In a collaboration effort by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York and Flushing Town Hall, the dynamic showcase will feature a sublime lineup.
"We are excited to see the stardom-like lineup of Nai-Ni, Kun-Yang and PeiJu, who are unquestionably among the leading forces of modern dance field in New York and across the country," said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall.
Chen first established her company in 1988. Since then, the company has grown to be one of the most widely toured and presented Asian American dance companies in the United States. Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received 16 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. They have also been on eight tours abroad and over 30 national tours, reaching 40 states in America.
In CrossCurrent IV, Chen will present two works: “Richter” and “Way of Five - Earth.” Choreographed by Niiijawon Matthews, “Richter” is inspired by the composer's ever changing display of an abstract environment of contrasting characters and ideas.
Meanwhile, “Way of Five - Earth” is the result of Nai-Ni Chen's third exploration of the ancient Chinese theory that the cycles of creation and destruction correspond to the ever-changing phenomena of nature, according to the artists. The 'Five' refers to the five elements, wood, water, metal, fire and earth. Each element, as part of the forces of nature, creates another in harmony and destroys another in conflict. This exploration is focused on the element Earth.
Lin is the founding Artistic Director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYLD) and co-founder of KYLD's CHI Movement Arts Center in Philadelphia. He is a Taiwan-born artist-educator who “dances in the spaces between East and West, the visible and invisible, innovation and tradition, the individual and collective,” according to event organizers.
His artistry is heavily influenced by his Buddhist and Taoist world views. Other influences include the internal energetic flows of many Eastern arts he has practiced over the years including tai chi, chi gong, calligraphy, meditation and Chinese opera movement.
Lin’s choreography is framed by ongoing cross-cultural research in dance as a medium for the integration of body, spirit and mind.
Chien-Pott is one of the most celebrated and well known contemporary dancers from around the world. The Taiwan native is a [principal dancer for the prestigious Martha Graham Dance Company and previously performed with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Korhan Basaran and Artists and Nimbus Dance Works.
"We are especially delighted to witness this combination because it represents the quality and passion our immigrant artists can bring to our community," Kodadek said.
Tickets for CrossCurrent IV are $16 and are available online at www.flushingtownhall.org or by phone at 718-463-7700 x 220. The event is free for teenagers with student ID.