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About This Study Guide

“I use positive and negative space to create contrasting dynamics onstage. What I want to express is the dynamic between Yin and Yang, the soft and strong quality, the heavy and light from the two extremes.”

Nai-Ni Chen


About This Study Guide

It is hoped that the material in this guide will stimulate discussion, inspire activities, promote further research and generally prepare students for the performance. It is designed to provide educators with information about China, Chinese Dance  and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in particular. Through the exploration of this material, numerous connections can be  made to existing school curriculum.


Programs of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, E.J. Grassman Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Cultural Ministry of the People’s Republic of China,  the Live Music for Dance Program of New Music USA, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, the Rapid Response Program of American Dance Abroad, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Cultural Exchange Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PSEG, Proskauer, WAC Lighting, the Glow Foundation and MOCA.