THE 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 spirit
with the grace and splendor of the Asian soul. The Company's
productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where
tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline.
more than 50,000 audience members a year, Nai-Ni Chen's unique
choreography transports audiences beyond cultural boundaries to the
intersection of form, emotion and spirit. Winning critical
acclaim everywhere, the Company has become the go-to resource of Asian
American dance for communities across the United States.
Celebrating the unique experience shaped by the immigrant’s journey,
this world-class dance Company bridges the gap of understanding between
Currently in residence at New Jersey City
University in Jersey City, the Nai-Ni Chen Company is one of the very
few professional Asian American dance companies in the US that has
produced more than 20 national tours reaching 41 states in the United
States; 9 international tours to Europe, Asia and the Americas; and
regular New York and New Jersey seasons at home. It is one of the
country’s most widely toured professional dance companies. In New
York and New Jersey, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company enjoys annual
presentation in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Brooklyn
Center for the Performing Arts, the Kupferberg Center in Queens and has
been working annually with the New York Philharmonic since 2012 for its
Chinese New Year festival at Lincoln Center.
In addition to
its extensive season of touring and performing, the Company has
developed Arts in Education residency programs in higher education and
K-12. In residence at the New Jersey City University, the Company
is building a strong higher education program at the collegiate level.
The Company’s K-12 program at School 26 in Elizabeth has successfully
integrated dance, music, poetry with multiple academic
disciplines. In the community, the Company has been conducting
workshops for immigrant Chinese American children in Edison, NJ to
preserve cultural heritage in the community.
The Nai-Ni Chen
Dance Company has been awarded generous grants from the US State
Department, The President Committee for the Arts and Humanities, the
National Endowment for the Arts(16 times), the New Jersey State Council
on the Arts, Department of State of NJ, the Geraldine R. Dodge
Foundation, the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals &
Exhibitions, Joyce Theatre Foundation, NJ Cultural Trust, Garden State
Foundation, American Dance Abroad, APAP Cultural Exchange Fund the Hyde
and Watson Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, the E.J. Grassmann
Trust, New Music USA, the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, the Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council, Horizon Foundation, Verizon, Sony, and
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