Choreographer/s | Wen Wei Wang and Francesca Lettieri

  Name of piece | Barocco Rave

  Venue | Firehall Arts Centre


BAROCCO RAVE is composed of juxtaposing halves, continuing a compelling creative relationship between Wen Wei Dance (Canada) and Compagnia ADARTE (Italy).

The idea that moves the work is the deepest invisible connection in between individuals. A deep emotional sensitivity that is written and expressed in the bodies of the dancers inspiring new worlds and new perceptions.

"I am not just a woman or just a man, I am at the same time many women and many men, many places, animals, cities, countries, families, memories, emotions, objects and people. I am talking about realities that I know, but also about unknown and unexplored worlds opening new landscapes to my own imagination and revealing new identities of the past, of the present and of the future”
—Francesca Lettieri (Compagnia ADARTE)

Created in collaboration with the dancers, RE | BUILD | US explores a complex set of emotions and experiences related to human relationships through physical movement.

“There is tension between the internal world and external triggers that lie beyond. When everything has burned to the ground, how do we choose to rebuild ourselves?”
—Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance)

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance) & Francesca Lettieri (ADARTE Company)

Costume Design: Linda Chow

Lighting Design: Jonathan Kim

Sound Design: Sammy Chien

Dancer: Ariana Barr

Dancer: Alexis Fletcher

Dancer: Adrian De Leeuw

Dancer: Matthew Wyllie

Stage Manager: Siobhan Powell

Ariana Barr
Raised in Victoria, BC, Ariana began her ballet training at the Pacific Dance Centre. She went on to study nationally and internationally, with the Nederlands Dans Theater, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, the Arts Umbrella Graduate Program and the Performance Research Project. Throughout her training, Ariana has had the pleasure of performing works by Rachel McNamee, Sharon Eyal, Marie Chouinard, Crystal Pite, Mats Ek, Aszure Barton and Fernando Hernando Magadan, amongst others.

During her career, Ariana has performed with Vancouver-based companies such as Inverso Productions, Vision Impure and Joshua Beamish/MOVE THE COMPANY. Ariana then went on to Alberta where she has been dancing as a proud member of Ballet Edmonton for the past five seasons under the artistic direction of Wen Wei Wang.

Alexis Fletcher
A dance artist, creator, and producer, I have danced with Ballet BC for 14 years and subsequently have been a guest artist and Artist in Residence. Now independent, I hold the position of Artist in Residence at Vancouver’s Chutzpah! Festival. My creations have been supported by Dance Victoria, Ballet BC, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Presentation House Theatre, New Works, Vernon Performing Arts Centre, The Gordon Smith Foundation, Dancing on the Edge, InFrinGing Festival, and Shadbolt Centre. As a freelancer, I am currently dancing with Re:Naissance Opera, zoe | juniper, and am thrilled to be back with Wen Wei Dance.

As a producer, I have co-created an outdoor, site-specific multidisciplinary performance space and series with my husband, Sylvain Senez, at our home in Vancouver, called The Dance Deck.

I am fascinated by how exploring the movement potential of the human body becomes a way of accessing the inner landscapes of our spirits and psyches, and this is the primary motivation behind my physical practice and choreographic interests. I believe that dance is a unique vehicle with which to share, research, and discuss our humanity, and a powerful and distinct tool for communication and connection.

Adrian De Leeuw
Adrian de Leeuw is a member of Ballet Edmonton under the artistic leadership of Wen Wei Wang. Before joining Ballet Edmonton in 2021, Adrian trained at the Victoria Academy of Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. Adrian has participated in creations with Andrea Pena, Shay Keubler, Wen Wei Wang, Ihsan Rustem, Dorotea Saykaly, Diego Ramalho and a collaboration with Ian Cusson and the Victoria Symphony orchestra. As a freelance Artist, Adrian has performed with Vanessa Goodman’s Action at a Distance, Gioconda Barbuto and Ballet BC as a guest artist. Adrian collaborated with Mika Manning and Madeleine Gilbert to create ‘i know you know’, a live-streamed dance-for-film for VIDF in 2022 and ‘STALEMATE’, a dance-for-film for the Dance Centre’s Digital Dance: Micro-commissions.'

Matthew Wyllie
Matthew Wyllie is a dancer and musician from Vancouver, BC where he graduated from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance program. After graduation, Matthew started his career freelancing and training in the Vancouver dance scene where he had the opportunity to dance with companies such as Mascall Dance, Move the Company, Kinesis Dance, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien, Vision Impure, Emmalena Fredriksson, Vancouver Opera, and Wen Wei Dance. He has since joined Ballet Edmonton under the direction of Wen Wei Wang. Matthew loves the creative process. He finds it both exciting and nerve-wracking, it requires risk and trust, it can surprise you, your mind needs to be present, and your body always needs to be listening.

Co-produced by Wen Wei Dance and ADARTE Company, with the support of the Canada Council for Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Tuscany Region Cultural Department, Italian Ministry of Culture—Moving Barocco program, Ballo Pubblico—International Festival In Urban Spaces, Fondazione E.L.S.A., and the Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program. In collaboration with Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

Website: www.wenweidance.ca

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July 6th @ 7:00 PM

July 7th @ 9:00 PM

Approx. Running Time: 1 hour

Credit: Wen Wei Wang
Credit: Wen Wei Wang
Credit: Wen Wei Wang
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