Q&A: Wen Wei Wang talks about celebrating the power of women in Ying Yun

Ying Yun

When: Feb. 19-23, 7 p.m.

Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre

Tickets: From $29, at wenweidance.ca

Eowynn Enquist and Daria Mikhaylyuk are featured dancers in Wen Wei Dance’s Ying Yun at Scotiabank Dance Centre Feb 19-23. Picture credit: Emily Cooper. For 0214 q and a ying [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Eowynn Enquist and Daria Mikhaylyuk in Ying Yun.

Wen Wei Wang’s Ying Yun is the celebrated Vancouver choreographer’s first new work since 2017’s Dialogue. A tribute to his mother, who died four years ago from ovarian cancer, the new piece features an all-female troupe of dancers: Stéphanie Cyr, Eowynn Enquist, Sarah Formosa, Daria Mikhaylyuk, and Eden Solomon.

Postmedia News talked to Wang about Ying Yun, which is part of the Vancouver International Dance Showcase (February 18-21).

Q: This new piece is inspired by your mother. What can you tell us about her?

A: She was a young woman when the Communists took over in China in 1949. Her real name from her parents was Daisy. After she became a school teacher she changed her name to Ying Yun. She was very supportive of me as an artist. I was the youngest, and the only boy. My parents were both school teachers. My father wanted me to become an educator or lawyer or politician, or whatever. I chose to become a dancer. When I was six years old I knew I wanted to dance. My father never saw me dance. He just denied it. So we had a really strained relationship. He passed away two years ago.

But Mom came to Vancouver to see my show. I invited them both and he said, “No, you’re not married, you don’t have family, I’m not coming to see you.” Now I kind of laugh about it. At the time I was sad. I’m sure I hurt him because I didn’t do what he wanted me to do. My mom and I were so close. She gave her life to her family. To lose her was like half the sky falling down. And all the memories came back.

My mom took me to learn how to paint, to play violin. She just wanted us to have our dream, our life. When she was young she wanted to become an actress, to perform onstage in theatre. But her family was poor so she didn’t have

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

      

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