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The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will be participating in the second annual Lunar New Year Celebration organized by the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of its 60th Anniversary Season on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Recipient of China’s prestigious Golden Lotus Award, choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and her company will once again take Brooklyn Center’s audiences on a visually delightful, culturally rich tour of the 3,000-year-old Chinese civilization. This year’s celebration honors The Year of the Sheep -- a year of peace, love, and woolly gentleness according to the Chinese calendar.

Graceful dancers and dazzling acrobats will portray a variety of characters from Chinese lore, including dancing lions, dragons that fly out of the ocean, and the nomadic, sheep-herding tribes of China, all in a pageant of color, beauty, and excitement. The company has partnered with the Consulate General of China to bring 10 distinguished guest artists from China to perform, hailing from SiChuan and Beijing.

The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, the oldest, largest, and only full-scale Chinese orchestra in the United States, will once again perform in this year’s celebration, accompanying the dancers with traditional instruments such as pear-shaped lute and hammered dulcimer. Last year’s celebration, commemorating The Year of the Horse, also included authentic Peking Opera performers, as well as traditional ribbon and fan dances and the famous dragon dance. This year’s audiences can expect similar pageantry and spectacle. The festivities extend into the lobby, where an arts and crafts display showcases more of the culture and creativity of the Chinese-American community.

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company includes dancers Tyler Brown, Greta Campo, Chloe Crade, Yoo Sik Kim, Kristen Lau, Kyung Joon Lee, Nijawwon Matthews, Bo Pang, Ying Shi, Yao Zhong Zhang, Min Zhou, Guidong Zhou, and Guixuan Zhuang, along with various guest artists. The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York will also perform as part of the program.

Tickets can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue.-Sat., 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.).

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