Shen Wei Dance Arts

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Michael Popkin reviews Shen Wei Dance Arts in “Rite of Spring,” “Folding,” and “Undivided Divided” at Park Avenue Armory (NYC) for danceviewtimes.

Shen Wei’s Armory show combined dance with installation and performance art within the spectrum of New York’s trendy contemporary art scene. The three works in different genres - modern dance, multi-cultural spectacle and finally an installation of semi-nude dancers that had the audience wandering among the performers – were as diverse as what you’ll see in the downtown galleries, but were compromised by exactly the major weakness of those shows – the facile substitution of clever ideas for creativity. Shen is a talented dance-maker and dramatist but dance and drama need to be meaningful in order to be good.

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