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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company



March 24-27, 2022

at the New York Live Arts Theater

Artistic Director: Greta Campo

Dancers: Greta Campo, Candace Jarvis, Rio Kikuchi, Ethan Gwynn, Sonny Shiu, Evan Matthew Stewart, Thibaut Witzled, Jainil Mehta, Namhui Kim, Kayla Thomas

Choreographers: Nai-Ni Chen, PeiJu Chien-Pott

Lighting Supervisor: Becky Nussbaum




Awakening is the final production of the late choreographer Nai-Ni Chen before her untimely passing in December 2021. This expansive production is the artistic embodiment of Nai-Ni Chen’s observation of and reaction to all of the events that happened around her: the division of society, the quest for social equity, the dual beauty and trauma of isolation, and her hope for unity. Nai-Ni Chen’s signature choreographic style crosses many boundaries as she brings unique elements of Chinese culture into the contemporary dance world.  The Company is including her seminal work Incense, as a prayer to her spirit and to remember her choreographic grace and power.



Introspection (2019) 

Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen

Music: Max Richter, Somei Satoh, Tamar-Kali

Dancers: Jainil Mehta,  Namhui Kim, Thibaut Witzleb, Kayla Thomas

Costume: Nai-Ni Chen

Beginning in 2016, Nai-Ni Chen worked with Aljira Contemporary Arts in Newark, NJ on a project where the audience would enter the gallery at night in darkness given a flashlight.  Dancers would be doing improvised or choreographed movement in front of the paintings, sculptures or art works.  The result of three years of Aljira at Night is Introspection, a work about the many facets of identity, how we view and treat each other, and how we construct our own identity based on other people’s view about us.


Shadow Force (2020)  

Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen

Music: Max Richter, Somei Satoh, Tamar-Kali

Dancers: Greta Campo, Evan Matthew Stewart, Candace Jarvis, Sonny Shiu, Rio Kikuchi, Thibaut Witzleb, Namhui Kim

Lighting Design: Yi-Chung Chen

Costume: Nai-Ni Chen

Created during the pandemic, mostly on zoom with limited rehearsal with dancers in  person.  The dance is the choreographer’s response to the effect of the isolation, personal struggle, anti-Asian hate, and the social unrest that was happening around her.  Despite the darkness, the choreographer feels that working together as a community, perseverance and love will carry us through and move us out of the shadows. 



Incense (2003)  

Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen

Dancers: Evan Matthew Stewart, Jainil Mehta, Candace Jarvis, Rio Kikuchi

Music: Joan La Barbara (performing live Thu 3/24 and Sun 3/27)

from La Barbara's concert suite ShamanSong (New World Records 80545-2)

Lighting Design: A.C. Hickox

Costume: Karen Young


This dance was originally inspired by the sculpture titled Nine Muses by Carlos Dorian installed at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.  The choreographer draws ideas from the offering of incense in the long corridors of an ancient temple in her childhood.  The rising white clouds of the incense is said to bring the believer’s prayer from their hearts to God's ears.  The music reminds her of the mystical elements of nature and the more abstract, formal elements that give structure to our faith and thus our lives.


Truth Bound (2018) 

Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen

Dancers: Greta Campo, Ethan Gwynn

Music: Joan La Barbara, Rara Avis, Nocturnal Emissions

Lighting Design: Yi-Chung Chen

Costume: Nai-Ni Chen, Rashidi Lewis

Opening music is from La Barbara's composition ShadowSong ("Sound Paintings" Lovely Music LCD 3001).


This dance was the choreographer’s response to the media and its role in our quest for truth.  At this time, everyone is overburdened with news and ideas from every direction. The dance was Nai-Ni’s reaction to the crisis of faith and trust at this time.  


