The internationally acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will perform “Song of the Phoenix” at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Tickets for the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, are $5 for students and $10 for all others.
Dancer Nai-Ni Chen works to fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art in her company’s choreography, which the New York Times has described as “endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy.”
The company has mounted 20 national tours and seven tours abroad. The group also represented the United States in a seven-city tour arranged by the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico with support from a grant from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the U.S. Department of State.
Chen’s work has been presented at events including the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival and the Konfrontations International Dance Festival, both in Poland, and the Chang Mu International Arts Festival in Korea. At the China International Dance Festival, the group was honored with the Golden Lotus Award, the most prestigious honor for companies not based in China.
In addition, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received more than 12 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and multiple citations of excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The group’s show at WCU is part of the 2013-14 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. While on campus, their interaction with students will include teaching a master class.