The Temptation of the Muses
October 17th 2012 · 0 Comments
Clinton, NY— The Mohawk Valley Dance Partnership presents a performance of Temptation of the Muses by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and the Ahn Trio on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts on the Hamilton College campus. This performance is a collaboration between choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and the Ahn Trio, who provide live music onstage.
Hailed as “a rare modern dance choreographer” by the New York Times, choreographer and dancer Nai-Ni Chen was a traditional dancer in the Republic of China and served on several ambassadorial culture missions to 19 countries around the world. An early member of the Cloud Gate Dance Theater in Taiwan, she graduated from the Chinese Cultural University in 1982 and came to America to seek her own voice in the world of contemporary dance. The inspiration for her dances often comes from the poetic motion of the Chinese painting brush, from folk rituals and ceremonies and from the phenomena of nature.
The Ahn Trio is comprised of sisters Angella (violin), Lucia (piano), and Maria (cello) Ahn. The Trio is known for performing new classical music, genre-crossing programming, and collaborations with other artists.
Nai-Ni Chen launched this collaboration with inspiration from a poem, “A Word for Freedom,” by Persian poet Latif Nazemi. “The poem talks about water, and water as a symbol of freedom,” she says. “In a lot of my work, I am very interested in nature, and in our human relationship with nature.” Chen named the piece Temptation of the Muses by taking the word “temptation” from Nazemi’s poem, and combining it with “muses” after the effect that all of the collaborators had on each other. “Muses is all of us, all of the collaborators involved,” Chen says. “We have inspired each other working together, not just the Ahn Trio and myself, but the composers, the costume and lighting designers, everyone.”
The Mohawk Valley Dance Partnership is a consortium of organizations that advances an understanding of dance across a broad spectrum of the community, inspiring people to make dance a meaningful part of their lives. Established in 1995, the consortium combines the talents and resources of community partners Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Hamilton College.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Discounts are available for Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute members. All seating is general admission. For more information, call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamiltonpa.org.