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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents Year of the Water Rabbit

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Dancers perform with a dragon puppet.
Photograph: Courtesy of Anthony Alverez

Time Out says

A Queens tradition for more than a decade, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns to Kupferberg Center with a spectacular performance to welcome the coming of the Spring of 2023, the Year of the Water Rabbit. The performance on Sunday, February 5 combines traditional Chinese celebration with modern flair.

This year, to honor the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, the Company will present a new Lion dance with hip hop rhythm. The new work is a collaborative effort from Company’s Director of New and Contemporary Dance, PeiJu Chien-Pott, assisted by H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory’s Yvonne H. Chow, Lion Dance Master Henry Lee, and Hip-Hop legends Kwikstep and Rokafella.

The Company will also peform the festive "YungGe" (Harvest Song) from northern China, a beautiful and elegant "Peacock Dance" from the Southern Yunnan Province, a powerful martial art solo "Spear Dance" and the perennial favorite, the majestic "Dragon Dance." The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York will present two instrumental pieces, a Pipa Solo and an ensemble featuring Erhu (two string violin), Pipa (Lute) and Dizi (bamboo flute).

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan


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