The Firehall Arts Centre
Made In China
created and performed by Sammy Chien, Qiu Xia He, Wen Wei Wang and Gao Yanjinzi

Dates and Venue February 18 - 21, 2015 at 8pm | The Firehall Arts Centre

Choreography Gao Yanjnzi, Wen Wei Wang Music Sammy Chien, Qiu Xia He Video Design Sammy Chien Lighting Jonathan Kim Dramaturgy Donna Spencer

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

The layering of movement, sound and colour came together at the Firehall Arts Centre last night for Wen Wei Dance’s Made In China. This is a powerful piece which celebrates Wang’s Chinese heritage. He was joined by three artists who collaborated with Wang in the creation of the dance. Sammy Chien , music and video design, Qiu Xia He, music and Gao Yanjinzi, cheography came on stage with Wang before the dance began to give the audience an introduction into their talents and so the audience could learn of the inspiration behind Wen Wei’s launch into the world of dance.

Symbolism is an integral part of Made In China. It is woven into the fabric of the dance and acts as a stimulus for the duality of feelings Wang is exploring through dance. It has been said that one can take the man out of the country but not the country out of the man. In Made In China Wang is returning to his roots. He dances the inspiration that started his career, enveloping himself in white netting. The light fades on Wang allowing Gao Yanjinzi to begin her hauntingly beautiful movements against a backdrop of her shadows. Sammy Chien and Qiu Xia He work their magic with the sounds and imagery they create. It is mesmerizing and very powerful. The interaction of the talents of these four artists gives Made In China a rhythm and flow that carries the 60 minute piece to completion.

The artistry of images, the brushwork of colour, the creative lighting and backdrop of sound and music add a dynamic to Made In China that challenges the audience to search for meaning . It is a visual feast that asks questions about change and loss, new life and what is left behind.

© 2015 Nancie Ottem