[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company with The Ahn Trio April 19-22

Anne-Marie Mulgrew AnneMarie at danceaffiliates.org
Tue Apr 10 18:07:28 EDT 2018



Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, in collaboration with The Ahn Trio, makes its company debut on the NextMove Dance Series in A Quest for Freedom, a new collaborative multi-cultural production, featuring live music and dance at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA April 19-22.  The Ahn Trio, three Korean sisters, Juilliard trained, have released six albums and are recognized for bringing the 21st century and youthfulness to chamber music.  Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Taiwanese born Nai-Ni Chen, is the recipient of 15 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her movement vocabulary draws from the flowing lines of Chinese calligraphy, to the explosiveness of martial arts, and contemporary western dance.

Performances take place Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm; Friday, April 20 at 8:00pm; Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, April 22 at 3pm. Tickets are $20-$62 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater Box Office, by phone 215-422-4580 or online http://princetheater.org/next-move.
Student Rush tickets are$10 day of the show available one hour prior to curtain and $20 in advance. Industry Rush are $20 day of show available one hour prior to curtain.


A Quest for Freedom, a full-length work, choreographed by artistic director Nai-Ni Chen, explores personal stories of leaving one's country, home and family and emigrating to a new place in search of freedom and dreams. It highlights the current societal, historical, national and international debate regarding immigration.  This 12-section work features seven dancers, three world-class musicians, stunning projections and props. Opening the program is Space Oddity, a full-company work inspired by the Ahn Trio's adaption of David Bowie's music which reminded Chen of her first visit to New York in 1982.  Concrete Stream features new music by Kenji Bunch for the Ahn Trio. Chen's choreography for Concrete Stream was inspired by Persian poet Latif Nazemi's "A Word for Freedom." Throughout the production the musicians and dancers are interconnected with the dancers relating to musicians and musicians moving alongside of the dancers.


Nai-Ni Chen notes. "A Quest For Freedom can be looked at in so many different ways.  It is an on-going quest truly for each one of us regardless of gender, race and the country we are living in."

Positioning, a duet section set to music by Ludovico Einaudi, Nuvole Bianch and Antônio Carolos Jobim, examines gender, power and a quest for harmony and resolution.  Full-ensemble sections include Shapes of Water to music by Pat Metheny, Path to music by Zoe Keating, Tomorrow to music by Chiel Meijering, Dreamland to David Bowie/Pat Metheny and Arrival to Kenji Bunch's "Night Flight," created along with "Concert Stream" especially for this production.


The program also features three musical selections performed by Lucia Ahn (piano), Maria Ahn (cello) and Angella Ahn (violin). These include Heart Asks Pleasure First, composed by Michael Nyman, Grooveboxes  by Kenji Bunch and Skylight  by David Balakrishnan, arranged by Kenji Bunch.










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