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Song of the Phoenix

Ten Dancers Repertory Touring Program

Song of the Phoenix
Artistic Director/Choreographer: Nai-Ni Chen

program may contain a selection of the following works.  Pieces subject to change.

 

 

Raindrops
Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen
Music: Henry Wolff, Robert Rich, Sainkho Namtchylak
Lightin Design: A.C. Hickox
Cosutmes: Olu-Orondava

Dancers: 4
The choreographer draws inspiration from her childhood memory of the Taiwanese city in which she was born, Keelong, also known as the “Rain Harbor.”

Bamboo Rap
Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen
Hip Hop Consultant: Dister Rondon
Music: Bamboo Rap by Zhang Chung Chuang

Lighting Design: Yi-Chung Chen

Costumes: Nai-Ni Chen

Dancers: 5
Bamboo Rap is also called Kuaiban in China where storytellers accompany their own vocal performance with the rhythmic sound of bamboo. This music uses the Hakka language, a dialect from Fujian and Taiwan instead of Mandarin. Kuaiban and contemporary Rap music share their roots in the street. Similar to Rap, Kuaiban usually use folklore and social issues as its content. In this work, Nai-Ni investigated the tones of the voice, the rhythmic patterns of the Chinese language, the varying intensity and emotion that come with the spoken lines, which is often poetic in nature. The movement language is a blend of contemporary dance, hip-hop, martial arts and Nai-Ni Chen’s personal response to the sound and words of Kuaiban.

Mirage
Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen
Music: Glen Velez
Lighting Design: Carolyn Wong
Costumes: Jon Can Coskunses
Dancers: 5 female, 3 male

Inspired by the unique rhythms and dance movement of the Uyghur people of Xinjiang, China, Ms. Chen created a new movement vocabulary for this dance.  Its tranquility and passion evoke the images of the desert area and the people who lived in oasis towns.

Calligraphy II
Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen
Music: Tan Dun
Lighting Design: Susan Summers
Costumes: Nai-Ni Chen
Dancers: 5 dancers
Fire is Nai-Ni Chen’s first exploration of the ancient Chinese theory that the cycles of creation and destruction correspond to the ever-changing phenomena of nature.  The “Five” refers to the five elements: wood, water, fire, metal and earth.  

The Way of Five – Fire
Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen
Music: Tan Dun
Lighting Design: Susan Summers
Costumes: Nai-Ni Chen
Dancers: 5 dancers
Fire is Nai-Ni Chen’s first exploration of the ancient Chinese theory that the cycles of creation and destruction correspond to the ever-changing phenomena of nature.  The “Five” refers to the five elements: wood, water, fire, metal and earth.  

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Experience the majestic thunder of the martial arts and the mysterious whisper of poetry through the global language of dance. Song of the Phoenix brings audiences on a journey through space and time to a place where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline. The phoenix is known in both eastern and western cultures as an awe-inspiring creature of death-defying strength and majesty. For the West, it symbolizes renewal, and for the East, the power and mystery of the feminine. Song of the Phoenix features original and unique choreography by Nai-Ni Chen, whose repertoire seamlessly blends ancient rituals and modern concepts. Engaging the audience with the majestic thunder of Martial Arts and the rhythm of poetry, dancers glide across the stage with color, intensity and a whisper of Chinese tradition.