Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Exciting dance performance to showcase at HLSCC

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s Performing Arts Series will feature the exciting Chinese dance group, Nai-Ni Chen, as part of its next concert to be held on Saturday, April 24 at the Paraquita Bay Auditorium.

The group’s performances fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendour of Asian art, and its productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline.

Nai-Ni-Chen performs “like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy,” says the New York Times.

As choreographer and dancer herself, Nai-Ni Chen is an artist whose work defies categorisation, as she is continually working on new ideas from influences around the world.

Her mesmerizing and dramatic contemporary choreography has gained increasing recognition among domestic and international presenters and festivals.

Recently, the company was honoured by a distinctive grant award from both the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, and the Department of State to represent the United States in a seven-city tour of Mexico.

It also has the unique honor of having received more than 12 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

In the First China International Dance Festival, the China Dance Association presented to the company its most prestigious honour for companies not based in China, the Golden Lotus Award.

To date, the company has mounted 20 national tours and seven tours abroad.

The performance at HLSCC will feature 11 members of the company. The group will also perform in a Student Outreach Show on Friday, April 23 at the College Auditorium from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is by pre-registration only.

The College’s Performing Arts Series this season has featured a wider variety of artists, including gospel, opera, soca, reggae, classic, jazz and now dance performances.

Tickets for Saturday night’s dance show are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door, and are available at LIME, HLSCC Bookstore, Road Town Bakery, Umi Fashions and Sunny Caribbee. HLSCC faculty and staff tickets are $20, and College and secondary school students, $10. Primary school students admitted free.

LIME and FirstBank Virgin Islands are platinum sponsors of the College’s Performing Arts Series, while several other local companies have also supported financially.

For more information and registration for the outreach show, please call Coordinator of the Performing Arts Series, Linette Baa, 852-7223.

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