September 23, 2017 @ 7:30PM | September 24, 2017 @ 2PM
Celebrated for its “gorgeous visual imagery” (The London Times) and
“mesmerizing flow of invention” (The Boston Globe), Shen Wei Dance Arts makes its Chicago debut with two masterpieces by MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning
choreographer and visual artist Shen Wei, known for his awe-inspiring
choreography for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Folding conjures up a dreamlike world at once ancient and timeless that draws “gasps of wonder and contemplation” from the audience (San Francisco Chronicle). The groundbreaking Rite of Spring, set to Stravinsky’s famed score, brings the fresh eye of the outsider to this well-known music. Shen jettisons all narrative, responding instead with a highly charged
abstraction. “The visual and emotional impact is overwhelming,” says The New York Times.