Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Featuring (free!) Year of the Dragon Festival for Families, Sunday Feb 4, noon-4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 4, 4 p.m.
$30 General admission /$25 Seniors and Students/$20 MCC district residents
The Year of the Dragon is considered one of the most auspicious and significant years in the Chinese zodiac, symbolizing strength, courage and good fortune. To mark this special occasion, The Alden has partnered with the renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to create a Lunar New Year Festival for families that culminates into a mainstage Dragon Festival performance.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a renowned professional touring company founded by the visionary choreographer Nai-Ni Chen. Her company’s legacy blends contemporary American and traditional Chinese dance styles, creating a unique and captivating experience that reflects the inspiring hope and energy of an immigrant's journey.
This performance will feature the new 2024 Dragon Festival, featuring dance, a live musical performance on traditional Chinese instruments as well as lauded company repertoire:
• “Lion in the City,” a collaborative work by Hip-Hop legend Rokafella and Kwikstep with the company’s Director of New and Contemporary Dance, Peiju Chien-Pott.
• “Dragon Path,” a new work by emerging choreographer Aloe Ao Liu.
• “Mongolian Festival,” a new work created by resident choreographer Lawrence Jin.
The performance is approximately 90 minutes, plus an intermission.
“…the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Lunar New Year Celebration…is a great experience for anyone wanting to learn more about the rich and inclusive history of the Lunar New Year. A reminder of why art is relevant, the show calls attention to our capacity for inclusion, creativity, growth and education.”
- Edge Media Network
Free Lunar New Year Celebration for Families
In collaboration with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, the MCC is hosting a Lunar New Year Festival from noon-4 p.m. The event will feature hands-on paper cutting, lantern making, dance and calligraphy activities, sweet treat and tea samples as well as fantastic live music and dance. Plus, be on the lookout for appearances from the Dragon!
This festival is free and open to the public!
12-12:45 p.m., 1:30-2:15 p.m. & 3-3:45 p.m. Traditional Music Ensemble in the lobby
12:30-1 p.m.: Ribbon Dance Workshop in Shelp
1:15-1:45 p.m.: Folk Dance Performance in the Community Hall
2:15-2:45 p.m.: Fairfax County Librarian Story Time in the Community Hall
3-3:30 p.m.: Fan Dance Workshop in Shelp