Wéi (成为)

Produced by tiger princess dance projects

July  28-31, 2022 
Aki Studio


Wéi is a contemporary dance quintet created by Yvonne Ng, featuring Morgyn Aronyk-Schell, Johanna Bergfelt, Irvin Chow, Mairead Filgate and Kathia Wittenborn. 

成为 – chéng wéi means “to become” in Mandarin. To connect. It’s also a play on the homograph, as wèi also means why. This work explores how a group can ‘write’ a cohesive story together on stage which begins with two questions: What makes us who we are? When do we become us? These led to other inquiries – Is it memory (biological) or is it imitation (experience) or is it all preordained and our fate is set? Or perhaps it is about group dynamics and as we work and play the political dynamic is what gives us direction and makes us who we are. How do we connect? How do we know when we’ve made connection? That leads to the next question of when do we become us? These inquiries and process shaped the creation of Wéi and is embodied in dance. 
Concept and creation by Yvonne Ng, in collaboration with 
Performers: Morgyn Aronyk-Schell, Johanna Bergfelt, Irvin Chow, Mairéad Filgate, Kathia Wittenborn
Composer: Nick Storring
Outside Eye/ Creative Facilitator: Marie-Josée Chartier
Costume Designer: Heather MacCrimmon
Lighting Designer: Nic Vincent 
Stage Manager: Laura Cournoyea 
Production Manager: B.C. Batty 
Producing Assistant: Mathilda Kane


50 minutes


Thursday, July 28
8:00 PM

Friday, July 29
8:00 PM

Saturday, July 30
8:00 PM

Sunday, July 31
4:00 PM


Regular | $20

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 princess productions
Founded in 1995 by Yvonne Ng, B.F.A., M.A, of Peranakan Chinese descent and an immigrant from Singapore, princess productions supports two divisions – tiger princess dance projects (1995) for Yvonne’s activities as a choreographer, performer and arts educator and dance: made in canada / fait au canada (2001) a presenting biennial festival of contemporary dance works. 

Yvonne founded and developed two arts education programmes: our youth dance and literacy programme, Swallowing Clouds (partnered with the Toronto Public Libraries since 2010) and Moving Stories (2015), intergeneration movement-based programmes for senior citizens and youth which can be found at retirement residence, Sunnybrook, Toronto Rehab. Yvonne has been nominated for 8 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, won 1 DMM Award. The company, tiger princess dance projects has won 6 DMM Awards for production, has been nominated for 36 times. Yvonne was the 2021 Eldred Family Dance Award nominee and is the recipient of 2017 Muriel Sherrin Award, 2016 Jacqueline Lemieux Award, K.M. Hunter Artist Award, New Pioneers Arts Award, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Soulpepper’s Community Artist Award and Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – New Talent.

We’re thankful for the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Lindsey Green & Sam Chaiton and the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Resiliency Fund, created thanks to donations from the Hal Jackman Foundation and The Slaight Family Foundation