CrossCurrent V brings Asian dance to Flushing
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 17, 2018 | 2610 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Sunday, April 15, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company collaborated with the Queens College Dance Program for the CrossCurrent V dance series in Flushing.

The event featured work from Yin Mei, the coordinator of the Queens College Dance program, and emergent choreographer dancer Huiwang Zhang.

Mei’s dance incorporated projection and visual art. She will be performing her new work in progress, titled Rhetorical Act. Having forged a dance style employing Chinese energy direction and spatial principles as a means of creating contemporary dance theater, Mei has established herself as a choreographer and performance/visual artist uniquely positioned to explore themes of artistic and spiritual significance arising at the intersection between Asian traditional performance and Western contemporary dance. She’s also currently at work on a dance theater work conjoining themes stemming from The Peony Pavilion with her own experiences growing up in China as a young dancer.

Following the performances, Flushing Town Hall Executive Director Ellen Kodedak moderated a panel discussion.

"We are excited to see these amazing dance artists that are rising in Queens, and we feel that Flushing Town Hall should be a place where they can feel at home," said Kodadek. "We are especially delighted to work with excellent artists of this caliber because it represents the quality and passion immigrant artists can bring to our community, through contemporary dance.”

“This is the reason we established CrossCurrent dance series," added Chen.

Zhang’s “About petroleum” was also performed at CrossCurrent V, and is centered around Chinese socialism and the postmodern agenda. For the piece, Zhang incorporated edited film excerpts taken from Joris Lvens, Jan Svankmajer and CCTV. Currently, his own artistic practice discloses the relationship between linguistic expression and body perception in different sociocultural contexts.

Additionally for CrossCurrent V, Chen showcased some of her most recent collaborations with Korean American musician, the Ahn Trio and visual artist Jayathi Morthy. She also showcased Bamboo Rap, her latest foray into the world of Hip-Hop, a collaboration with master Hip-Hop teacher and Graffiti Artist, DIster.

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