CrossCurrent VI returns to Flushing in April
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Dancers practicing the Bamboo Rap (Photo by Vany Photography)
Dancers practicing the Bamboo Rap (Photo by Vany Photography)
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Flushing Town Hall is collaborating with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to present a lineup in CrossCurrent VI, featuring the Nai-Ni Chen and collaborator New Asia Chamber Music Society.

"We are excited to see the Nai-Ni here to showcase her upcoming new work," says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director.

Nai-Ni Chen first established her company in 1988 and has since grown to be one of the most widely toured and presented Asian American dance companies in the United States, with 18 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, eight tours abroad and over 30 national tours, reaching 40 states in America.

Her works have been commissioned by the Joyce Theatre Foundation, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Met and Dancing Wheels. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is currently in residence at the New Jersey City University in Jersey City.

Well known for her collaboration with renowned composers for original music such as Tan Dun, Jason Kao Hwang, Joan La Barbara, Kenji Bunch and Glen Velez, Nai-Ni Chen started the CrossCurrent series at Flushing Town Hall in 2013 focusing on collaborative works with artists from around the world.

In this sixth installment of CrossCurrent, Nai-Ni Chen will be featuring two new works in progress.

The first is Bamboo Rap, a collaboration of Nai-Ni, several hip-hop artists such as Kwikstep and Rockafella, DJ Cool-V from New York and Newark, NJ, Chinese bamboo rap artist Xing Ye Ma and Yuchen Jin from Beijing.

Movement for Bamboo rap is a conglomeration of Peking Opera, Martial Art, Hip-Hop and contemporary dance. Nai-Ni Chen is planning on using this newly mixed vocabulary to tell the story of the Chinese American immigration past and present.

The New Asia Chamber Music Society will be showcasing a new piano trio piece by upcoming composer Lan-In Winnie Yang.

The New Asia Chamber Music Society (NACMS) was founded in 2010 by an entrepreneurial group of young Asian-American virtuosi. Propelled by a shared passion for classical chamber music performance, the members of NACMS are prize winners of world renowned international competitions, graduates from America's most prestigious music schools, including The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, and appear regularly on major stages across the globe.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is continuing to open its doors to teenagers for free. Under the new "Teen Access Program", all 13- to 19-year-old teenagers will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Tickets for CrossCurrent VI are available online at www.flushingtownhall.org or by phone at 718-463-7700 x 220. Stay after the show and learn more about the artists.

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