TEAHOUSE PERFORMANCES A Lantern Festival with Dance Works by H.T. Chen

Thursday-Saturday, February 20-22, 7 PM pre-show reception; 7:30 performance
Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd floor  (corner Mulberry & Bayard)
Tickets: $15; $10 for students & seniors; $25 for VIP seating
Reservations: 212.349.0126 or https://feb2014teahouse.eventbrite.com

Performers: Gary Champi, Yeeli Chen, Stephanie Chun, Joanie Johnson, Ari Someya, Sean Nederlof, Keyasha Williams-Bailey

                                           "A lantern to light your path,
                                             a forest where lions roam,
                                           a sweetheart to call your own,
                                         and riddles for your funny bone."

Chen Dance Center announces its 2014 Lantern Festival performances, the culminating event of the Lunar New Year festivities.  The celebratory, family-friendly teahouse format features pre-show activities and refreshments served before and during the show, along with lanterns with riddles for the audience members to solve.  Performance features three dances by H.T. Chen and Dancers, February 20-22 - pre-show begins at 7 PM; performances at 7:30 PM at the warm and welcoming Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street in Chinatown (corner Mulberry & Bayard).

The program will open with a brief dance with lanterns, and continue with excerpts from H.T.'s "Heart of Grace," based on the Lion Dance, and "Warriors of Light."   There will also be an excerpted preview from H.T.'s new work "South of Gold Mountain," based on the Chinese immigrants that settled in the U.S. south before WWII.

With a nod to Valentine's Day the week before, the program will include two romantic duets: "Not For All the Rice in China," and "Spring Song," set to a score by Taiwanese composer Li Tai-Shiang (1941-2014), composer of many songs popular at the peak of the 1970s folk era in Mandarin pop.