The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Boar on February 17, 2007, the day of the Lunar New Year's eve, and a fantastic festival is being planned. This year, the Company not only has planned on a celebration of dance but, in recognition of the adundance of luck that the Boar can bring, it has also invited world-renowned acrobat XiaoDi Yang to share the stage with traditional favorites such as the Lion Dance and the Dragon Dance. With support from Live Music for Dance of the American Music Center, Nai-Ni Chen will also perform a new solo dance, the Dream of Duanhuang, with music by noted Chinese composer and flutist Tao Chen. Mr. Tao will utilize research that he did at Beijing University and Cambridge University on Chinese Tang Dynasty music of three thousand years ago to create the score. Besides the lively, colorful stage performance, folk artist HoTien Cheng will greet the audience and will showcase his world-famous freehand papercut technique throughout the festival.
While the arts feed the soul, a Chinese celebration would not be complete without an oversized feast. The Company has commissioned a sumptous 12-course meal prepared by award-winning Chef Ni of the Chinatown Restaurant in Harrison. The feast will be held immediately after the show at the New Jersey Ballroom of the Robert Treat Hotel, across the street from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Tickets should be reserved as soon as possible.
Date & Time: Saturday, February 17, 2007. Performance 2 pm, Banquet 4 pm. Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ Directions: www.njpac.org
Tickets: $75/Adult; $25/Children; Corporate sponsor tables are available. Call (800)650-0246 for tickets and information.