Chinese dance show at WSCC

The Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series at Washington State Community College will continue with the program “Yu Wei – An Evening of Solo Chinese Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Graham Auditorium on the WSCC campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Advance seat pass reservations can be made by calling or emailing Tanya Wilder at 374-8716 or twilder@wscc.edu.

Yu Wei has danced since she was a young child, perfecting her skills over the entirety of her life. That dedication has culminated in recognition from all over the world. While she is classically trained in Chinese dance, her fluid movements transcend borders and stun audiences.

Yu Wei has been in the United States since moving to Philadelphia in February 2000. During her time in the U.S., she has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Manhattan Center in New York City. She was also selected to perform for Philadelphia’s Musicopia and the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.

Wilder, Director of the Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series, said Yu Wei “tells her story through dance.”

She is able to combine Chinese traditional and folk dance with elements of western ballet and modern dance, pairing those aspects with short films to create a dynamic performance that holds a great artistic power over the audience.

Yu Wei takes elements of nature and uses them to form the basis of the different segments throughout her performance, Wilder said. Seeing this not only as a form of expression, but also as a way to bring cultures together, she said.

“I want to share my knowledge and experience of dance with other people, and bring the difference and richness of Chinese dance art to the western world,” according to Yu Wei.