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.
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
in a seven-city tour arranged by the Tamaulipas International Arts
Presented by some of the most prestigious concert halls in the
, from the
, the Company has mounted twenty national tours and seven tours abroad.
Ms. Chenís work has been presented by such acclaimed
international festivals as the Silesian International Contemporary Dance
Festival and the Konfrontations International Dance Festival, both in
, the Chang Mu International Arts Festival in
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
, Yunan, the China Dance Association presented to the Company its most
prestigious honor for companies not based in
, 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).
In addition to its nearly 40-week season of touring and performing, the
Company also serves as a cultural ambassador for children and families
in the NY/NJ/CT/PA area. Its outreach ensemble program The Art of
Chinese Dance has, since 1995, been reaching more than 40,000 young
people each year. The Company
has also developed Arts in Education residency programs for many school
districts to bring culture and arts into educational settings. Its
residency program for Chinese American heritage has been selected by the
Chinese Language Teachers Association for Primary and Secondary Schools
as a new model for collaborative language and arts education in primary
and secondary schools. This
year, the company will continue to conduct residency project with
New York City
and the Litchfield Poetry-Live project in Conneticut.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has been the resident company at the Harlem
School of the Arts in New York City for the past ten years.
It has received grant award from the National Endowment for the
Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Department of State,
the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Fund for US Artists at
International Festivals & Exhibitions, the Hyde and Watson
Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, the E.J. Grassmann Trust, the Mary
Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Verizon, Sony, and others.
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[Nai-Ni Chen] [Dancers]