Adrift In a Terrible World

Shen Wei Dance Arts

Shen Wei, the Chinese-born American choreographer, brought his modern dance company to MASS MoCA last weekend for a lesson on isolation and anxiety.

Among the startling, often disturbing passages was a solo in “Collective Measures” in which a young woman, accompanied by a single repeated measure of electronic sound, squirmed about on a square of paper, and rose, bloodied, it seemed, by red and blue and black paint. As she stood apart, two men displayed the canvas she had smeared with her body.

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