On June 6, 2011, Shen Wei Dance Arts performed in The Charles Engelhard Court as part of the Concerts & Lectures Department's Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Series. Shen Wei is an award-winning choreographer, painter, designer, and photographer known for his dramatic choreography of the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
For the first time in its history, The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a performance of a dance work choreographed specifically for—and presented in—one of its galleries. Shen Wei has created a piece inspired by The Charles Engelhard Court in The American Wing and the sculptures displayed within. His unique dance technique and aesthetic embody his training as a painter and Chinese opera performer, blending elements from both worlds in an innovative and visually stunning way.
A reception with Shen Wei and dancers in the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing followed the performance.
Above: Photo by Lois Greenfield