Wen Wei Dance

Dialogue is a piece for five men that explores themes of contact, communication and language – both spoken and unspoken. Underlying our learned ability to speak language, there is a fundamental urge to communicate. Drawing on Wen Wei Wang’s personal experience as a non-English speaking immigrant to Canada, Dialogue explores the basic desire to be understood, and the loneliness when one does not achieve those rare honest connections with others. Dialogue strives to break down the sophisticated and artificial systems of language and technology to examine the universality of communication and of our collective experience.


Wen Wei Dance’s work reflects a multiplicity of dance and social experiences. Each creation is influenced by a natural evolution of personal identity, and strives to reflect the underlying experience of social, cultural and personal development. Wen Wei Dance creates startling and provocative performance works of a distinctive trans-cultural sensibility. With an original and highly individual style, Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang fuses precise and subtle choreography with stunning visual design and music, turning each work into a rich and unique world.

Since the company’s founding in 2003, it has created ten full-length works including: Dialogue (2017), Made in China (2015), 7th Sense (2013), Under the Skin (2010); Cock-Pit (2009, winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award); Three Sixty Five (2007); Unbound (2006, winner of the Isadora Awards for Excellence in Choreography and Performance); One Man’s (2005); and Tao (2004).

Wen Wei Wang

Performers: Dario Dinuzzi, Ralph Escamillan, Andrew Haydock, Arash Khakpour, Tyler Layton-Olson, Alex Tam

Lighting design: James Proudfoot

Costumes: Linda Chow

Sound Designer: Stefan Seslija

Outreach activities surrounding the presentations of piece includes workshops and artists’ talks.

The analysis of linguistic barriers is a cause for reflection about community relationships and integration: Wen Wei strives to develop a series of workshops for participants coming from immigrant communities and speaking different mother tongues.

Choreographer Wen Wei Wang, himself an immigrant to Canada, plans to investigate a new movement vocabulary inspired by the physical expressions of emotion: he is interested in exploring the instinctual and universal physical response.

  • Title of Work: Dialogue
  • Premiere Date and Venue/Location: May 25, 2017, Faris Theatre at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC
  • This project is a: Full Length work (Mainstage, General Audience)
  • Length in Minutes (including intermission): 65 minutes
  • Is there an intermission: No
  • Number of Performers on Tour: 6
  • Number of Support Staff on Tour: 3
  • Per-Performance Fee Range: more than $5000
  • Available to Tour (Season): 2018/19 Season, 2019/20 Season

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Stage: performance space 40ft wide x 30ft deep (or reasonably similar)

Lighting: programmable lighting console.
(*) Lighting plot to be provided upon receipt of venue specs.

Sound: mixer, stereo playback, and stage monitors.
Stereo input for laptop playback (show played from Qlab file).

Contact Information/Coordonnées

Company Name / Nom de la compagnie
WenWei Dance
Address / Adresse
104- 336 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5T 4R6
Indigenous Territory
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh
Contact Person / Personne-ressource
Francesca Piscopo (Eponymous)
Phone / Téléphone
604 683 6552
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