Unity (Premiere) 

Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen, PeiJu Chien-Pott

Composer: Jason Kao Hwang

Voice: Deanna Relyea

Percussion: Andrew Drury, Jason Kao Hwang

Dancers: Evan Matthew Stewart, Candace Jarvis, Greta Campo, Sonny Shiu, Rio Kikuchi, Jainil Mentha (03/24 and 03/26)  Thibaut Witzleb (03/25 and 03/27)

Lighting Design: Yi-Chung Chen

Costume: Angel Tsai and SoHarlem’s team led by Javier Valencia


One of the last and final works of Nai-Ni Chen, completed by PeiJu Chien-Pott with commissioned music by Jason Kao Hwang.  Unity was inspired by the story that a single stick is easy to break but a bunch is not easily breakable.  In this dance, the choreographer integrated numerous elements of Chinese Martial Art into the dance, and all the company dancers received regular training from Martial Arts champion Sifu Yuan Zhang.  The story speaks to the power of gathering and Nai-Ni Chen’s hope for community unity during our struggle for equity and anti-hate.  The chopstick bundle in the dance also represents the dynamite that the Chinese workers used to blast the mountains of the American West when building the Continental Railroad. 


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company


“Chen's phrases, part exoskeletal rigidity, part boneless grace, embodied an epic dignity.” - Village Voice

Choreographer/Dancer, Nai-Ni Chen, was a unique artist whose work crosses many cultural boundaries.  Each of her dances reflect her personal vision as an immigrant and an American female artist with deep roots in the Asian culture.  From this very personal perspective, she created new works that reflect current issues with global influences.  Some of her works were developed in collaboration with renowned artists such as the Ahn Trio, Glen Velez, Joan La Barbara, Jason Kao Hwang, Tao Chen, Tan Dun, Huang Ruo and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York. 


Bridging the grace of Asian elegance and American dynamism, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a premier provider of innovative cultural experiences that reflect the inspiring hope and energy of the immigrant's journey.  The company's ground-breaking works have focused on themes from ancient legends that reflect issues of the present time to purely abstract, contemporary dances influenced by a mix of cultures Nai-Ni Chen experienced in New York.  An Asian American company that celebrates cross-cultural experience, the Company's productions naturally bring forth issues of identity, authenticity, and equality. 


The Company has presented at some of the most prestigious concert halls such as the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Florida. The Company appears annually at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Queens College, the College of Staten Island and on Ellis Island. Internationally, the Company has presented at international festivals including Open Look Festival in Russia, the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival, the Konfrontations International Festival in Poland, the Chang Mu International Dance Festival in Korea, the Meet in Beijing International Arts Festival in China, and the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico. 


The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received more than 20 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Advancing Dance Education, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is currently in residence in New Jersey City University’s A Harry Moore Laboratory School and Regional Day School teaching dance to urban children with disabilities. For additional Company information, visit our website,; write to


Directors of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Greta Campo - Artistic Director, began dance training in her native Milan at the Carcano Theater, where she was first introduced to Martha Graham’s work. At age 19, she began the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School in NYC and, after a couple of months, she joined Graham II, performing in ensemble and solo roles. She performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company in their 2012 New York Season and has also traveled nationally and internationally with them as a member of the corps. She completed the Teacher Training Program at the School. Greta received the 2016 Rising Star Award from Fini Dance Festival. Ms. Campo joined the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in 2012, besides dancing she teaches for several teaching projects with the Company, including dance classes for kids with disabilities, for public school kids, she has taught college students and masterclasses with Nai-Ni Chen. Since the Pandemic Ms Campo has been teaching the Company Style, Kinetic Spiral, via Zoom. She joined different projects with Buglisi Dance Theater in 2019.

PeiJu Chien-Pott - Choreographer/Director of Contemporary and Creative Dance is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance artist from Taiwan, described as “one of the greatest living modern dancers” , celebrated particularly for her work as Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and her performances in the iconic roles of the Graham repertory. On the theater stage, PeiJu was a Principal Actress in the Kung Fu musical “Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise” commissioned by The Shed and choreographed by Akram Khan. She holds a BFA in Dance from Taipei National University of the Arts where she’s honored with an “Outstanding Alumni Award”. Her many awards include a Bessie for “Outstanding Performance”, Positano Premia La Danza Leonide Massine for “Best Female Contemporary Dancer”, Capri International Dance Awards, included “Best Performers” in the 2014 and 2017 Dance Magazine and numerous awards in her native Taiwan. She was recently recognized by the New York Times as one of the “Best Dance of 2021” in Richard Move’s “Herstory of the Universe”.  PeiJu currently serves as a faculty member at The Ailey School and her commercial work is represented by MMG New York. Besides her on-stage performances, her most recent choreography includes “REBIRTH” in collaboration with renowned sculpture Kang Mu-Xiang for Taipei 101 and “ISLAND” created during the pandemic commissioned by Iron Rose Festival of Taiwan.

