The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at the Akwaaba Gallery
Fri, Nov 29, 2019 - 6:00pm
509 S Orange Ave
509 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103
United States

Free and Open to the Public
Space Limited.
Please RSVP to 917-260-9122


Join the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for a special event: Akwaaba at Night in Newark's most exciting new gallery space, Akwaaba, for a new and unexpected experience in response to Akwaaba's brand new Graffiti exhibit titled: Dirty Dozen. This is the first time for Nai-Ni Chen to return to Newark visual arts venues since her last appearance at Aljira in Newark in 2016.
In Akwaaba's gallery setting, choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and the dancers will be navigating, reacting and dancing with the graffiti in the gallery and they will be showing fresh choreography based on the artworks exhibited. For one night only, come experience the creative process in this unique and intimate setting and witness how this ground-breaking choreographer creates new work for a gallery at night.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Nai-Ni Chen has been making dances professionally for over thirty years since coming to the US. She has built a diverse repertoire of over 80 original works and toured to major venues in the US and international festivals in 12 countries around the world. A cross-cultural choreographer who aims to bring audience across the cultural boundaries, she has developed unique movement and choreographic styles that reflect the grace and splendor of the Chinese cultural traditions she studied in Taiwan since youth and the dynamic spirit of modern dance that she acquired in New York from luminaries such as Mary Anthony, Bertram Ross, Doris Rudko and Patricia Rowe. 
Nai-Ni Chen has received multiple Choreographer Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has been a principal affiliate of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was a resident artist of the Harlem School of the Arts. Her contribution to the immigrant cultural experience has been honored by OCA and the International Institute. Commissions have come from the Joyce Theater Foundation, the Lincoln Center Institute, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Towson University, Dancing in the Streets, New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Met, and the Cleveland Dancing Wheels. Nai-Ni is currently in residence in New Jersey City University creating a new dance program for the university in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet School as well as pioneering a program with the University's Laboratory School for children with multiple disabilities.