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Nai-Ni Chen and the Ahn Trio Preview

Bloomsburg -The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series will be wrapping up yet another successful season by welcoming the Nai-Ni Chen dance company and the Ahn Trio in, “The Temptation of the Muses.”

On Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m., the Nai-Ni Chen dance company will take the stage at the Haas Center for the Arts, with the Ahn Trio accompanied by. The Nai-Ni Chen dance company is a mixture of American modern and contemporary dance styles, while also integrating Chinese classical arts. Choreographer and Artistic Director, Nai-Ni Chen, is considered to be a “spiritual choreographer,” according to Dance Magazine. Originally from China, Chen moved to America to express her own style of contemporary dance in 1982, after graduating from the Chinese Cultural University. Chen started the world-renowned dance company in 1988, and has continued to make a name for herself ever since. Her greatest influences for choreographing come from the “poetic motion of the Chinese painting brush, from folk rituals and ceremonies and from the phenomena of nature.”

Accompanying the Nai-Ni Chen dance company will be the Ahn Trio, a classical music group consisting of three sisters. Angella Ahn will play the violin, with Lucia Ahn on the piano and Maria Ahn on cello. Born in Korea, the Ahn Trio moved to New York City in 1981, where they began training at the Julliard School. It wasn’t until 1987, when Time Magazine featured the Trio, that they received their first break, gaining recognition across the United States.

On Friday at 4:30 p.m., the Ahn Trio and the Nai-Ni Chen dance company will be holding a workshop to discuss live music and choreography in Carver Hall. Both the company and the trio are recognized or combining various styles of music and dance to create something new. Tickets for the performance will be sold at the door for $34.50 for adults, $19.50 for children and $17 for BU students with I.D.

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