Ying Shi - Choreographer/Director of Traditional Dance and Preservation. is from Beijing, China.  Ying received her Bachelor's Degree in Chinese Dance from the Beijing Dance Academy and her Master's Degree from the School of Arts at Peking University.  Her extensive experience teaching Chinese Classical Dance includes the Ailian Chan Dance School (Beijing), the Beijing Dance Academy and the Tsinghua University Dance Troupe.  As a young dancer, she was a member of the Nanchang Song & Dance Troupe in the Jiangxi Province.  She joined the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in 2013 and established her own school in 2019.  She is the gold medal award winner of the Overseas TaoLi Cup Professional division in 2019.


Yi-Chung Chen, Lighting Designer/Technical Director, was originally from Taiwan, is a NYC based lighting designer. She designs lights for live performance at various venues throughout the country and internationally. Her designs have been seen in NY at New York City Center, The Joyce, Chautauqua Theater Company, La Mama, Target Margin Theater, Kitchen Theatre Company, Shadowland Stages, New Ohio Theater, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Judson Memorial Church, etc; internationally at Palais Garnier, National Taichung Theater, NCPA Beijing, Wuzhen Theatre Festival. MFA: Boston University.


Becky Nussbaum (she/her) is a NYC based Lighting Designer with a background in dance and theater. Her design work has been presented all around NYC and Chicago. She is fortunate enough to spend her summers in the mountains at the Vail Dance Festival out in CO, which gives her the opportunity to work with companies such as ABT, NYCB, Martha Graham, Ballet Hispánico, BalletX and many more.




Candace Jarvis was originally from Brampton, Ontario, started her professional training at Bold Dance Company under the direction of Emilio and Stephanie Macri. She continued her training at The Ailey School as a Certificate Student. She has performed works by many choreographers including Amy Hall, Tracy Inman, Carlos Dos Santos and Norbert De La Cruz III. In 2013 Ms. Jarvis performed in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Cast of 50 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and took part in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographers Lab at The Ailey School. Ms. Jarvis was a former member of Awaken Dance Theater under the direction of Rebekka Nodhturft.  In 2015 she earned her Certificate of Honors from The Ailey School Certificate Program and joined the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.  


Ethan Gwynn was born State College Pennsylvania where he began his dance training at the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania under the guidance of Andrea Hill and Lane Grosser. Subsequently, he joined the Staycee Pearl Dance Project. He continued his training at both the Certificate Program of the Alvin Ailey American Dance School and the French Ballet Academy. Ethan has continued to perform with companies such as Project 44, Tanz Theater, Bloodline dance theater, Pennsylvania Dance Workshop, American Liberty Ballet Company, and Mystic Dance. Ethan has also worked with artists such as Matthew Rushing, Nicholas Vilenueve, Staycee Pearl, Andre Kosloski, and Leonie Stein.

Evan Matthew Stewart originally from Buffalo, NY, began his dance training at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance and at the age of ten continued to advance his training at David deMarie Dance Studio in styles varying from contemporary to tap and ballet to jazz. Evan also attended the Royal Academy of Ballet (Buffalo, NY) under the direction of Beth Waddell and while in college, attended the Joffrey School of Ballet New York City summer intensive to further his skills in ballet. In 2016, Evan graduated from the University of Buffalo with his BFA in dance and minor in counseling. During his time at the University at Buffalo, Evan was a member of the dance program’s pre-professional company Zodiaque under the direction of Thomas Ralabate and Tressa Gorman-Crehan. Since moving to NYC, Evan has had the opportunity to work with Ebony Williams and perform for her at Jacob’s Pillow. Evan is also a dancer in the upcoming film “In the Heights” directed by Jon Chu and choreographed by Chris Scott.


Sonny Shiu is a Chinese-American who was born in Visalia, California but moved to Miami, Florida when he was 3. He started dancing at the age of 20 when he took interest in breakdancing, then at the age of 21 he was accepted into New World School of the Arts for dance where he graduated with his BFA in dance. Sonny has furthered his ballet training at intensives such as Charlotte Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and CuBallet where he received scholarships as well as at Complexions Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and recently the Paul Taylor school. Since he graduated, he has danced with Peter London Global Dance Company and Dance Now! Miami. Sonny has also worked with Dale Andree on the 2018 National Water Dance.

