|H.T. CHEN & DANCERS continue their busy
25th Anniversary Year with a 2-week season, May 29-June 8, at La MaMa Annex,
where they have performed many times over the years.
During this landmark season, the Company has appeared in New York at
the Henry Street Playhouse and their own Mulberry Street Theatre; also
on tour in the East and Texas. Following the La MaMa season, they will
set off on tour again for residencies and performances in nine cities
throughout the U.S. The Chinatown-based Company has also been honored
this season with the 2002 NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARD "for
outstanding arts achievement and contribution to communities throughout
the State." Shanghai-born H.T. Chen was the proud recipient of this
honor at a star-studded event held last November at the Metropolitan Museum
For this special season, H.T. will present the World Premiere of a new
work to a specially commissioned score by Ushio Torakai, to be performed
live. This work has received support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable
Trust - Live Music for Dance Program.
Jennifer Dunning observed: "H.T. Chen has managed over the years
to blend traditional Chinese dance and Western modern dance in ways that
allow the traditional to retain its identity." (The New York Times,
May 2002). H.T. will revive one of his most notable fusion works for this
season - the 1993 "Opening the Gate," charged with intricate
group formations, martial arts references, and percussive rhythms, set
to an original score by Bradley Kaus.
Completing the performance will be a short documentary film by Don Quinn
Kelley on the 25-year history of CHEN & DANCERS.
MetLife Foundation is the proud sponsor of H.T. Chen Dance Company's
25th Anniversary Season.
Chen & Dancers has received support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable
Trust - Live Music for Dance Program New York State Council on the Arts
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs J.P. Morgan Chase Carnegie
Corporation New York Community Trust Alan J. Gerson Verizon Corporation.