Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shen Wei Master of Ceremonies

I just heard an interview with Shen Wei the guy who did the choreography for the impressive Olympic opening ceremony. He is a Chinese choreographer, director, dancer, painter and designer.

Shen Wei was born in a rural village of Hunan, China in 1968. Son of Chinese opera professionals, he left home at the age of nine to study the form. In 1991, he became a founding member—dancer and choreographer—of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first like it in China. Upon receiving a scholarship he moved to New York City in 1995. He is actually a naturalized American citizen which is so interesting.

You can hear the interview on The Story and see Shen Wei's website here.

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