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Wednesday April 12 

Thursday April 13
The Little Theatre @ LPAC

2023 Artists
Janis Brenner
Nai-Ni Chen
Gabrielle Lamb
Michelle Thompson Ulerich
Mikaela Papasodero

We are so thrilled to welcome back all artists from 2020 which was cancelled and postponed because of COVID.


Nai-Ni Chen
(October 31, 1959 – December 12, 2021)

Honoring Nai-Ni Chen for her contribution and love of dance.

NY Times

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A Message From Miki Orihara

Mar 14, 2023

Nai-Ni and I came to NY around the same time. Yet we had very different paths. I admire everything she has done, contributing to the art of dance including her heritage as a Chinese dancer, supporting dancers,  community building, and keeping creative energy moving forward… During the pandemic, her company started to give free online classes, which still continue. Nai-Ni and her partner/husband Andy Chiang produced The CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Festival, 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. Her idea expanded into many paths. We want to honor her. I personally wanted to get to know her more and I want the world to get to know her more.

Nai-Ni Chen - Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

     Movable Figures (1998)         


Janis Brenner - Janis Brenner & Dancers

     Where-How-Why Trilogy  (2023 revival)


Gabrielle Lamb  - Pigeonwing Dance
     Rising      work-in-progress excerpts     (2023)

Michelle Thompson Ulerich

     Ready for Consumption (2022)

Mikaela Papasodero - Mika and Co

     Spectrum (2019)

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