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Nai-Ni Chen Dance 30th Anniversary at New York Live Arts

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Bridging the grace of Asian elegance and American dynamism, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a premier resource for innovative dance experiences that reflect the hope and energy on the immigrant’s journey.  An Asian American female-led touring companies that have been presented by major theaters in 41 states throughout the US as well as in Europe and Asia, The Company has reached over 2 million audiences since its inception.  In celebration of its thirtieth year anniversary, the company of 10 dancers will open with one of Chen’s early signature work “Calligraphy II” which 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.

When all seven performers swirl through individual patterns simultaneously, you imagine

a scroll dancing.   Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

Looking forward,  she will share her recent work “Truthbound” developed in a residency in Germany in reaction to the crisis of faith and trust today. 

 “In their body and visual language sensitively created fantasy and poetry. Tradition and experiment are combined with dance-like precision and dynamics.”… Eva-Maria Reuther, Volksfreund

Truthbound will be followed by “Introspection”, “Positioning” and “Lullaby”, dances that questions identity, gender, and relationships.  Never stop experimenting, Nai-Ni Chen will also showcase her new cross-cultural collaboration “Bamboo Rap” aiming to fuse a fresh rhythm based on the bi-lingual spoken word culture and Chen’s unique, culturally informed approach to choreography.