Of this season's American Dance Festival artists, whose work would be most appropriate for an art museum? Obvious answer: Shen Wei. In giving his performers' bodies the appearance of marble, the choreographer has unambiguously looked for common ground between classical sculpture and contemporary dance. Moreover, through both conventional and unorthodox use of visual art, Shen has sought to transfer the kinetic energy of dance into abstract paintings created during performances and instill in movement and tableau the eerie tranquility of the choreographer's painted landscapes.
In Undivided Divide Shen will array his performers in a number of locations among the exhibits in the museum's West Building, encouraging audiences to roam and consider the continuum of live work, installations, sculpture and paintings. At press time, the 7 p.m. shows on Wednesday and Thursday were sold out, but tickets remain for the 9 p.m. showings both nights. —Byron Woods