'Rite of Spring': Fresh take on a classic

The Park Ave. Armory presents the Shen Wei Dance Arts performing in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall on November 28, 2011. The evening-length program includes the restaging of two of Shen Wei’s most celebrated works: Rite of Spring (2003), a study of deliberate versus reflexive movement set to Igor Stravinsky’s intricate music; and Folding (2000), which combines highly stylized movement with the ethereal melodies of John Tavener and traditional Tibetan Buddhist chants. The evening will culminate with Undivided Divided, which will take over the entire drill hall. Rite of Spring Premiered: 2003 (American Dance Festival) Choreography, Sets, and Costumes: Shen Wei Music: Igor Stravinsky (Four-hand piano version recorded by Fazil Say) Lighting: Jennifer Tipton Folding Premiered: 2000 (originally created for China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company) Choreography, Set, Costume, and Make Up: Shen Wei Music: John Tavener and Tibetan Buddhist Chants Lighting: Jennifer Tipton Undivided Divided (world premiere) Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory Concept, choreography and set design: Shen Wei Original score: S? Percussion Lighting: Jennifer Tipton Video design and animation: Josh Horowitz, Layne Braunstein, and Blair Neal Costume design: Austin Scarlett Sound design: Lawson White Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The evening-length program will also include the restaging of two of Shen Wei’s most celebrated works: Rite of Spring (2003), a study of deliberate versus reflexive movement set to Igor Stravinsky’s intricate music; and Folding (2000), which combines highly stylized movement with the ethereal melodies of John Tavener and traditional Tibetan Buddhist chants. The evening will culminate with Undivided Divided, which will take over the entire drill hall. Credit: Stephanie Berger