in a visual and choreographic conception that is at once touching, subtle, and breathtaking. Far from having pejorative connotations, then, Made in China conjures the development of a lively and ambitiously artistic culture.
Wen Wei Dance, led by Wen Wei Wang who formed the company after his arrival and successful career launch in Canada, creates startling and provocative works of a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility. The company has produced nine full-length works, garnered numerous awards, and showcased its polymorphic talents internationally, from Shanghai to the Venice Biennale in Italy.
“…by turns surprising and spellbinding…” – Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight
“a visual feast that asks questions about change and loss, new life and what is left behind.” – Nancie Ottem, Review Vancouver
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