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Parents' Weekend at FSU to Feature Chinese Festival with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

This fall, the Parents' Weekend festivities at Frostburg State University will feature a performance of the Chinese Festival with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8:30 p.m. in the Cordts Center Main Arena.

Blending tradition with innovation, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company fuses the power and elegance of Chinese art forms with the dynamic and liberated world of contemporary dance.

Choreographer Nai-Ni Chen uses a unique dance vocabulary inspired by Chinese and Zen calligraphy, ceremonies, folk rituals and nature to create a new model for Asian dance in the United States. Many of her works use themes from ancient Chinese poetic drama to reflect and explore contemporary issues. Her dances explore the common ground between tradition and innovation, freedom and discipline, spirit and form.

Now a world-renowned performer, master teacher and choreographer, Chen immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1982 with dreams of creating a new style of dance to represent her distinctive vision. She entered New York University as a professional dancer after having toured with a Chinese Performing Arts troupe that brought her native land's culture and dance to 26 countries.

Since its formation in 1988, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received fellowships, awards and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Jih-Sun Foundation, among others, for its creative new works and contributions to the preservation of tradition. In addition to its active performance schedule, the Company offers education outreach to schools throughout the country.

This Asian-American dance company celebrates the heritage and achievement of community by exploring issues of identity, authenticity and equality. An evening with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company promises to be an elegant and enchanting experience for all ages.

For ticket information and purchases, call or visit the CES Box Office, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office is located at Frostburg State University in the Lane University Center, Room 235, and can be reached at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Online ticketing powered by CyberSeats is available at the Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series Web site at

The 2002-2003 CES Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. This production is presented in partnership with the FSU Campus Activities Board. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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