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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:55 am 

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Richard Kornberg/Tom D¹Ambrosio <> <>
212 944-9444

To Make Its Joyce Debut with
The New York Premiere of

Featuring music composed and sung by
Choying Drolma

Joyce Season runs September 26 ­ October 1

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Shen Wei Dance Arts will make its Joyce Theater debut September 26 ­ October
1, with the New York premiere of Re-, featuring music composed and sung by
Tibetan nun Choying Drolma. To purchase tickets, please call JoyceCharge at
212-242-0800 or via the internet at The Joyce Theater is
located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) in Chelsea.

Founded in 2000, the New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts is a
critically-acclaimed contemporary dance company imbued with an Asian
aesthetic. For their Joyce debut, the company will present the New York
premiere of Re-, a work for four dancers, based on the spirituality of
Tibet¹s culture, people and land. Re- features music composed and sung by
Choying Drolma, a Tibetan nun who began recording traditional Tibetan songs
and hymns in 1997 and has since released 6 critically acclaimed CD¹s.

The evening also includes Rite of Spring, a piece for 12 dancers that
premiered at the American Dance Festival in 2003. A dazzling conversation
between movement, music and visual images, Rite of Spring is set to Fazil
Say¹s four-hand piano version of the Stravinsky score.


Choreographer, dancer, painter, filmmaker and designer, Shen Wei was born in
Huan, China. He studied Chinese opera from the age of nine. From 1984-1989,
he worked with the Hunan State Xian Opera Company. From 1991-1994, he was an
original member, both dancer and choreographer, of the Guangdong Modern
Dance Company, one of the first modern dance companies in China, appearing
in festivals in Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India. After
receiving a scholarship from the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab, Shen Wei moved to
New York City in 1995.

Prior to forming Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2000, his work was presented at the
American Dance Festival (1995), National Theater of Taiwan (1996), The Place
Theater in London (1997), The Asia Society in New York (1997), Stockholm
Dance House (1999), Brighten Arts Festival (2000), the Edinburgh Festival
Theater (2000), and the Germany Millennium Moves Festival (2000). As a guest
artist, he performed in four works by Martha Clarke.

For the past six years, Shen Wei Dance Arts has toured throughout the United
States and Western Europe, and in Australia, Israel and Singapore. For each
dance and opera work choreographed for his company, Shen Wei also creates
the sets, costumes, and make-up designs. He has received numerous awards
and various commissions worldwide. His paintings have been exhibited in New
York and Hong Kong; a series of paintings created in conjunction with his
ballet Rite of Spring was first exhibited as part of the company¹s New York
debut at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2003.


Choying Drolma, also known as Ani Choying Dolma, was born in 1971 in
Kathmandu <> , Nepal
<> . A Buddhist
<> nun and musician from the Nagi
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nunnery in Tibet <> , she is known in
Nepal and throughout the world for bringing many Tibetan chants and feast
songs to mainstream audiences. In 1994, guitarist Steve Tibbetts
<> visited the nunnery and
eventually recorded much of the Tibetan music with Choying Drolma on two
albums. Tibbetts and Choying Drolma have since embarked on small
performance tours, which have included shows at several historical Tibetan


In addition to the performances, two special events have been programmed in
collaboration with The Joyce¹s Chelsea neighbor, The Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street), a cultural and educational institution dedicated to
the art of the Himalayas.

On Friday, September 22 at 7:30pm, Shen Wei will lead a free walking tour of
the mandalas in the Rubin Museum of Art¹s collection. And on Friday,
September 29, following the company¹s performance at The Joyce, audience
members are invited to meet Shen Wei and the dancers at a special cocktail
party at the Rubin Museum¹s K2 Lounge. Ticket holders to any performance of
Shen Wei Dance Art receive 10% off drinks.


Hailed by The New York Times as ³startlingly imaginative² and widely
acclaimed wherever it performs, Shen Wei Dance Arts is founded upon the
fusion of art forms: dance, theater, Chinese opera, painting, sculpture and
a unique hybridism of Western and Eastern cultures. The result is a
³fascinating fantasy in movement² (Sydney Morning Herald). The company,
established at the American Dance Festival in 2000, made its New York debut
at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2003. Since its inception, it has
performed throughout the United States and internationally. In 2005, Shen
Wei Dance Arts received Australia¹s 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Ballet or
Dance Work and most recently, it was invited to participate in a five-year
partnership with the Kennedy Center.

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Shen Wei Dance Arts will perform September 26 ­ October 1 on the following
schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday ­ Saturday at 8pm, Sunday
at 2pm & 7:30pm. All tickets are $38 ($29 for Joyce Members) and are
available by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or via the internet at The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th

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Leadership support for The Joyce Theater¹s 2006-2007 season has been
received from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Altria Group, Inc. is the 2006-2007 Season Sponsor of The Joyce Theater.

Support towards performances by New York City-based dance companies at The
Joyce has been provided by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation,

The Fall 2006 Season is also made possible, in part, with public funds from
the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts,
which believes that a great nation deserves great art, and the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs. Major season support has been provided by
Carnegie Corporation of New York, First Republic Bank, The Harkness
Foundation for Dance, JPMorgan Chase, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The
Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Starr

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