Wen Wei Dance
Two | Wen Wei Dance
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre
Choreographed by Wen Wei Wang in collaboration with the performers, TWO is a reflection on the nuances of human connection. The recent period of prolonged social distance stretched and twisted the fabric of relationships, while uniting the community in our experience. The duet is a dialogue between the dancers — longing for closeness and connection that overcomes division. The movements convey deeply relatable feelings, while highlighting the resilient nature of humanity. As the whole planet slowed, in many ways the pandemic was a metaphor for life, or at least of some of its manifestations: the unknown, love, loss, friendship, identity, fear and distance.
Choreographer | Creator| Director: Wen Wei Wang
Composer: Stefan Nazarevich
Performers: Justin Calvadores, Calder White
Producer: Wen Wei Dance
Cinematographer: Daria Mikhaylyuk
Additional Credits: Wen Wei Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support from our funders:
Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and City of Vancouver Cultural Services.
A special thanks to Simon Fraser University Woodward’s Cultural Programs.
Wen Wei Dance
Wen Wei Dance’s work reflects a multiplicity of dance and social experiences. Each creation is influenced by the evolution of personal identity, and strives to reflect the underlying experience of social, cultural and personal development. Wen Wei Dance creates provocative performances of a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility. With a highly individual style, Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang fuses precise choreography with stunning visual design and music, turning each work into a rich and unique world.
Since 2003 the company has created a repertoire of full-length works including Ying Yun, Dialogue, Made in China, 7th Sense, Cock-Pit (Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award winner), Under the Skin (co-created with the Beijing Modern Dance Company), Three Sixty Five, Unbound (Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography winner), One Man’s, and Tao. Wen Wei Dance has performed these acclaimed works across Canada and at festivals around the world, including Canada Dance Festival, International Contemporary Dance Festival in Colombia, and the Venice Biennale in Italy.
Wen Wei Wang
Wen Wei Wang began dancing at an early age in China, where he was born and raised. He trained and danced professionally with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he came to Canada and joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, followed by seven years dancing with Ballet BC. In 2000, he received the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and since then has choreographed for the Alberta Ballet, Ballet BC, Ballet Jorgen, North West Dance Projects, the Vancouver and San Francisco Operas, and Ballet Jazz de Montreal. Wang received the 2006 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography, the 2009 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, the 2013 Chrystal Dance Prize, and a 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award.
In 2003, he founded Wen Wei Dance and has since choreographed eleven full-length works for the company.
Wen Wei Wang is an Associate Dance Artist of the National Arts Centre and since 2018, Artistic Director of Ballet Edmonton.
Justin Calvadores (they/them) is a second generation Filipinx-Canadian freelance dance artist based in Vancouver BC, the lands of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations. They are a graduate of the Arts Umbrella Dance program. In 2017/18 they apprenticed for Ballet BC under the directorship of Emily Molnar and in 2019 joined Ballet Edmonton under the leadership of Wen Wei Wang and Karissa Berry. They have worked with companies such as Dumb Instrument Dance, Mile Zero Dance, Inverso Productions, Wen Wei Dance and FakeKnot. Justin’s own work centres around their queerness and identity as a second generation Filipinx-Canadian. They are grateful for dance as a catalyst for enriching their perception of the world and are motivated by the practice of embodied dance and self determination.
Calder White is a freelance dance artist based between Vancouver and Toronto. Calder grew up in the Niagara Region where he studied competitive dance for eight years before joining Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre from 2011-2014. He has originated roles in work by Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art), Sylvie Bouchard (BouchardDanse), Colin Connor(José Limón Dance Foundation), Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre), and Alexander Whitley (Alexander Whitley Dance Company). Calder holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, where he was fortunate to study under Bebe Miller, Crystal Perkins, and Eddie Taketa, while also choreographing and presenting his own work in and around Columbus, Ohio. His choreographic interests lay in story-telling, memory-making, and the effects of video documentation on self-image. Calder is currently a company member with Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art (Vancouver) and Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto).