DANCE NEWS: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces Year of the Golden Ox Program & National Presenting Partners
Join the Chinese New Year Eve Celebration on February 11, 12 and 13
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company continues its 20+ years tradition of presenting a special production of the Chinese New Year. The Company is announcing a series of events for a colorful and vibrant special Chinese New Year Celebration of the Ox online. Audiences can register at the Company's website on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 11, 12, 13 2021. An one-hour special celebration that highlights the Company's repertory and guest artist's past notable performances will be featured Thursday night at 7:30PM. Three one-hour sessions will be offered on the following 2 days: 11:30AM, 3:30PM and 7:30PM.
The New York metropolitan area audiences have made the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company event an annual tradition in the past 20 years when the Company's productions were presented on the mainstage of NJPAC, Queens College, Brooklyn College and Staten Island. This year, because of the pandemic and closure of the stages, this program will be virtual and will enjoy the support of the professional stages across the country. In the NY Metro area, partners presenting the program includes Kupferberg Center of Queens College and the Brooklyn Public Library; in New Jersey, the Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College; in Chicago, Illinois, the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, at College of Lake County, Lone Tree Arts Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, and the Chandler Arts Center in Chandler, Arizona.
This special online virtual presentation will include the works of the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, the Renaissance Chinese Opera Society, World renowned, Guinesses World Record toe tip Acrobat Lina Liu, Master Balancing Acrobat Yang XiaoDi, Kuaiban Artist XingYe Ma, Kunqu actor Yaozhong Zhang, Yonghong Jia, Yi Chuan Yan, and others. Highlights of the program include the spectacular Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, and colorful folk dances such as the Coinstick Dance and Peacock Dance from Yunnan and YungGe from Central China. The New York Chinese Music Ensemble brings amazing instrumental music featuring Erhu, Ruan , Pipa, and the ancient Sheng, a reed instrument. The Renaissance Chinese Opera Society will showcase two legendary operas from their repertoire, Stealing the Magical Herb from the Tale of the White Serpent, and the Exodus of Wang Zhaojun. Besides dance and music, the program also include Chinese Variety Acts including Chinese acrobatics featuring the amazing Master Balance Acrobat Yang XiaoDi who was a member of the Big Apple Circus and the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, and Lina Liu, world record holder of the number of umbrellas balanced on her toe tio. Master Kuaiban (a form of rap originated over 200 years ago in Beijing) artist, fast-talking rapper Ma XingYe will showcase his extraordinary, mind-boggling skill of uttering 160 words per minute.
After the online performance viewing, the audience are invited to engage the artists live via chat to discuss the life of the artists and the music and dance they saw. The audience engagement portion will also be hosted by Asian American artists and organizers including violinist Jason Kao Hwang, Dancer/Choreographer Kerry Lee, Chen-Yu Tsuei, Zhongmei Li, and Lisa Gold of the Asian American Arts Alliance. Besides these artists, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company dancers will also be present.
The program aims to highlight the beauty, creativity and diversity in Chinese-American community by showcasing some of the most respected artists who are advancing and preserving the classical and folk traditions in America. It will be an eye-opening, informative and entertaining experience for audiences at any age.
To join the celebration online, the audience can register on the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company website: https://nainichen.org/yearofox. The cost of the program is free, recommended donation starts at $10. Contribution of more than $10 will receive additional rewards.
According to the Chinese calendar, family and friends should expect 12 months of joyful abundance in the Year of the Golden Ox. People born in the Year of the Ox are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. They are also calm, patient, methodical and can be trusted. This lively performance to mark the beginning of the year will warm the hearts and delight the senses of audiences of all ages, providing the necessary relief from the pandemic lockdown.