Dance Company Presents Pageantry of a Chinese Festival
A professional dance troupe that celebrates the color and pageantry of a Chinese festival is coming to Alma College.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, which performs dances from a diversity of cultural groups in China, such as Mongolian, Bai and Han, will stop in Alma on Tuesday, April 3.
The performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The dance company uses both traditional dances and costumes as well as modern experimental dances that fuse American modern dance with Asian art. The company’s productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation.
The company recently received a grant award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities and the Department of State to represent the United States in a seven-city tour arranged by the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico.
It has performed in the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival and the Konfrontations International Dance Festival, both in Poland, the Chang Mu International Arts Festival in Korea and the China International Dance Festival.
The company has received more than 12 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and several Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
It won the Golden Lotus Award, the highest honor for companies not based in China, at the First China International Dance Festival in Kunming Yunan.
The company is also a cultural ambassador for children and families with its program “The Art of Chinese Dance,” which reaches more than 40,000 young people each year.
Posted: Fri, March 23rd, 2007 at 2:13PM