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ALTERNATE ROUTES, SPRING 2006 PERFORMANCES

Baraka Sele, Curator/Producer

 

 

 

Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 ● Victoria Theater

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

AMERICAN LANDSCAPE

 

New Jersey-based dancer-choreographer Nai-Ni Chen's distinctive style blends the discipline of Chinese classical movement with the freedom of American modern dance. Her work finds inspiration in everything from the flowing lines of calligraphy to the thunderous motion of martial arts to the grace and beauty of nature itself. "Chen's works are an impressive, remarkably smooth blend of new and old," says The New York Times.

 

For this engagement, she and her Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company bring the world premiere of Isle of Dunes, the latest segment of Chen’s stunning American Landscape series, created in collaboration with Joan La Barbara, a composer, sound artist and vocalist who has long been at the forefront of contemporary music. American Landscape incorporates movement and music to trace the choreographer’s own journey as an immigrant artist and examine the American spirit in relationship to ideas of energy, hope and renewal.  The program will also include Landscape Over Zero (pictured), the first installment of the American Landscape series. Isle of Dunes was commissioned by NJPAC’s Alternate Routes.

 

 

 

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Welcomes the Arrival of the Spring with the World Premiere of

American Landscape

A new work commissioned from the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Created by choreographer Nai-Ni Chen in collaboration with

composer Joan La Barbara, set designer  Myung Hee Cho,

lighting designer Dan Meeker and costume designer Karen Young

at the

New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater

Saturday, April 29th, 2006 at 7:30PM

Ticket Info: call (888)466-5722 for tickets.  $32

 

新州表演藝術中心

隆重推出

陳乃霓現代藝術舞蹈團

新作

美國意象

 

時間﹕四月二十九日 星期六 晚七時半

地點﹕新州表演藝術中心,維多利亞劇場

票價﹕三十二元

訂票電話(888)GO-NJPAC  (888)466-5722

中文媒體諮詢﹕陳茜  800-650-0246

英文媒體諮詢﹕Joshua Balber 973-642-8989

 

 

A new series of collaborative work between Nai-Ni Chen, Joan La Barbara and Myung Hee Cho with dancers of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company titled American Landscape will be showcased by the NJPAC Alternate Route Series on April 29th, 2006 at 7:30PM.   This powerful artistic team has a ten year history of working together since their first collaboration for Nai-Ni Chen’s signature piece Calligraphy II in 1996-98 which premiered at the Joyce Theater.

 

位於紐瓦克市的新州表演藝術中心,四月二十九日 星期六 晚七時半 將推出著名華裔現代藝術舞蹈家陳乃霓與美國現代音樂大師瓊樂芭博拉合創的新作 美國意象

並請韓裔舞台美術設計師崔明姬和瑪莎格蘭姆舞團的服裝設計師凱倫楊共創盛舉。

 

這支由十二位專業舞蹈演員及八位高水準的音樂家現場伴奏的大型舞蹈 將以陳乃霓在美國所見所聞中,印象最深刻的兩種風景(冰川和沙漠)為題, 以舞蹈肢體語言與舞台的無限空間結合,表現出自然中生生不息的力量,和美國建國的崇尚自由,勇敢冒險的精神。

 

這支以 美國意象 為題的舞蹈,分兩段,第一段是 零度以上  以美國的冰山為出發點,用舞台布景,聲光,配合特別設計的肢體語言,表達生命頑強不屈的力量,第二段 神秘沙丘 是以美國西部的沙漠為出發點,用空間,儀示,群體與個人間的關係,表達自然界中的神秘。

 

成立十八年的陳乃霓現代藝術舞蹈團 ,已得十二度美國國家藝術基金會獎, 舞蹈家陳乃霓,是紐約大學的舞蹈碩士,作品流暢,結構嚴謹,藝術價值極高。舞團成立早期,她造訪各地名家,研究編舞中,時空的肢體語言和書法中運筆及佈局的相通理論.她對於書法中,輕重緩急的筆法,虛實相輔的佈局中,所得到的認知.以其獨創的肢體語言,及變化無窮的空間和韻律的交錯運用,捕捉書法中妙法自然的意境.得以成名。

 

The new work, American Landscape is a larger scale spectacle with 12 dancers from the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and 8 musicians from the Ne(x)tworks Ensemble.  The dance is consist of 2 parts:  Landscape Over Zero, and Isle of Dunes.  Each part was inspired by a natural phenomenon that impressed the choreographer during her journeys in America.   Landscape Over Zero, originally premiered at John Jay College in New York, was based on her observation of the snow, ice and extended to the glacier of the Rockies.  Isle of Dunes, however, is inspired by the desert landscape of the Southwest.  In both dances, the choreographer seeks to uncover the inner strength of life that constantly renews itself even in the most difficult conditions.   As in all Nai-Ni Chen’s work, the choreographer views movement as splash of energy in both eastern and western terms.

 

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, one the top dance company in today’s Asian American community, has received 12 distinctive awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts since 1992.  The NJSCA has given the Company at least one Citation of Excellence each year since 1994 and named it a “Distinguished Arts Organization” for its outstanding national and international presentations and commitment to the community.

 

Major Funding for American Landscape comes from:

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, The Irving and Blanchard Laurie Foundation, The American Music Center's Live Music For Dance program, through a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner organization with the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

舞團在美國各地經常巡迴演出,獲得各界名舞評的讚揚,紐約時報曾說,觀賞陳乃霓之舞,如飲清泉,能解吾人對藝術之飢渴,新州星報舞評亦極力推崇她的舞蹈,曾說:陳乃霓的舞,如中國的文字,有極深 的含義. 並說﹕陳乃霓的舞蹈,在中西, 古今, 傳統與實驗之間,反映出第一 代移民承先啟後的中心思想.北卡郵報以及洛杉磯時報 亦報導:觀眾如痴如醉,千人喝采. 舞團近年來,更上一層樓,經常在歐州,亞州巡徊演出,於2001年得中國舞蹈家協會在第一屆中國舞蹈節上頒發金荷花獎,道奇基金會稱陳乃霓為   新州舞蹈大使

 

美國意象的作曲,是美國名聲樂作曲家, 瓊樂芭博拉,她曾為德國奧斯現代音樂獎的得主,作品常在紐約愛樂,洛杉磯愛樂,三藩市,休士頓及巴黎交響樂團演出,譽滿全球,三藩市評報曾譽她為現代最偉大的聲樂家之一.她並以西洋現代畫為主題,自創:"以畫為樂",以人聲表達現代畫中抽象的意境,與陳乃霓的:"以書為舞",不謀而合.這次合作,瓊氏譜出兩首新曲:零度之音,沙漠傳奇,並將親自上場指揮八位音樂名家組成的樂團 Ne(x)tworks,現場伴奏.. 將是一場不可錯過的盛舉

 

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