CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Virtual Festival
FACEBOOK LIVE PART I: FRI, JUNE 26, 7 PM EDT
FACEBOOK LIVE PART II: FRI, JULY 3, 7 PM EDT
The CrossCurrent Dance Festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of the Asian American dance scene in the New York metropolitan area. Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and presented by Flushing Town Hall, the virtual festival aims to foster creative contemporary dance choreography in the Asian American Community by showcasing new works by Asian American choreographer and in-depth discussion with the artists and Nai-Ni Chen. The festival will increase the visibility of Asian and Asian American dance, foster cross-cultural dialog and provide a more equitable context to discuss dance and its role in the NYC dance communities.
The festival, in its 6th season, will be presented virtually at Flushing Town Hall’s FB Live (www.facebook.com/flushingtownhall) account on Friday, June 26 and Friday, July 3, 2020 at 7 PM EDT.
Nai-Ni Chen has been hailed as a Spiritual Choreographer by Dance Magazine and recipient of multiple choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, She has been creating dances professionally for over thirty years in the United States, resulting in over 80 original works. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is one of very few professional contemporary Dance Company led by an Asian American woman. To date, Nai-Ni has taken her Company to 12 countries around the globe and in major venues around the United States.
Peiju Chien-Pott joined the Graham Company in 2011. She received the Positano Premia La Danza 2014 award for Best Contemporary Dancer, was named one of the year’s “Best Performers” in 2014 and 2017 by Dance Magazine, was an honoree of the “Women’s History Month” by Hudson County and received a 2017 Bessie award for Outstanding Performer. Ms. Chien-Pott has created lead roles by many of the world’s most celebrated choreographers including Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, and Andonis Foniadakis. She graduated with a BFA. from Taipei National University of the Arts, and has since been honored with their Outstanding Alumni Award. She recently received an Outstanding Dance Artist Award from the government of Taiwan.
Miki Orihara is known for her Bessie Award-winning career with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has performed on Broadway, and with Elisa Monte, SITI Company, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus and in productions by Rioult Dance, Twyla Tharp, Anne Bogart and Robert Wilson. She is a sought after teacher and coach working with the Kirov Ballet, Japan’s New National Theater Ballet School, the Ailey School, New York University, The Hartt School, L’ete de la Danse (Paris) and is Dance Director for Mishmash*Miki Orihara and Martha Graham Dance technique DVD(2018). Orihara is currently the curator /director of NuVu Festival.
Part I (June 26) - Selected Works and Artist Bios
Artist Name: Rourou Ye
Work Title: The Absent Umbra
Work Description: The work was created about three weeks ago with the prompt of " exploring the idea of what it is like for dancers to 'duet' with objects or explore the relationship with their other self – the shadow, during a time of self-quarantine.” The prompt is given by the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance for its online performance festival on May 16. During the creation of the work, Rourou has discovered how to choreography not only for the content of dance but also for the camera, and she was exploring how to create this dance for the live stream and screen-viewing experience only.
Artist Bio: Rourou Ye is a dance artist born and raised in China. She trained rigorously in Chinese dance in a conservatory setting for over 10 years since 12 years old, followed by studies in contemporary American and European dance and theater practices since her early 20s. In 2015, she left her three years position as an instructor and choreographer in the Musical Theater department at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, one of China’s top conservatories, and relocated to the USA to pursue her dance career. She holds a BFA in Choreography from Shanghai Theater Academy and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. For the past three years, her work has been supported through Artist-in-Residency by GIBNEY, BAAD!, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, Pepatian, Yangtze Repertory Theater of America and The Creators Collective. Her work has been presented by GIBNEY, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, The Field, Dixon Place, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, LMCC, Arts on Site, Austin Dance Festival(TX), Venice Art Factory (Italy), among others.
Artist Name: Yuki Ishiguro
Work Title: The Inner Light
Work Description: This is the process - human experience during long way of life. A lot of experience outside and inside of human mind.
Artist Bio: Yuki Ishiguro, Japanese native, artistic director of dance company "Yu.S.Artistry". Yuki trained ballet to Break dance in Japan, then moved to NY in 2009 to study contemporary dance. From his experiences he created his own dance style and signature movements, which has been praised by several dance reviews. Yuki has worked and toured with Roxey ballet, Catapult entertainment, Emery LeCrone dance, etc. Also he has been created and presented his own pieces. From 2018 Yuki started his own company Yu.S.Artistry fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts. His work has been presented at Booking dance festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, DUMBO dance festival, MAD festival at Nazareth college, Come together dance festival at Suzanne Roberts theater, International dance festival by Nickerson Rossi dance at performance garage in Philadelphia, etc. They've done their own evening length show "Shifting Tides" at Actors Fund Arts center in 2019.
