Date:   8/9/2008

Yu Wei – Chinese Culture and History through Dance as part of August is Arts Month

The Thrasher Opera House is excited to be bringing Chinese choreographer and dancer, Yu Wei, honored in China as the “Daughter of Dance”, to Green Lake on Saturday August 16 for two performances: an educational workshop at 2 p.m., and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m., titled Chinese Culture and History through Dance.  In conjunction with the afternoon educational workshop, families are invited to take part in Green Lake’s 4th Annual Chalk Art Fest, featuring Chinese Art and the Olympic Games.  Chalk Art Fest is part of August is Arts Month; a month-long community arts celebration. 

Inspired by the synergy between dance, poetry and music that flourished in Tang Dynasty China over 1200 years ago; the accomplished choreographer-dancer presents a multi-media performance of captivating dance visions that provide a feeling of the unforgettable and timeless beauty of China.

 

The 45-minute, 2:00 p.m. educational workshop will highlight the Chinese culture through interpretive dance techniques.  Yu Wei will meet and greet children in Chinese, introduce China on the map, and will then perform two Chinese dances.  Two short films about Chinese folk and classical dance will be presented and discussed.  Yu Wei will demonstrate dance costumes, headdresses, fans, and parasols.  She will show how these pieces are important parts of the dance art, and will allow children to take a closer look.  She will introduce traditional Chinese etiquette through the ancient story of ‘Choosing the Pear’, a legendary model of consideration and thoughtfulness for others taught to generations of young Chinese.  Yu Wei will end with teaching Chinese dance movements and time for questions and answers.

 

The 90-minute, 7:30 p.m. performance will be a multi-media performance featuring two alternating elements: eight films and seven dances.  Each dance in the collection has a film counterpart depicting the dances’ cultural and artistic background, and showing behind the scenes glimpses of dances being created.  Yu Wei has succeeded in mastering the most difficult solo dance form to create works of unique beauty and strong artistic power.  The Yu Wei Dance Collection was performed at the National Palace Theater in Beijing and has been broadcast on China Centre Television and performed for the National Dancer’s Association Convention. 

 

The 4th Annual Chalk Art Fest brings novice and professional artists of all ages together to create masterpieces in a 4x4 foot square on the streets of Green Lake in front of the opera house using only colored chalk.  The Thrasher will encourage artists of every level to incorporate Chinese art and/or artwork depicting the Summer Olympics events, which are being held in China during this time of the year.  Winners in each of the three age categories, including the professional artist category, will win two tickets to Yu Wei’s Chinese dance performance later that evening. Other activities during the day will include face painting, food & refreshments, and more.  For information about Chalk Art Fest, please call 800-253-7354.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional sponsorship from the Oshkosh Community Foundation, the Green Lake Bank, and Alliance Laundry Systems. 

 

Tickets for the 2:00 p.m. educational workshop are $5 per person, or a family price of $20 (which ever is less).  Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $18 per person and all can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

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