About this project
New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is the titular Chinese cultural organization in the northeastern United States specializing in traditional performing and visual arts. Its core programs aim to support and present artists of the highest caliber. NYCCC has been commissioning new works since 2005 and showcasing emerging choreographers through DANCE CHINA NY, the resident dance company.
NYCCC operates a 5,000 square feet, loft-style, pillar-free studio space in downtown Manhattan. In order to offer full production presentations, we recently transformed our largest studio into a white-box performance studio with portable sound and lighting systems and marley floor available to dancers and choreographers. Portable seating risers are set up to provide a better viewing experience for audiences as well. The completed pop-up space will have a 20' x 40' performance space with a seating capacity of 70 - 90.
However, we don't have enough funds to purchase required lighting system and equipment. We hope we can raise enough funds here at KickStarter. Please support us to make this project happen.
FIRST CURATED DANCE SERIES PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The series will feature 3 to 5 choreographers in new works, works-in-progress, master classes and residency format and works in full production value. It aims to be the incubator for creativity that anchors cross culture and mix media in new works.
POP-UP Series is a new program as a result of utilizing quality working space for dancers and choreographers.
For the inaugural season, NYCCC plans to invite choreographers Dai Jian, Li Bin, Kevin Ho, Xuexin (Nico) Li, and Chihiro Shimizu for the POP-UP Series.
Dai Jian, from China, with roots in contemporary dance, classical dance, and Wushu Art, he has created improvisations, performance installations, and visual arts. Dai Jian began Wushu training at the age of 5 and has been creating his own work alongside a professional dance performance career since he was 18 years old. In 1998, he was awarded at the National Dance Competition in China, and in 2000, he won the New Stars in Performing Arts from Guangzhou City with his first solo creation.
Li Bin, raised in Shanxi, China, began his professional dance training at age 11 with Guangzhou Dance Academy. He was the principal dancer at Guangzhou Dance Theater from 1994 to 2004 where her performed, choreographed and participated in many national events and dance competitions. Li Bin then went to Beijing Dance Academy to pursue higher education in dance choreography and education. He received both BFA and Master Degree at BDA with honored achievement. Li Bin is an outstanding choreographer/educator who has been sharing his passion for dance in numerous way.
Kevin Ho, currently resides in NYC where he has been touring/ teaching internationally with Tiffany Mills Company since May of 2010. Recently he has also served as guest lecturer at Barnard College and Manhattanville College teaching Experiential Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology and Dance Improvisation. Born originally in NYC, Kevin had the wonderful privilege of growing up around the world in such energetic spaces as Shanghai, Madrid, Seoul, Taipei, San Diego, and San Francisco. This global consciousness continues to inspire and speak stories of resistance to him wherever he dances. Kevin is deeply committed to the daily discipline of movement engagement and performance research specifically in contact improvisation and dance scholarship.
Xuexin (Nico) Li, born in China, had the privilege of gaining formal Chinese dance training at the Performing Arts Academy of Chinese People's Liberation Army (CPLA). In 1993, she was selected by Chinese Cultural Bureau to tour in Europe with China Youth Dance Troupe and won the medal award in Youth Dance Festival in Romania. At the age of 16, she began dancing professionally and toured with Nanjing Qianxian Dance Troupe of CPLA. In 2005, Nico received scholarship from Singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where she studied with a concentration on contemporary dance and choreography, then to be accepted to join in during her senior year to complete her BFA at Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College (SUNY). Nico is currently resides in NYC where she has been performing with SYREN Modern Dance Company since September of 2009. Besides being a performer, Nico has also been cultivating a passion for promoting cultural exchanges.
Chihiro Shimizu, from Tokyo, Japan, started her ballet training in Hong Kong at the age of 6, and continued working with Saburo Yokose in Yokohama, Japan for seven years. She moved to the United States at the age of 15 for further education in dance and attended Conservatory of Dance at North Carolina School of Arts where she received high school diploma, and she graduated from SUNY Purchase College with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2009. She spent her summer of 2009 dancing for the Bessie Schonberg Choreographers' Residency at the Yard with Dana Katz and Joshua Monten.
Risks and challenges
Reaching broader dance audiences is always a challenge for any dance projects, but we are committed to build it from small. That's why we are creating the space for dancers and choreographers to a quality presenting and working space.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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