H.T. Chen (recipient of a 2009 Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture) will present his company of thirteen dancers in his "Shift" and excerpts from "Apple Dreams," two reflections of Chen's love for New York. The Shanghai native has established himself as a major force on the New York dance scene; at his Chinatown headquarters, he founded his company in 1978; his thriving school in 1980; and his Mulberry Street Theater (now called the Chen Dance Center) in 1988. Performances are November 5-8 at La MaMa Annex Theatre, 74A East 4th Street.
The season will see a reworking of excerpts from "Apple Dreams," (2007) in which Chen creates a fantastical world through his masterful use of space, dynamics and imagery. In one scene, the ensemble of dancers fills the space with running, shouting, and spinning - creating a vortex of energy.
"Shift" (2006) is a bold company work with scenes of urban life that include subways, sleepers, lovers and dreamers. "Shift" delves into the recesses of the sleeping mind, playing out the beautiful, surreal, exciting, and often eerie life of dreams.
Composer for both works is Fitz Patton, who has created scores, and sound and effect fields for classic and contemporary dramas and dance. His work has been presented at the Lincoln Center Festival, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, The Juilliard School, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, and many other theaters in NYC and around the U.S.
Chen Dance Center gratefully acknowledges the MetLife Foundation as the Official Season Sponsor, and the Ford Foundation for generous support for expansion of its artist space and programming.
This concert is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
"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."
Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times