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The CrossCurrent Dance Festival
is a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of the Asian American dance scene in the New York metropolitan area. Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
and presented by Flushing Town Hall, the festival aims to foster creative contemporary dance choreography in the Asian American Community. The festival will increase the visibility of Asian and Asian American dance, foster cross-cultural dialog and provide a more equitable context to discuss dance and its role in the NY/NJ dance communities.
The festival, in its 8th season, will be presented on the mainstage of Flushing Town Hall on SUN, APR 10, 2022 at 2 PM ET.
This year, panelists Andy Chiang
, Miki Orihara
and Peiju Chien-Pott
have selected four emergent Asian American choreographers to showcase their work at Flushing Town Hall as well as three choreographers whose performances were not shown in 2020 due to the pandemic. They are: Yuki Ishiguro, Chaery Moon, Chien-Ying Wang, Linda Kuo, Seyong Kim, Linda Kuo, Mamiko Nakatsugawa, and Rathi Varma
Choreographed by Chien-Ying Wang
Performed by Kiana Rosa Fischer and John Heiserman
LOSS looks within the human spirit. We are bombarded with news, frequently unwelcome news. Our spirits deflate. We risk paralysis amid fears that we cannot do anything to change our world. Having a positive attitude/approach and allowing time to heal can be helpful. Empowering the human psyche and nurturing perpetual hope are the primary goals of this piece.
The Moon Reflected in East Sea
Choreographed by Seyong Kim
Performed by Amy Saunder
"The Moon reflected in East Sea" is a solo contemporary dance performed by a female dancer in commemoration of So-nyeo-sang (Statue of Peace) in Korea. The Statue of Peace was erected to call for apology and remembrance. This is a symbol of the victims of sexual slavery, known as comfort woman by the Japanese military until the end of Pacific war that took place in World War II. East Sea is a political region between Korea and Japan of East Asia. Utilizing these themes regarding the diplomatic issue, this piece is not intended to reexamine international conflict in East Asia but to move forward with new insight of a peaceful co-existence in globalization. "The Moon reflected in East Sea" was premiered at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) in 2021, and this piece is dedicated to the late Nai-Ni Chen.
The Inner Light
Choreographed by Yuki Ishiguro
Performed by Yu Fujiwara, Joseph Heitman, Yuki Ishiguro, Vivake Khamsingsavath, and Namhui Kim