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​“Like visual poetry, Chen’s phrases… embodied an epic dignity.”

the Village Voice

 

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company creates innovative dances that reflect the hope and energy that propels the immigrant’s journey. Nai-Ni Chen has been making dances that bridge the grace of Asian elegance and American dynamism, for over thirty years. She has built a repertoire of 80 original works in collaboration with a diverse array of dancers, musicians, and visual artists.  The themes of the Company’s dances cover a wide range of subjects from Dragons on the Wall with Poet Bei Dao and Composer Joan La Barbara on the subject of Tiananmen Square to Space Oddity, with music by David Bowie adapted for the Ahn Trio which celebrates the boundless dynamism of the immigrant spirit, to Lion Dance, a traditional work created in collaboration with master acrobat XiaoDi Yang who now lives in Flushing.  

 

Choreography is developed with dancers from diverse backgrounds working collaboratively with Nai-Ni Chen, each rehearsal is an immersive, boundary-crossing journey that contributes to the creative process.  The experience places an indelible mark on the dance and naturally brings forth issues of identity, authenticity, and equality.

Celebrating 30 years of dance making, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a rare Asian American female-led touring company that honors and advances the dynamic spirit of Chinese American cultural tradition. A cross-cultural choreographer who aims to bring the audience across cultural boundaries, Nai-Ni Chen’s unique choreographic styles reflect the grace and splendor of the Chinese cultural traditions she studied in Taiwan, and the dynamic spirit of modern and contemporary dance she acquired in New York.  The Company’s contribution to the community has been honored by OCA, the leading national Asian American advocacy organization, NJ Chinese American Chamber of Commerce, and the International Institute in Jersey City.  The Company has toured extensively in the US and international festivals around the world and has the honor of more than 20 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

In the NYC area, the Company has been creating culturally relevant work to celebrate the Chinese New Year for Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx Community, Staten Island College, and NJPAC since 1996.  The Company is joined by a diverse array of Asian American performing artists in the Annual Imagine Ellis Island Festival produced in collaboration with the National Park Service since 2013.  Asian American dancers and musicians share the stage in the  CrossCurrent Festival at Flushing Townhall highlights the creativity of the Asian American community since 2014.  These programs serve to advance the visibility of the Asian American community.

 

Prominent Institutions, including the Lincoln Center Institute, the Joyce Theater,  Dancing in the Streets, NJ Ballet, Ballet Met, Dancing Wheels, and Baraka Sele at NJPAC all have commissioned notable works.  Our most recent tour, A Quest for Freedom, developed with the Ahn Trio, was premiered at the Philadelphia NextMove Festival.  The Company regularly rehearse in Gina Gibney Studios and the National Dance Institute.

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Programs of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company are made possible by 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 New Jersey Cultural Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, E.J. Grassman Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Cultural Ministry of the People’s Republic of China, the Live Music for Dance Program of New Music USA, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, the Rapid Response Program of American Dance Abroad, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Cultural Exchange Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PSEG, Proskauer, WAC Lighting, the Glow Foundation.

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​“Like visual poetry, Chen’s phrases… embodied an epic dignity.”

the Village Voice

 

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company creates innovative dances that reflect the hope and energy that propels the immigrant’s journey. Nai-Ni Chen has been making dances that bridge the grace of Asian elegance and American dynamism, for over thirty years. She has built a repertoire of 80 original works in collaboration with a diverse array of dancers, musicians, and visual artists.  The themes of the Company’s dances cover a wide range of subjects from Dragons on the Wall with Poet Bei Dao and Composer Joan La Barbara on the subject of Tiananmen Square to Space Oddity, with music by David Bowie adapted for the Ahn Trio which celebrates the boundless dynamism of the immigrant spirit, to Lion Dance, a traditional work created in collaboration with master acrobat XiaoDi Yang who now lives in Flushing.  

 

Choreography is developed with dancers from diverse backgrounds working collaboratively with Nai-Ni Chen, each rehearsal is an immersive, boundary-crossing journey that contributes to the creative process.  The experience places an indelible mark on the dance and naturally brings forth issues of identity, authenticity, and equality.

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