Rio Kikuchi was born in Tokyo,Japan. At age of 3, Rio began ballet training at Studio Benus in Japan and later she was introduced to Tap and Jazz. She took Summer Intensive at Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC in 2015. She also studied Ballet technique and Point work privately with Luis Villanueva. In 2017, Rio moved to New York and was offered Scholarship to study at The School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In addition, she received Scholarship at Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Program in 2019. She has worked with Ronni Favors, Darshan Singh Bhuller. She has performed “Memora” with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at New York City Center in 2018.

Jainil Mehta is from Mumbai, India, Jainil Mehta began his dance journey at the age of five,

performing in his living room. Before moving to Los Angeles, he trained at Shiamak Davar International in Mumbai, India for thirteen years. Jainil graduated Summa Cum Laude and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a Discovery Scholars Distinction, and has acquired a variety of skills including motion picture cinematography. He has performed works by esteemed choreographers: William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Jodie Gates, Barak Marshall, Alejandro Cerrudo, Dwight Rhoden and Matthew Neenan. Jainil’s inner movement quality, expressions and love for storytelling come from his strong Indian roots and culture. Jainil has choreographed for Big Wild’s music video “6’s to 9’s” and Falguni Pathak’s “Jode Rahejo Raaj.”


Thibaut Witzled is a graduate of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the Ailey School where he earned a Horton Teaching certification.  He had the opportunity to dance “Revelations” with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  in New York City Center in 2019 which was broadcasted on network television. He also took part in Jacqulyn Buglisi’s  Table of Silence 9/11 Memorial in Lincoln Center for the past 3 years.  Thibaut danced with Mosley’s Hearts of Men Diversity of Dance, International Ballet Festival of Union City, Ballet Beyond Borders International Los Angeles and with the Fordham and  Columbia. University. Thibaut also worked for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Paul Taylor Dance Foundation and the Dance Magazine Awards 2019 and 2020.  

Namhui Kim was born and raised in Tokyo and is of Korean heritage. She began her training with Hiromi Dance Company in ballet, jazz, tap, theater, and voice. She performed in many theater productions such as Annie that toured Japan. Namhui came to New York City in 2017 to pursue a BA in Dance at Hunter College, CUNY where she got opportunities to train in the Parsons Dance summer intensive, and the winter intensives with Monica Bill Barnes & Co. along with Doug Varone and Dancers as a full scholarship student. She also received training at The Ailey School as a professional division student in 2019.  She has also danced in works by Blakeley White-McGuire, Larry Keigwin, Peter Cheng, Jessica Castro, Rebecca Margolick, Jamie Thompson, and Karisma Jay.  Besides dancing she also works at Orthopedic Movement Physical Therapy as Dr. Miho Urisaka’s assistant, exploring how she can help people who have physical problems and interests in their body improvement.

Kayla Thomas was born in Las Vegas, NV, and raised in Cleveland, OH, Kayla Thomas began her dance training at Nevada Ballet Theatre. Learning various dance styles, she continued her training at Cleveland School of the Arts and the School of Cleveland Ballet. Kayla has attended summer intensives at The Ailey School on scholarship, and she has had the opportunity to dance works by Robert Battle, Hope Boykin, Helen Simoneau, Pedro Ruiz, Becky Brown, Rebecca Margolick, Antonio Brown, and Catherine Meredith. Kayla is the recipient of the 2020 Denise Jefferson Memorial scholarship, and she will be a 2022 graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program with a double major in Dance and Digital Technologies and Emerging Media. Kayla is thrilled to be joining Nai Ni Chen Dance Company  this season.




