Jan. 10, 2006
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NAI-NI CHEN DANCE CO.
TO PERFORM CHINESE NEW YEAR
MANY OTHER DANCES, JAN.
20 AT SRU; TICKETS AVAILABLE
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– The world-renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Co. will perform
“Lion Dance,” a 3,000-year-old routine and Chinese New
Year tradition, as well as several other colorful dances, when it
appears Jan. 20 at Slippery Rock University.
Tickets are available for the 7:30 p.m. performance in
SRU’s Miller Auditorium. Prices are $12 for adults; $10 for
those 62 and older or 17 and under and $7 for SRU students. Call
Nai-Ni Chen, based in New Jersey, has performed in
35 states, as well as China, Poland and Guatemala and won numerous
awards. The company’s performance is part of SRU’s new
ING Performing Arts Series, launched to bring quality arts
entertainment to the region.
Here is the program:
The Lion Dance is a
prayer for peace, because in it a playful child leads a powerful
beast and other dancers don animal costumes. The child and
beast playing together symbolize harmony on earth, and is performed
at the beginning of the year.
Chopstick Dance originated in Inner Mongolia. During
festival celebrations, Mongolian people gather and enjoy a
feast. Afterwards, they dance with the chopsticks to express
joy and happiness. Circular gestures signify a
Mongolian’s life on horseback.
Lu Wen-Long, the
This dance is taken from the Chinese Kunque Opera, which
has more than 500 years of history. Legends say Lu Wen-Long
was born in a Han military family in Sung Dynasty, but was abducted
by the Manchurians and grew up among the enemy of the Han.
The costume includes high platform shoes and the bird’s
feather on his headdress, symbolizing courage.
Spring on the Han
The Fan and Handkerchief
Dance is from Northeast China where the people are mostly
farmers. During the harvest, villagers gather in the field
and dance with fans and scarves as part of the celebration.
This duet expresses the joy and love between a young
This dance draws
inspiration from the choreographer’s childhood memory of the
city where she was born, Keelong. The city is also known as
the “Rain City” in Taiwan.
The book I-Ching says,
"The Tao is ever changing, alternating movement without
rest." As nature unfolds at a vibrant pace, so does
life's journey, interpreted in this dance.
In China, there are over 55 ethnic groups. The
peacock is considered sacred bird among the Dai people in Yunnan
province. In this dance, many movements are derived from the
imitation of the peacock drinking water, walking, running and
grooming its feathers.
In this dance, drawn for
the Dragon Boat Festival in summer, the blue flag symbolizes the
waves in the water, which lead the dancers and racers to their
victory. The colorful ribbons symbolize the prosperity of the