Nai-Ni Chen to Infuse UT with Chinese Culture, Dance

KNOXVILLE — Traditional and modern Chinese dance performers, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will create a theatrical feast for the public at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Tickets are $5 for UT students, $20 for UT faculty and staff and $25 for general admission. Tickets to the event can be purchased online at http://knoxvilletickets.com/ or at any Tickets Unlimited outlet. They also can be purchased at the ticket office in UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena. UT students, faculty, and staff may purchase tickets at the Central Ticket Office in the University Center on campus.

Nai-Ni Chen’s inventive choreography has propelled her dance company to international prominence. The company’s performances blend significant influences from American modern dance and traditional Asian art into what The New York Times calls “endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy.”

Recently, the company received an appointment from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities and the Department of State to represent the U.S. in a seven-city tour of Mexico. In addition, the National Endowment for the Arts has granted Nai-Ni Chen more than 12 awards.

To date, the company has mounted 20 national tours and seven tours abroad.

Nai-Ni Chen is co-sponsored by UT’s Cultural Attractions Committee and the International House.

C O N T A C T :

Sarah Kim, CAC Press Secretary (865-974–5455, skim64@utk.edu)

Bridget Hardy (865-974-2225, bhardy4@utk.edu)