Joan La Barbara's career as a performer/composer/sound artist explores the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument, expanding traditional boundaries in compositions for multiple voices, chamber ensemble, music theater, orchestra and interactive technology, developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques that have become her "signature sounds".  Among her awards are the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award, DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin, 7 artist grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous commissions, including Saint Louis Symphony, Meet The Composer and European radio. "Ears of an Eagle; Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex", a commission from the New York Philharmonic premiered February 10, 2020 in the Appell Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center. La Barbara collaborated with Nai-Ni Chen for many years including the premiere of “Incense” in New York’s Town Hall on May 3, 2002 and, in 2001, premiered her collaboration with Chen and poet Bei Dao, “Dragons on the Wall”, featuring the dancers’ voices in the soundscore.  "Isle of Dunes" was their most recent collaboration, performed with Ne(x)tworks. Her vocal and electronic score for Steve Finkin’s "Signing-Alphabet "animation has been broadcast worldwide since 1977. Her music from “Erin” features prominently in the film-score co-composed with Jóhann Jóhannsson for the feature film “Arrival”. Touring internationally for over 5 decades, she is recognized worldwide for the extended vocal techniques she has developed and championed and for her unique compositional style.  Joan La Barbara’s music was in 8 dances of Nai-Ni Chen.


The music of Jason Kao Hwang explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon extemporaneous, transformational journeys. His most recent releases, The Human Rites Trio and Conjure, as well as his 2015 CD Voice, which features vocalist Deanna Relyea performing his suite Lifelines, have received critical acclaim. His chamber opera The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown was one of the Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005 by Opera News. Mr. Hwang also composed source music for Martin Scorsese’s Kundun. As composer, Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, NY Community Trust, NJSCA, US Artists International, and Meet the Composer. In 2020, 2019, 2018, 2013 and 2012, the El Intruso International Jazz Critics Poll voted him #1 for Violin/Viola. The 2012 Downbeat Jazz Critics’ Poll voted Mr. Hwang as Rising Star for Violin. He has worked with choreographers Yoshiko Chuma and Patricia Nicholson Parker, poet Patricia Spears Jones, and musicians William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Pauline Oliveros, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomeka Reid, Patrick Brennan, Will Connell, Jr., and Zen Matsuura. (  Jason has developed 5 original works with Nai-Ni Chen.


Mezzo soprano Deanna Relyea is Founder of Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, and Artistic Director of Edgefest. Trained as a pianist at the University of Michigan, she became a singer and has now an impressive and varied career in art song, symphonic, and cabaret contexts in the United States and Canada, with a repertoire of Kurt Weil, Victorian parlor songs, Mahler’s Second Symphony, the songs of Hugo Wolf, and contemporary works. Her interest in new music and improvisation has resulted in collaborations with a wide range of musicians and composers who have written compositions with theatrical elements especially for her. She was featured on Jason Kao Hwang’s 2016 album Voice, where she shared vocal duties with Thomas Buckner, performing the poetry of Davida Singer, Lester Afflick, and Patricia Spears Jones set to music (an earlier version was performed at the Stone in NY).


Andrew Drury is a percussionist/composer who is also Artistic Director of the non-profit organization Continuum Culture & Arts, facilitator of international cultural exchange, educator, video producer, oral historian, grandparent, and curator of Soup & Sound which has presented over 150 performances (typically with homemade soup) everywhere from his Brooklyn living room, to Lincoln Center, to Poland and Finland. A long-time student of the legendary drummer Edward Blackwell, Drury has performed in 30 countries and on over 80 recordings with Jason Kao Hwang, Christine Abdelnour, Alan Braufman, Thomas Buckner, Earl Howard, Dana Jessen, Frank Lacy, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, JD Parran, Tomeka Reid, Roswell Rudd, Brandon Seabrook, Wadada Leo Smith, and Warren Smith. In Dance he has performed and made sound designs for jill sigman thinkdance, Heather Kravas, the Brooklyn Ballet, Elisa Monte, Eun Jung Choi-Gonzalez, Guillermo Ortega, and Sheri Cohen. His newly formed percussion quintet, The Forest, debuts in Seattle, LA, and San Diego next month and later in 2022 he hopes to complete “What It All Could Be: Vinalhaven, 2020” a 60-minute video combining the music of his Tentet with videography he shot on the coast of Maine in 2020.


About Nai-Ni Chen (1958-2021)


Nai-Ni Chen has created over 90  dances professionally in her 36 years career as a choreographer in the US.  She has built a diverse repertory and toured to major venues in the US and international festivals in 12 countries around the world.  A cross-cultural choreographer who aims to bring audiences across the cultural boundaries, she has developed her unique movement and choreographic styles that reflect the grace and splendor of the Chinese cultural traditions she studied in Taiwan since youth and the dynamic spirit of modern dance that she acquired in New York.


