Award-winning Chinese dancer Yu Wei forms her solo dances around nature. Her program includes â€œBird,â€ â€œMoon,â€ â€œSnowâ€ and â€œSmokeâ€ as well as â€œLotus,â€ a dance in which Wei shapes her body like a flower blooming.
â€œSheâ€™s like a contortionist,â€ said Rick Ramseur, president of the Lincoln County Concert Association. â€œWe were blown away by the DVD presentation.â€
Wei perform Thursday at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.
The performance includes traditional, folk, ballet and modern dance. Wei has had a long career in China performing as a solo artist with top companies.
She now lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Jared Martin, better known as â€œLusty Dustyâ€ from the â€™80s television show â€œDallas.â€
Martin and fellow filmmakers Geoffrey Richman and Jeremiah Zagar created interval films to go along with Weiâ€™s performance.
Between each dance, the documentary shorts will explain the cultural background of the dances.
These films also give Wei a chance to change costumes for each of her dances.
â€œWe think itâ€™s going to be an educational as well as artistic event,â€ Ramseur said.
The program will be performed Thursday afternoon for students at Pumpkin Center Middle School who are studying China. It is sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank.
â€œI think itâ€™s important for students to see Western dance is no the only kind,â€ Ramseur said.
Weiâ€™s performance closes out the Concert Associationâ€™s 2006-07 season, which Ramseur deems a success.
â€œOverall, Iâ€™ve been pleased,â€ he said.
The association is currently doing its membership drive. The first performance of the 2007-08 season will take place in October.
An adult membership is $40 for the season, which is up $5 from last year. For those who sign up for a membership before April 15, however, the cost is $35.
For more information on the Lincoln County Concert Association or to sign up for a membership call (704) 735-7287 or mail checks payable to LCCA to LCCA, 228 Stanford Road, #175; Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
Want to go? Yu Wei will be performing at the Lincoln Cultural Center Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information call (704) 735-7287.
by Sarah Grano