Miami – In collaboration with MDC Live Arts, New World School of the Arts' Make Art Work (MAW) lecture series launches it's fifth season with MacArthur Award-winning choreographer/visual artist Shen Wei. The illustrious artist will share the stage with Charles L. Reinhart, Director of the American Dance Festival 1968-2011 in an exploratory conversation where Wei will reveal his life as a choreographer, highlighting his impeccable ability to merge both art forms to create his extraordinary choreographic performances. The discussion will illuminate Shen Wei’s working process and will be open to the audience for questions and feedback.
MAW’s “She Wei, in conversation with Charles L. Reinhart” takes place on Wednesday, December 3; 9 AM – 10 AM at the NWSA 8th Floor Theater. Miami Dade College, Building #5. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. The MAW lecture is free and open to the public.
Mary Lisa Burns, Dean of Dance at New World School of the Arts commented, “It is an honor for us to present Shen Wei in conversation with Charles L. Reinhart and to hear their perspectives on the creation of dance works in the 21st century. Shen Wei has truly forged a new path as an artist and choreographer and Mr. Reinhart brings his many years of supporting the training and work of generations of dancers and choreographers. For students and art-lovers alike, this discussion will provide unique insights into the world of contemporary choreography.”
Shen Wei, a choreographer, director, dancer, painter, and designer, is internationally renowned for the breadth and scope of his artistic vision. He is perhaps best recognized as the lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which earned acclaim worldwide. The Washington Times has called Shen Wei, “One of the great artists of our time,” and The New York Times proclaimed, “If there is something to write home about in the dance world, it is the startlingly imaginative work of the Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei.”
Charles L. Reinhart served as Director of the American Dance Festival from 1968 until his retirement in 2011. During his 43-year tenure, he transformed the festival into an international destination for modern dance. He developed international linkages with dance artists and educators across the world, supported emerging and experienced choreographers in the commissioning of new works, and created a home for the continued development of the art form, always with the support of the artist at the forefront of his mission.
Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) and MDC Live Arts will then present Shen Wei - In Black, White and Gray, the complete series of groundbreaking paintings unveiled for the first time in the U.S. with never-before-seen choreography by the award-winning artist. Five public performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts will coincide with the exhibition opening from Friday, December 5 to Sunday, December 7 during Art Basel Miami Beach week at MDC’s Historic Freedom Tower (Downtown Miami). The exhibition of his paintings will remain on view at the museum through February 1, 2015. Both the exhibit and performances are free and open to the public.
In its fifth year, Make Art Work is designed to bring professionals in the art world together with students and the community for a dialogue on the business of art. The series will focus on providing tools, guidance and strategies for success to the next generation of artists and will expand understanding of what it takes to live as an artist in the twenty-first century. Each talk includes a question and answer session, allowing students and the public opportunities for direct communication with leaders in the art world.
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Further information available by calling NWSA at (305) 237-3582 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.