Dance China NY Performs at TAMIU Sept. 28 for ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’

Dance China NY Performs at TAMIU
Sept. 28 for ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’

Dance China Publicity Photo
photo credit: Richard Termine

A rare opportunity to experience traditional Chinese dance and music performance will occur at the Mid-Autumn Festival, part of Texas A&M International University’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. in TAMIU’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Guest artists are Dance China NY, America’s premier traditional Chinese dance company.

Tickets are $5 per person and available at the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 262. They will also be available at the door on the night of the performance.  For more information, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 326.2175.

As part of an effort to promote Asian culture and trade, Dr. Jacky Yuk-chow So, dean of the College of Business Administration, invited the New York Chinese Cultural Center to provide traditional Chinese dance and music.

“We hope that it will provide a unique opportunity for people living in Laredo to interact with each other, even though their cultural background may be different. In the longer term, we hope the event will bring about a partnership with the Asian community to help us develop a center to promote Asian culture and trade,” explained Dr. So.

The effort grew from a visit by TAMIU leaders to China last year.

Last September, University president Dr. Ray Keck, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Dan Jones and Dr. So joined Mayor Betty Flores on a visit to China to promote culture and trade between Laredo and China.

Manhattan-based Dance China NY (DCNY) is in residence at the New York Chinese Cultural Center. It was founded in 1973 in New York City’s Chinatown.

DCNY dance and musicians include internationally-renowned artists from performance stages and academies throughout mainland China, Taiwan and the U.S.

They perform a vast and dynamic range of Chinese dance and Peking Opera styles, transporting audiences to a world of colorful myths, historical drama and timeless beauty.

Through dance, the performers weave a vibrant vision of China’s ancient indigenous folk cultures across varied terrains of time and region, legend and reality.  They evoke the haunting beauty and melancholy of imperial courtesans, recreating rousing carnival rhythms of a harvest festival, and conjure up the dramatic beating of drums and the clashing of swords on a distant battlefield.

Noted for pieces with powerful grace and contained elegance, DCNY performs regularly throughout the US for audiences of all ages.  They have toured to hundreds of cities across 23 states, bringing the movements and rhythms of China to communities large and small.

Annually, DCNY performs at 500 events, reaching a combined audience of over 180,000 people.  DCNY also teaches Chinese dance and visual arts to over 300 students a year the New York Chinese Cultural Center’s community School of the Arts.

For additional information, visit their website at www.chinesedance.org

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu