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March, 2015 – CrossCurrent I, Calligraffti Variations, lec and dem at Flushing Town Hall

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Flushing Town Hall presented Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and Huang Ruo’s Calligrffiti Variation work in progress at its mainstage with Nai-Ni Chen and Huang Ruo both discussed their inspiration for the work.

As a first generation Chinese immigrant who is educated in Chinese culture, Calligraphy is a fine art form for the elite and it is hailed as a spiritual art with power to heal.  However, when coming to the USA, we encounter the art of street graffiti which has lots in common with calligraphy, but is a street art form, with strong earthly energies that can break things apart.   To learn to embody these two art forms in one mind is the natural inclination for the immigrant artist, and that is expressed in this dance.  Nai-Ni Chen used an expanded set of movement vocabulary that includes the jagged and smooth, spatial arrangements that breaks apart and integrated.  This work is still in progress in 2015.  to watch the video, use password: ” crosscurrent”

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Lecture and Demonstration at Flushing Town Hall

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

A Dance and Music explosion! The Luxembourg International Composition Prize Winning Composer Huang Ruo and classical music superstar New Asia Chamber Music Society will join the beautiful and diverse dancers of the internationally renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for a dance and music exploration into their upcoming, new and collaborative works. This is the first of a series of presentation for their new project, CrossCurrent, at Flushing Town Hall.


For each immigrant artist, the struggle to cross the cultural barrier presents great challenge and opportunity.  Each person finds a way to adapt and improvise on their own, creating imprint of movement, language and thought patterns along the way.  After the barrier is crossed, a new identity emerges.  The new multimedia work explores this common experience for Nai-Ni Chen and Huang Ruo, with input from the musicians from the New Asia Chamber Music Society.

This new 15 minute dance for 7 dancers and 4 musicians (Erhu, Piano and Strings)  will be developed in New York and New Jersey in 15 months between March, 2014 and May 2015.  From March to June, Nai-Ni Chen will have a series of meetings with composer Huang Ruo to discuss how musicians and dancers can be integrated seamlessly in performance through sound, stage, choreography, set and lighting design.  They may involve 1 or 2 instruments in improvisational settings.  In the summer of 2014, Nai-Ni Chen and her dancers will develop the movement and sound vocabulary with Huang Ruo to use for the production.  This process will lay the foundation for our collaboration as well as formulating activities, topics for community outreach workshops and curricullum for educational residencies.   Between October 2014 and May, 2015, in the midst of the development phase, the team will conduct at least one open rehearsal each month to engage the press, dance enthusiasts, fans, board members and friends in discussion about the new work.  Each open rehearsal will be in a location that reflects some aspect of the relationship between different elements of the production.  e.g. we may use an Art gallery in Newark to showcase the visual design of the work and how the dancers work with live music.  In public presenting spaces with stronger technical support, we will conduct lecture demonstration of the music composition process against the dramatic line of the dance as well as the movement design.  In each workshop, the audience will experience a different glimpse of the creative process that can serve as an anchor for their enjoyment when then finally see the performance on stage in their neighborhood.

In addition to the public open rehearsals that will happen in evenings and weekends, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will work with the creative team to develop educational materials for the Company’s residencies for schools in Newark and Elizabeth where the Company has on-going residencies and engagement with at-risk youth.

The premiere concert will feature the proposed new work, another new dance using an existing composition from Huang Ruo, accompanied live by members of the New Asia Chamber Music Society, as well as music only selections by the musicians.

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Four Corners Scene 2 Part 1
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Features: Huang Ruo

The reason we chose this piece from Huang Ruo is because he incorporated stage and movement elements in his work. We are also envisioning a more integrated approach for the new piece “Crosscurrents”, which will integrate the musicians and dancers on stage.

The recording was done during live performance of the CAMERATA PACIFICA’s 20th season at Music Academy of the West on September 11, 2009.

If time is limited, please start viewing at 5:20

…as time flows, and eclipses…
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April 19, 2011
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Title” “…as time flows, and eclipses…” (2011) for Piano and Cello Quintet – Jay Lin(1983- )

VIolin: Cindy Wu, Kevin Shue
Viola: Andy Lin
Cello: Nan-Cheng Chen, Yu-Wen Wang
Piano: Kelly Lin

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Fort Lee, New Jersey

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
One of the few the professional dance companies In the United States to be led by an Asian-American woman, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has been developing new works for the past twenty-five years. Ms. Chen, formerly a principle dancer from Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Company, established her own Company in 1988 in Fort Lee, NJ with a mission…

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