A production of 8 gorgeous dancers of power and grace, CrossCurrent is a tapestry of mesmerizing dances set to unusual, goose-bump inducing musical scores by contemporary composers from different parts of the world. Like the blending of the Ying and Yang in Tai Chi, this production presents a fusion of harmony / dissonance, joy / melancholy, fluidity / angularity, form / spirit and East/West. It is Nai-Ni Chen’s most recent creations that features her singular voice in the world of dance.
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The Crosscurrent Program
A fusion of the spirit of the struggle for social justice and personal freedom as symbolized by the art of Graffiti, and the harmony of the power and peace in the Walking Grass Cursive Script of the Chinese Calligraphy. Demo Video
Way of Five – Fire
In the spirit of the male and female warrior, Fire is a dance of steel will, unwavering focus and mesmerizing physicality. The Fire implies the Taoist believe that each person has an inner fire that is the source of life sustaining energy for each of us. The path of the warrior is to enhance and control the inner fire which can provide peace and healing power. Music by Tan Dun. Demo Video
Way of Five – Earth
In the Spirit of the continuous flow of Tai Chi, Earth is a dance that reflects the movement of lava under the tectonic plates. In Earth, Nai-Ni Chen seeks to build surprises within a constant flow of dynamic, flowing poses that brings the audience onto an physical and spiritual journey. Muisc by Gerald Chenoweth.
A joyous and poetic Quartet for female dancers based on Nai-Ni Chen’s memory of her childhood in Taiwan.