Shen Wei is a phenomenon. The multi-award winning Sino-American choreographer, director, dancer, painter, designer and photographer leapt to local and international prominence with his first piece for the American Dance Festival in 1995. Since then, he has worked all over the world creating, among the rest, a dance piece for the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Shen is coming to Israel for the Bridge-Choreographic Dialogue summer workshop from August 2-14 at Suzanne Dellal, where he will teach the first track - students who have been working as professional choreographers for five or more years.
The second track for dancers with at least three years' experience offers repertory with workshop artistic director and choreographer Barak Marshall, while the third track offers dance instruction to students 18 and over.
Other instructors include Mate Muray and Jay Augen teaching classical ballet, Sheetal Ghandi and Jackelyn Lopez, both from the US, offering Indian dance and hip-hop, respectively, and Naomi Perlov who will teach modern dance.
The course costs NIS 1,100 to work with Shen,
NIS 650 for Marshall's classes and NIS 65 per class for the rest. With classes from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., it's going to be a busy 10 days. The workshop is a Tel Aviv- Los Angeles cooperation project with help from, among others, UCLA and the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.