Part II (July 3) - Selected Works and Artist Bios
Artist Name: Barkha Patel
Work Title: Aravani
Work Description: Aravani (transgender) is a male identifying as female. Aravani is about a woman rejoicing the outlawing of section 377 of the Indian Constitution, which deemed “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” illegal. As she sings a prayer to Bahuchara, goddess central to Indian transgenders, this Aravani recalls her journey of being ostracized by her family, searching for a sense of belonging and reigniting a flame within to be her unabashed self.
Artist Bio: Barkha Patel is an Indian classical kathak dancer, choreographer and educator. As a preservationist of kathak dance, Barkha believes in sharing stories through abhinaya, deep facial expressions and nritta, traditional and innovative movement. As the principal soloist (2007-2016) in her Guru, Rachna Sarang’s dance company, Barkha has performed 60-minute solos in the U.S. and India for former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and alongside musicians, such as flautist Rakesh Chaurasia. In 2018, she was invited to perform for Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out series as an Indian Classical soloist. Recently, Barkha completed her choreographic fellowship with Jersey Moves. Currently, she is working on her first ensemble full evening production called Mukta, A Woman Liberated. Mukta is about unearthing the Goddess within. Through original music and poetry, this work is about women reclaiming their inner strength to break down cultural barriers that keep them from achieving their dreams. As an educator, Barkha conducts dance classes and master workshops in New York and New Jersey. These classes inspire both young and adult students become more aware of their physical strength and grace while also learn the history and culture of the Indian heritage.
Artist Name: Chaery Moon
Work Title: Algorithm: randomforest
Work Description: In current society, we use Artificial Intelligence in many different forms. Is technology invented for what purpose? What is behind technology? Is technology benefit human? Throughout my creative procedures of this idea, I imagined feelings in ‘AI living things’. How they move their bodies? Can they express internal thoughts by physical movement? If so, how would they move? Those endless questions inspired me to create this duet.
Artist Bio: A native of Seoul, Korea, choreographer and dancer Chaery Moon is immersed in both classical ballet and contemporary dance, and mines her choreographic inspirations from painting, sculpture, light, music, and nature. After earning a BFA from The Juilliard School, she danced professionally with Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon in France. She returned to academia, and holds an MFA in Dance and Technology from NYU’s Tisch Dance. Armed with a diverse array of experiences in the arts, she forges her choreographic path by bringing together physical movement and the complexities of what it is to be human. Her dances are further enhanced by the interactive art, technology, and film she creates, as well as by multimedia collaborations with composers, costume designers, and visual artists. (website: chaerymoon.com)
Artist Name: Chien-Ying Wang & Paul C. Ocampo
Work Title: Equanimity
Work Description: Equanimity investigates the different phases of love: marriage, friendship, and partnership – how we create beauty amidst misfortunes and disagreements, and the eternal tension between duty & desire, good & evil, wants & needs, the Yin & Yang of life.
Chien-Ying Wang, Co-Artistic Director of OcampoWang Dance, received her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. Wang danced professionally with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre and was a Bogliasco Fellowship finalist. She performed solo roles in several classical ballets, plus contemporary works by Zvi Gotheiner, Gideon Obarzanek, Susan Hadley, Stephen Koester, Molissa Fenley, Douglas Nielsen, Shapiro & Smith, and many others. Wang’s choreographic works has been presented in Ballet Philippines, Lustig Dance Theatre, RDT, OSU, Boston Conservatory, National Taiwan University of Arts, Beijing Normal University (China), Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, 92nd Street Y, and Cultural Center of the Philippines, amongst others.
Paul C. Ocampo, Co-Artistic Director of OcampoWang Dance, received his M.F.A. from OSU. He choreographed and performed with Ballet Philippines and Singapore Dance Theatre (17 years). He worked with Susan Hadley, Victoria Uris, Bebe Miller, Douglas Nielsen, Zvi Gotheiner, Graham Lustig, Jean Paul Commelin, Leigh Warren, Norman Walker, Alice Reyes, Gener Caringal, Agnes Locsin, Edna Vida, Anthony Then, and Goh Soo Khim. His works have been presented in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and U.S.A. Paul was awarded the Utah Arts Council Individual Artist Project Grant, Fulbright Fellowship and was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University before joining Rutgers University.