Tonight, the joy of dance is back, and it travelled all the way from the other side of the world to join us. The performance was genuine, pristine and moved the audience to tears. Through our work together we can preserve the best fruits of our cultures and societies for future generations.
Wang Wei is an arts educator who serves as vice dean of the Academy of Education and as vice president of the Beijing Dance Academy in China. It was her work with the Beijing Dance Academy that brought her in contact with BYU.
BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre along with a group of cloggers made up the only non-Chinese student troupe to be invited to dance in the “ChunHuaQiuShi 春华秋实” performance week held by the National Center of Performing Arts (NCPA). In November 2013, the dancers made the long trip to China where they performed alongside Wei’s students from the Beijing Dance Academy. With just three days to prepare together, the American and Chinese dancers showed what can happen when people from different cultures reach out to each other.
Wei said that the dancers from BYU brought and energy and joy that had long been absent from Chinese stages. She praised both her own and BYU students for coming together in a performance that moved audiences to tears.
“These excellent institutions are committed to the success of their students,” Wei said. “We hope all of these student participants will use their gifts to express to the world their conviction that beauty and goodness will always overcome the challenges and difficulties of life, and that through our work together we can preserve the best fruits of our cultures and societies for future generations.”