11110 104 Ave NW
May 3 & 4, 2024
Connor began his dance training at North Shore Academy of Dancing at age six. In his early teens, he attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer intensive and was accepted into Pro Arte Dance’s training program under the direction of Beverly Bagg and Stephana Arnold. In his second year at the Arts Umbrella Post Graduate Program, Connor was asked to join the Ballet BC pilot program under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Medhi Walerski. Connor has had the privilege of performing works by world-renowned choreographers Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, David Raymond, Victor Quijada, Ethan Colangelo, Lesley Telford, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sharon Eyal and Marco Goecke.
Connor joined Ballet Edmonton in 2021 and is exploring his choreographic voice under the mentorship of Wen Wei Wang.
Wen Wei Wang began dancing professionally in China in 1978. In 1991 he came to Canada to join the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, followed by positions with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Ballet BC. In 2000 Wen Wei received the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and the Rio Tinto Alcan and Isadora Awards for Choreography and soon after formed his own company, Wen Wei Dance. Wen Wei Dance has presented his work across Canada, Columbia, Italy, China and South America.
Wen Wei has choreographed eleven full-length works for his Vancouver-based company Wen Wei Dance and created original works for Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jőrgen, Ballet BC, Ballet Kelowna, North West Dance Projects, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Arts Umbrella and Simon Fraser University. He has also choreographed the dance sections for the Vancouver Opera and the San Francisco Opera for their piece Nixon in China. In 2013, Wen Wei was awarded the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award and recently worked with the China National Centre for the Performing Arts for its production of Hamlet. Wen Wei assumed the role of Artistic Director of Ballet Edmonton in 2018.
Choreographer: Wen Wei Wang