Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts has selected two recipients for its second annual Meadows Prize arts residency. The winners are hip-hop playwright and performer Will Power and choreographer Shen Wei.
They each get a $25,000 stipend to support a four-to-eight-week residency in Dallas. According to the news release, they will "interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and collaborating arts organizations, and to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas, such as a work of art that remains in the community, a composition or piece of dramatic writing that would be performed locally, or a new way of teaching in a particular discipline."
For Power, he's planning to write and/or develop a theater piece for the Dallas Theater Center, possibly for DTC's 2012-'13 season, and more. From the SMU news release:
A veteran of theatre, film and television, Will Power has won multiple awards for his work, which bridges the gap between the spoken word of hip-hop and traditional theatre. Power’s work in Dallas will be a partnership between the Meadows School of the Arts and the Dallas Theater Center. He will be in Dallas for two periods of residency—three weeks each—in 2011. During his residency he will lead workshops for Meadows theatre students, for DTC’s resident acting company and for local high school students.
As for Shen Wei:
Shen Wei is an acclaimed choreographer, director, dancer, painter and designer whose many honors include the MacArthur “Genius” Award. As the artistic director of New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts, he is widely recognized for his defining vision of an intercultural, interdisciplinary and original mode of movement-based performance. Shen Wei’s works use visual and storytelling elements from the theater, Chinese opera, and traditional and contemporary art to create what one reviewer called “a fascinating fantasy in movement.” For each work created with his company, Shen Wei also develops the sets, costumes and make-up designs. Shen Wei’s residency in Dallas will take place over winter-spring 2012. It will include a new work choreographed for SMU dance students, to be presented at their 2012 Spring Dance Concert. In addition, the Meadows School has partnered with TITAS, which plans to present Shen Wei Dance Arts in concert at the Winspear Opera House in early 2012.