Society for the Performing Arts presents Shen Wei Dance Arts

Photo by Christy Pessagno

The New York City-based Shen Wei Dance Arts is devoted to the creation of innovative dance forms for the 21st century. A seamless fusion of Chinese opera, painting, dance and music with Western performance arts, Shen Wei's works are "visual feasts" (The New York Sun) that transfix audiences.

The company will perform two of its most celebrated works: Rite of Spring (2003), coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's famed musical composition; and Folding (2000), a highly stylized piece performed to the music of John Tavener and Tibetan Buddhist chants.

Chinese-born Shen Wei, who founded his company in 2000, was the lead choreographer for the stunning segment titled Scroll during the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing — featuring 16,000 performers right in the heart of The Bird's Nest. He has been widely celebrated for his sophisticated choreography, lighting designs and minimalist costumes, recognized for his abstract paintings and, most recently, for his work in film.



Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002


$45 - $90
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