Journey in the West | Dance Theater
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The colorful gala is the product of dozens of talented dancers, musicians and visual and multi-media artists of diverse backgrounds.
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville presents an evening dance theater performance, Journey in the West, at Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music.
The choreographer and artistic director is Jen-Jen Lin. Lin holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, taught dance at Trinity College, College of William & Mary, performed at professional dance companies, and was the artistic director of a major Chinese dance performing arts group in Taiwan. Lin founded Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville in Dec. 2002, to bring Chinese arts to the Nashville community. Lin has been presenting both traditional arts and contemporary to convey Asian American stories and experiences with the public. Her dance works include “Moon Goddess, “MuLan,” “QuYuan,” and “ Across the Milky Way.”
The coming performance is the product of dozens of talented dancers, musicians and visual and multi-media artists of diverse backgrounds, including transplants from the Philippines, China, Myanmar, Iran, Azerbaijan and elsewhere. “No matter where we are from, we thrive together, sharing our art, our experiences and our stories,” Lin said.
New and old ideas are explored in seven visually striking pieces. The theme of one, “Build,” is inspired by Nashville’s growth. Another is taken from a popular Chinese folk tale, “QiXi,” (pronounced “CheeSee”). It’s an ancient story of two lovers represented by the Vega and Altair stars in the sky. These star lovers meet only once a year – every 7th day of the 7th month – on a bridge of magpies across the Milky Way. “QiXi” in Chinese means Seventh Night.
Over the years, the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, now 15 years old, has woven itself into the city’s fabric. It flies largely under the radar, holding pop-up theater events and performing in parks, libraries, schools, and senior citizen centers, as well as putting on occasional larger, grander shows at the Martha Ingram Center for the Performing Arts.
Chinese Arts Alliance is grateful for the support from Metro Nashville Arts Commission, TN Arts Commission, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, Metro Parks Dance Department, and the Vanderbilt Dance Program. CAAN also appreciates the collaborative effort from Nashville School of the Arts, and Rejoice School of Ballet to make this production possible.
CAAN worked to make these performances open to everyone with affordable prices.
2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212