Top 25 choreographer Wen Wei Wang explores Chinese roots in piece, Made in China
Top 25 choreographer Wen Wei Wang explores Chinese roots in piece, Made in China. Wang gives a distinctive voice to his Chinese-Canadian cultural identity, in the work
Chinese-born, Vancouver-based contemporary dancer and choreographer Wen Wei Wang reflects on his roots in his latest interdisciplinary work, Made in China. An RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant (2013), Wang gives a distinctive voice to his Chinese-Canadian cultural identity, in the work, which tours to Halifax Oct. 6-8, to Montreal Oct. 14-15, and Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of the NextSteps seriesOct. 21-22.
“All my work, comes from my experience growing up,” explains Wang, “But this work is not narrative, and it’s not only about me. It’s about how ‘made in China’ is starting to mean something else. It is about people in China needing art, and producing it.”
Made in China is co-created and performed by Wang and three other artists: Gao Yanjinzi, artistic director of Beijing Modern Dance Company; Qiu Xia He, award-winning classical Chinese musician of Vancouver’s Silk Road Music; and video and sound artist Sammy Chien.Through the collaborators’ respective artistic expressions, this beautifully evocative piece explores the commonalities of their Chinese heritage.
Made in China emerges from the artists’ life stories and shared cultural history. Like a collective biography, the artists explore memories of their childhood in China, the artistic training of the elder three during the Cultural Revolution and the daring paths all of their careers have taken abroad. Through dance, music and storytelling, these formative memories are woven together to create an intimate dialogue that opens a window to another world.