Time: December 5, 2010 from 3pm to 5pm
Street: 645 St. Nicholas Ave
City/Town: New York, NY
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Event Discipline: dance, music
Organized By: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Inc.
Latest Activity: Nov 12, 2010
December 2-5 (Thurs/Fri/Sat. at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM)
Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue
Tickets: $20; $10 for students & seniors
Reservations: 800-650-0246 or on line at www.nainichen.org/NextEvent
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is excited to announce that its December New York Season will feature the Company's first collaboration with the celebrated Ahn Trio. For this ground-breaking concert, to be performed at the newly upgraded Harlem School of the Arts Theater on 141st Street and St. Nicholas Ave, artistic director/choreographer Nai-Ni Chen will present an evening of premieres to contemporary composers Kenji Bunch, Michael Nyman and Ronn Yedidia. All music will all be performed live by the Ahn Trio. Costumes for all works will be designed by Anna Allissa Belous.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, with support from the American Music Center, has commissioned a new score by composer/violist Kenji Bunch. The native of Oregon is collaborating closely with Ms. Chen on the new work, "Temptation of the Muses," in which the movement of the musicians and their sound score will influence the spatial and theatrical development of the dance.
The program will also feature "Lullaby," music by Israeli composer Ronn Yedidia, "Heart Asks Pleasure First," music by Michael Nyman of England, and "Grooveboxes," music by American Kenji Bunch.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
A blossom of color, energy and motion, "like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy," says the New York Times. The dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. The Company's productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline.
Choreographer/Dancer Nai-Ni Chen is an artist whose work defies categorization, as she is continually working on new ideas from influences around the world. Her mesmerizing and dramatic contemporary choreography has gained increasing recognition among domestic and international presenters and festivals. Recently, the Company was honored by a distinctive grant award from both the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities and the Department of State to represent the United States in a seven-city tour arranged by the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico.
Presented by some of the most prestigious concert halls in the United States , from the Joyce Theater in New York to the Ordway Center in Minnesota and the Cerritos Center in California , the Company has mounted twenty national tours and seven tours abroad. Ms. Chen’s work has been presented by such acclaimed international festivals as the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival and the Konfrontations International Dance Festival, both in Poland , the Chang Mu International Arts Festival in Korea and the China International Dance Festival.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company also has the unique honor of having received more than twelve awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In the First China International Dance Festival in Kunming , Yunan, the China Dance Association presented to the Company its most prestigious honor for companies not based in China , the Golden Lotus Award.
The Company's commissioned dances include American Landscape (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), Peach Flower Landscape (Lincoln Center Institute), Qian Kun (Joyce Theater), Tianji/Dragons on the Wall (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust), The Way of Five (Towson University) and Unfolding (Dancing in the Streets).