H.T. Chen's Young Audience Performance Series
H.T. CHEN & DANCERS YOUNG AUDIENCE PERFORMANCE SERIES
'EIGHT STROKES & THE MOVING WORD'
Contemporary Dances Influenced by Chinese Culture, including Calligraphy, the Martial Arts and Chinese Opera
30 performances - all at 10:30 AM
December 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19
January 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13
Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street (corner Mulberry & Bayard)
'Eight Strokes & the Moving Word' is an innovative one-hour performance with live narration, audience interaction, video presentation, and vibrant excerpts of both traditional and contemporary dance, performed by H.T. Chen & Dancers. This dance-based, educational presentation takes its title from the eight basic strokes of calligraphy, an exquisite art that has been a source of inspiration over the years for choreographer H.T. Chen. Performances will take place at the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street in Chinatown NYC, December 17-February 26 (total of 30 shows).
'Eight Strokes & the Moving Word' de-mystifies the process of choreography while providing at the same time a valuable lesson in Chinese history and culture. Through a combination of Chinese and modern dance, narration and audience participation, audiences learn about China and its folklore, and how they inspire the imagination to transform stories and ideas into movement.
The art of dance is made more accessible as the children learn how their capabilities for creativity and self-expression can become art. At the same time, their education in Chinese history and culture provides them with a universal perspective and inspires pride in their own ethnic backgrounds