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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces 2019-20 Season

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 7:30PM

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces 2019-20 Season

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 7:30PM

Newark, NJ , United States of America




NAI-NI
CHEN DANCE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES
2019-20 SEASON

 

The
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
, a renowned
international touring dance company led by Chinese American
choreographer Nai-Ni Chen, announces an exciting 2019-2020 season.
The Company will continue to be in residence at the New Jersey City
University in Jersey City, NJ with extensive community activities
including dance curriculum planning, teaching, rehearsing, research,
and choreography. The company is especially proud of its award
winning program at the A. Harry Moore School for children with
multiple disabilities where Nai-Ni Chen's dancers collaborate with
therapists and teachers to create a uniquely creative dance
curriculum for a population of 100 students from pre-K to 12th grade.

 

The
fall touring season will begin with tours to Michigan and New Mexico
to present Nai-Ni Chen's most recent collaboration: A Quest
for Freedom
, with the world-renowned Ahn Trio, inspired by the
hope and energy on the immigrant's journey, as well as Nai-Ni and the
Trio's common experience as Asian American immigrants. 

 

In
December, the Company will launch its 30th anniversary celebration at
New York Live Arts with a retrospective
production CrossCurrent, showcasing Chen's
distinctive cross-cultural style and the diverse influences that have
informed her work. Highlights include Chen's Callligraphy
II
Whirlwind, and recent works Truthbound and Bamboo
Rap
.

 

The
program will open with one of Chen's earliest signature
work Calligraphy IIwhich explores the spirituality, the
flow of energy and the dynamics of the brush strokes in the art of
Chinese writing with an original music score by Joan La Barbra and
set designed by Myunghee Cho. The Company will share Nai Ni's recent
work Truthbound, developed in a residency in Trier,
Germany in reaction to the crisis of faith and trust today. 

 

Truthbound will
be followed by 
Bamboo Rap, an
experimental work created in collaboration with traditional Kuaiban
rappers, hip-hop artists and DJs, exploring the sound of Chinese
language with contemporary urban dance vocabulary, both rooted in
storytelling and the desire for justice.

 

The
concert will conclude with Whirlwind, a dance inspired by
Chen's journey to the Silk Road with music by Glen Velez. The dance
explores trance, rhythmic breathing, sound and spiral motion.

 

In
January and February 2019, to chase away the winter blues, the
Company will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rat and the
first year of the cycle of metal with a vibrant, colorful
extravaganza of the Company's Lunar New Year Festival at Staten
Island College, Queens College, The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts
Center on Long Island, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and
Ocean County College in New Jersey. This New Year's program
highlights will include a diverse line up of top-tier Chinese artists
as well as new dances by Nai-Ni Chen.

 

The
season will continue in March with appearances by up-and-coming Asian
American artists at the Company's resident work at Flushing Townhall.
In its 6th year, the Company has been presenting new music and dance
talents in the community.

 

The
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will be on Ellis Island in the Great Hall
of Immigrant for the Asian American Heritage Month in May. The
Company will be presenting the 6th Imagine Ellis Island Asian
American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival which will bring together
a diverse array of artists focused on preserving and creating
culturally specific work.

 

Followers
and audience can gain an early glimpse of the Company's new works
during our open rehearsal sessions ,at Flushing Town Hall in New
York, at NJPAC in Newark, as well as at pop-up locations around the
NY/NJ area to be announced on our e-newsletter.

 

In
addition to developing new dances, Nai-Ni Chen is equally committed
to introduce the Chinese American heritage to children and family in
diverse communities. Her K-12 assembly program, The Art of Chinese
Dance, is performed throughout the year in schools and community
centers in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

 

Continuing
its commitment to preserve and advance dance in the Chinese American
community in New Jersey, the Company offers regularly scheduled
community workshops at the Metuchen Dance Centre every Saturday with
award-winning instructors from China, Taiwan, and the U.S.

 

Season
Highlights:

A
Quest for Freedom at Hope College 

Thursday,
September 19, 2019 at 7:30

Friday,
September 20, 2019 at 7:30pm

DeWitt
and Cultural Center, Main Theatre

141
E 12th St., Holland, MI 49423

See
below for ticketing information: 

https://hope.edu/arts/great-performance-series/index.html

 

A
Quest for Freedom at The Lensic Performing Arts Center 

Saturday,
November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm

211
San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

See
below for ticketing information: 

https://lensic.org/events/chen_ahntrio/           

CrossCurrent
at New York Live Arts

219
W. 19th St. 

New
York, NY 10011

Friday,
December 5 at 7:30

Saturday,
December 6 at 7:30

Sunday,
December 7 at 7:30 

Ticket
info: TBA

 

Chinese
New Year Celebration: Year of the Golden Rat at NJPAC 

Saturday,
January 25, 2020 at 2:00pm and Sunday, January 26 at 2:00pm 

One
Center Street Newark, NJ 07102

See
below for ticketing information: 

https://www.njpac.org/events/detail/chinese-new-year-celebration-year-of-the-golden-rat

 

Penn
State Harrisburg Concert and Residency 

Tuesday,
February 4th at 7:30pm 

Mukund
S. Kulkarni Theatre, Student Enrichment Center

777
West Harrisburg Pike

Middletown,
PA 17057

More
information: 

https://harrisburg2.vmhost.psu.edu/calendar/event/nai-ni-chen-dance-company

 

South
Orange Performing Arts Center Showcase

Friday,
April 17 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079

Ticket
info TBA

 

Song
of the Phoenix at Westchester Community College

Saturday,
May 9 at 8:00pm Academic Arts Theatre 

75
Grasslands Road

Valhalla,
NY 10595

See
below for ticketing information: 

https://www.sunywcc.edu/events/nai-ni-chen/

 

 

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