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Shen Wei Dance Arts will perform MAP and more in free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on July 17

Prospect Park Bandshell
Prospect Park West & Ninth St.
Wednesday, July 17, free (suggested donation $3), 7:00

MacArthur Genius Shen Wei has led his New York City–based dance troupe into a wide range of locations since founding Shen Wei Dance Arts in 1995; the company has performed at the Park Avenue Armory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Venice Biennale, and the Collezione Maramotti gallery in Italy, and the Chinese-born Shen was the lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On July 17, SWDA will take the stage at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the annual free Celebrate Brooklyn! festival. The company will perform the 2005 piece Map, a physically aggressive work about inner and outer movement, set to Steve Reich’s “The Desert Music” and featuring choreography, costumes, visual design, and set design by the multidisciplinary Shen. Also on the program is the “Zero-12” solo from last year’s Collective Measures, a physically aggressive work about isolation, set to music by Daniel Burke, with video projections by Shen, who designed the costumes with Austin Scarlett and the lighting with Matthew F. Lewandowski II. Shen’s works are always beautifully elegant, with stark, stunning costumes, intelligent music choices, and lovely movement vocabulary filled with unexpected treats, as evidenced by such presentations as Folding, Still Moving, Behind Resonance, and Rite of Spring.

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