Honoring the Loss of Ms. Nai Ni Chen
Arts Horizons is deeply saddened by the loss of Ms. Nai-Ni Chen. We are honored to have worked with Nai-Ni and her company for nearly three decades to bring the rich tradition of Chinese Art into the schools and communities. Thousands of youth have participated in her live performance assembly programs, “The Art of Chinese Dance,” which introduces students to the elegance and beauty of Chinese culture. Through the language of movement, the dancers reveal the richness of China’s long history and complex heritage. During the pandemic, Ms. Chen and her company shared the artistry of Chinese dance to virtual classrooms presenting dances including the Ribbon Dance, Long Spear Dance, Fan Dance, Tai Ping Drum Dance and more.
We treasure the work of Nai-Ni Chen who has been dedicated to her dancers since 1982 working to integrate the concepts and aesthetics of Chinese classical art into the world of dance in America. The themes of her work range from the poetic drama in Chinese traditional legends, to the highly abstract, elegant lines of Chinese Calligraphy. Each dance reflects her personal vision as an Asian Artist living in America.
We honor the rich legacy of Ms. Chen and the artistic traditions she has shared with our communities. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones and her company members at this time.