Nai-Ni Chen has received multiple Choreographer Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has been a principal affiliate of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was a resident artist of the Harlem School of the Arts and New Jersey City University.


Commissioned dances  include Peach Flower Landscape for the Lincoln Center Institute, Qian Kun for the Joyce Theater Foundation, Unfolding for Dancing in the Streets, The Three Riddles of Turandot for New Jersey Ballet, Unconquered Warriors for Dancing Wheels, and Water and Tiger Lily for BalletMet, Dragons on the Wall, a collaboration with Nobel Literature nominee Bei Dao and composer Joan La Barbara for the Alternate Roots Festival curated by Baraka Sele of New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  


In New York, she has taught at Mary Anthony Dance Studio, Peridance and NYU, where she received her MA in Dance and Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt.   On television, Ms. Chen is an often-featured artist on PBS/NJN’s Grammy Award-winning State of the Arts series as well as Sinovision USA, a Chinese language TV channel in the community.  For her contribution to Chinese American culture, she has received awards from the New Jersey International Institute, the Organization of Chinese Americans, and Chinese American Chamber of Commerce.  She has also served on several Dance related panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation.


Thank You


Programs of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company are made possible by the generous support of our Board members, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund administered by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, E.J. Grassman Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, New Music USA, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund, The Mosaic Network, American Dance Abroad, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Cultural Exchange Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PSEG, Proskauer, WAC Lighting, and the Glow Foundation and the Dragon and Phoenix Foundation.


Board Members

Theresa Shubeck (President), Ronald Chen (VP), Eileen Koski (Secretary), Marisa Pierson (Treasurer),

Patricia Mayer, Robert Sage, Victor Davson, Andrew Chiang.


Staff:  Sylvia Chiang, Tina Mayers



Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company : Awakening

 New York Live Arts • 219 West 19th Street • New York, NY


User: Angela Viscido

Submitted: March 27, 2022 12:38 PM Eastern Time

Rating: 4 Curtain Calls (1-4)

Recommended: Yes

Heard about show: TE

"This is the most incredible, high energy, talent and creativity. Astounding choreography and one can see the impeccable commitment and dedication by the dancers in their strength, timing, facial expressions from the soul to the physical stage. Not once did they falter throughout the performances. Wonderful."

What an amazing show! All of it- the dancers, the choreography, the ingenuity, and the depth of emotion for me was so emotional that I could not stay to tell you in person


Andy what a coup!!!! please convey to your dancers how exquisite they are


The show made me want to dance again!


Thank you for inviting me


Enjoy the success of it


With love



We are very pleased to share with you the wonderful reviews we received from our members for Awakening. Please see below. 


Stunning, intense, fluid, clever, delightful.


I fell in love with contemporary dance during this show. From start to finish, I was riveted by the beautiful dancing, music and dramatic lighting. Highly recommended.


A fusion dance satisfying any audience.


The show was outstanding, especially the second half. The company consists of very strong dancers that knew how to tell a story. The music and light were unique and interesting. I would love to see them again. Thank you for a great show.


Wonderful... moving in many ways.. dancers terrific... you must read what each dance means... loss of the choreographer is sad...


Amazing performance. Great to read the NY Times review on Friday. Helped understand and appreciate the creativity.




Wow; what a 'high on life' to observe & experience such emotion and talent in movement; one of the very best dance groups, bar none! Heartfelt and amazing dance & choreography, along with unique and enjoyable music, costumes, lighting/presentation, venue, etc. This Awakening program was a true gift; thank you!


It was absolutely amazing. Spellbinding.


Wonderful performance. 4 outstanding pieces! Stupendous!


Nai-Ni Chen dance company was absolutely beautiful and amazing. I loved the choreography and I loved how it incorporated Chinese martial arts into the dances. The dancers were beautiful and amazing and I plan to go see the company again as soon as I can!


Fabulous dancing! Get tickets to see this superb performance.


Fantastic dancers, wonderful choreography. Great evening! So sad for the loss of such an mazing talent.


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