Year of the Pig/Nai Ni Chen Dance Company
Chinese New Year Celebration
Acrobats in colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, dancing dragons – they’re all here in Year of the Pig, a spellbinding celebration of the Chinese New Year and the end of the zodiac cycle, presented by N.J.’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.
For the 21st year, choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and her accomplished dancers produce a vibrant pageant in tribute to Chinese art and culture, this time in observance of the Year of the Pig, an occasion for abundant food, arts and festivities lasting a month long. This year, a bamboo-themed production was chosen by the choreographer, highlighted by a new dance, Bamboo Collection, an homage to this plant as a symbol of strength and endurance. To celebrate diverse Chinese folk cultures, the company offers the beautiful Peacock Trio to the music of Hulusi, a bamboo instrument.
Other attractions bound to delight audiences of all ages include the Double Lion Dance and a performance by acclaimed flutist Tao Chen. Renowned Kunqu artist Jenny Jia presents an excerpt from Chinese opera and the New Year festivities conclude with a visit by the auspicious dragon and the Dragon Dance.
For program details, click on Program Notes above.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received more than 15 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous Citations of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Chen and company specialize in “a remarkably smooth blend of the new and the old, as well as a confident, intensely personal approach to nature,” says The New York Times, which has described Chen’s dancers as “endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy.”
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Double Lion Welcome Spring
Spring Blossoms (Saturday only) (Nai-Ni Chen Youth Program)
Happy New Year (Sunday only) (Nai-Ni Chen Youth Program)
Peacocks Under the Moonlight
Chinese music: Flowing Water and Spring Comes to the Xiang River
Coin Stick Dance
Bamboo Rap II
Drunken Beauty: Peking Opera