The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company needs your help to support our 25th anniversary New York season on April 26th at 8pm and April 27th at 3pm at the Peridance Capezio Theater on 126 East 13th Street with a program that samples the live music the Company has commissioned for Nai-Ni Chen’s work in the past fifteen years.
The program features Ms. Chen’s most recent collaboration, Not Alone, with composer Chen Yi and the Prism Saxophone Quartet. Not Alone is Nai-Ni Chen’s exploration into the realm of identity, independence and introspection. She questions if one can truly be alone with the multiple identities and roles we play every day and every moment, and with our heroic struggle to be independent. A famous Tang Dynasty Poem by Li Bai, Drinking Alone Under the Moon, served as the beginning of the exploration. Besides the internationally acclaimed Prism Saxophone Quartet, Nai-Ni Chen has invited five world renowned musicians to join the performance: the Ahn Trio, Glen Velz and Joan La Barbara, all of whom will perform live to showcase their work with the Company. Joined by Joan La Barbara, the Company performs Incense, a quartet to the composer’s voice over tape, commissioned by the Company in 2011. Incense has toured all over the world to Asia, Europe and North America. The Ahn Trio and Nai-Ni Chen created a production, Temptation of the Muses, in 2010 that has toured across the United States and Canada. The Company will perform the poetic sextet, Concrete Stream, composed by Kenji Bunch for the production. Glen Velez, one of the world’s leading hand-drum masters and an expert in Central Asian Music, wrote the music for Whirlwind that was choreographed for 8 dancers by Nai-Ni Chen in 2013. Mr. Velez will share an excerpt of the new work in this concert. Company dancers to appear in this concert are: Greta Campo, Justin Dominic, Jenna Graves, Eun Kyung Hong, Daniel Johnson, James Johnson, Yoosik Kim and Kristen Lau. After the concert, the choreographer, composers and musicians will share their thoughts with the audience about the unique experience in creating and performing a concert of live music and dance, crossing genre and culture together.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company would like to thank New Music America (formerly American Music Center), and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust* for supporting live music for dance for the past fifteen years. Ms. Chen has developed other works with great composers: Unbroken Thread with Jason Kao Hwang, Earth with Gerald Chenoweth and Dream of Duanhuang with Tao Chen. Each of these dance/music collaborations has made significant impacts on the Company and the audience. Ms. Chen is also thankful to the late Doris Rudko, who introduced her to the unbroken ties between music and dance when she came to America to study at New York University. Additional commissioning support for her effort came from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Alternate Routes program curated by Baraka Sele. The Company also gratefully acknowledges the support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Joanne Rile Artists Management and the many presenters who brought our works to their communities. Last, but not least to its many fans and audiences throughout the world.
Risks and challenges
In addition to the challenge to performing to live music, the Company is premiering a new dance to live music composed by Chen Yi and performed by the Prism Quartet. The Prism Saxophone Quartet will be meeting with the Company for the first rehearsal only two days before the concert.
We are also challenged with rehearsal space. Only recently, we have found a semi-permanent location for the Company to rehearse so we do not have to be running around between studios. Sometimes, a 4 hour rehearsal with Nai-Ni Chen means two hours in one place and then moving to a much smaller studio for another hour and half.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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