News: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company & Flushing Town Hall announce Virtual CrossCurrent Choreographic Festival

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has announced the Virtual CrossCurrent Choreographic Festival, in collaboration with Flushing Town Hall, on Friday, June 26, 2020, 7pm-8:15pm EDT and Friday, July 3, 2020, 7pm-8:15pm EDT. 

The CrossCurrent Asian American Choreographer Festival is the only festival focused exclusively on emergent Asian American dance choreographers. This year, panelists Nai-Ni Chen, Miki Orihara and Peiju Chien-Pott have selected six emergent Asian American choreographers to showcase their work at Flushing Town Hall. They are: Peter Chang, Yuki Ishiguro, Chaery Moon, Barkha Patel, Chien-Ying Wang, and Rourou Ye. The virtual festival is an opportunity for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to introduce the choreographers and their work to audiences before they return to stage.

For the June 26th performance, the featured choreographers will be Rourou Ye and Yuki Ishiguro. 

Yuki Ishiguro, Japanese native, artistic director of the dance company Yu.S.Artistry, had diverse training from ballet to break dance in Japan. He moved to NY in 2009 to study contemporary dance. Ishiguro has worked and toured with Roxey Ballet, Catapult entertainment, and Emery LeCrone dance, among others. In 2018, he started his own company, Yu.S.Artistry, fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts. His work has been presented at Booking dance festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, DUMBO dance festival, the MAD festival at Nazareth college, Come together dance festival at Suzanne Roberts Theater,  and the International dance festival by Nickerson Rossi dance at performance garage in Philadelphia, and he showcased his own evening-length show Shifting Tides at Actors Fund Arts Center in 2019.

Rourou Ye is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Her early training was in Chinese dance, followed by studies in American and European dance and theater practices. Five years ago, she left her position as an instructor and choreographer in the Musical Theater department at one of China's top conservatories and came to the U.S. Her work has been presented by GIBNEY, Danspace Project, Movement Research, CPR, The Field, Dixon Place, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, LMCC, Austin Dance Festival, and in China by Shanghai International Dance Festival, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beijing Dance Festival, and China Dance Forward (Hong Kong).

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