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Shen Wei: An Evening of Conversation and Performance
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Shen Wei, in conversation with Suzanne Carbonneau; performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts
Tue, March 3rd, 2015 | 7:00 pm
(Members $24)


In the inaugural event of Shen Wei Dance Arts’ 15th Season, Shen Wei discusses his innovative choreography and artistic process with dance critic and historian Suzanne Carbonneau, recounting his journey from Hunan to performing at the world's leading venues, opera, and ballet companies. Live performances include selections from Folding, which won an NEA American Masterpiece Award, and excerpts from the new Untitled 12-1, which premiered at Art Basel/Miami Beach in December 2014. The evening will include video clips, as well as images from Shen Wei’s work in the visual arts.

Shen Wei is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, designer, and artist internationally renowned for the breadth and scope of his artistic vision. Hailed as “one of the great artists of our time” (The Washington Times), he is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the U.S. Artists Fellow Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The lead choreographer of the Beijing Olympics, his works have been seen at leading venues worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Sadler’s Wells, Teatro di San Carlo, and the Mariinsky Theatre. Suzanne Carbonneau is an essayist, dance critic, and historian whose writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other publications. She is Director of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance, critic-in-residence for the American Dance Festival, scholar-in-residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival, and Professor at George Mason University. She lectures and writes about dance for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other presenters across the United States.

Co-presented by U.S.-China Cultural Institute, cultural associate of the Committee of 100.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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