Shen Wei Dance Arts
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House
October 7, 2016
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman
Entering any Shen Wei work involves embracing some edge of dream state, a liminal spot at the edge of conscious- ness. The Samuel Beckett poem that served as inspiration, libretto, and set design for ”Neither” lives just in that borderline place – “from inner to outer shadow.” Eleven dancers, dressed in shades between white and black, moved on a cerebral gray stage set, where nine arches were lightly etched, and – in fact – did sometimes open, to admit or release a dancer, and to pour an occasional flood of light into the space. Finding a way in, and a way home, was the audience's challenge, as Shen Wei offered hints and puzzles.
Shen Wei Dance Arts Cast in "Neither." Photo © Stephanie Berger