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March 7, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Get set for a fantastic journey into the delightful world of Chinese culture when the Dragon’s Tale comes to the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. as part of the Arts for Young America series.

The Dragon’s Tale is a bright, colorful production choreographed by critically acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen.  Highlighting the role of dance in celebrations and festivals in Chinese community life, the Dragon’s Tale also includes some of the culture’s most fantastic festival dances including the spectacular ribbon and flag dance as seen in the Dragon Boat Festival, the powerful lion dance from the Chinese New Year, and dances created for the Moon Festival in autumn and the Lantern Festival in the spring.

Throughout the production, the 10 remarkable company dancers move with grace and fluidity in the exotic rhythms and motions that reflect the living and enchanting tradition of Chinese arts including poetry, calligraphy, sculpture, philosophy, and the unique culture of the Asian-American.

Choreographer Chen was a renowned traditional dancer in the Republic of China and served in several ambassadorial culture missions to 17 countries around the world.  She graduated from the Chinese Cultural University in 1982 and came to America to seek her own voice in the world of dance.  She also obtained a master's degree in Dance and Dance Education from New York University.  The inspiration of her dances often comes from the poetic motion of the Chinese painting brush, folk rituals, and ceremonies as well as phenomena of nature.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Dragon’s Tale is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc. and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

In the first balcony, tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12.  In the second balcony, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. For more information, contact the Viterbo Box Office at 796-3100 or email at

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