Kathleen Jewett joined Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2005. As a company member, teacher, rehearsal director and teaching artist, she has conducted master classes at various venues and performed all over Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S. Her own works have been performed at DeSales University, Ur, Bushwick Star, the United Nations, Park Avenue Armory, Milan, the Fabbrica Europa and Performatica festivals. Named Director of Education and Outreach for Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2008, she created a dance in education program for New York City Schools. Kate has been Rehearsal Director for Shen Wei Dance Arts since January 2009. Her latest endeavor is the creation of Watusi Regime, a series that brings together dance, art and music at the Park Ave. Armory.
About Shen Wei Dance Arts:
Hailed by the New York Times as “startlingly imaginative”, Shen Wei Dance Arts (SWDA) creates interdisciplinary, cross-cultural performance for forward-looking audiences. Each work by Artistic Director Shen Wei develops an original dance vocabulary incorporating visual and storytelling elements from the theater, Chinese opera, Eastern philosophy, traditional and contemporary visual art, and sculpture. The result, at turns figurative and abstract, combines performance with strong scenic elements to create a “fascinating fantasy in movement” (Sydney Herald Sun).
For its work, SWDA has been recognized worldwide. In 2008, Shen Wei and the company were commissioned by the Beijing Organizing Committee to develop material for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on August 8, 2008.
Shen Wei at The Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony