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Created with support from the Surdna Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Warriors of Light is an abstract journey, evoking imagery of the human spirit as it seeks to attain enlightenment. The piece portrays a sense of struggle and journey towards something higher, exemplified in both the individual and the group. Various props are used to highlight the upward progression of the piece: Hand-held lanterns illuminate ‘the way’ as the surroundings darken, and plexi-glass poles - a modern variation of the Chinese Opera long-poles, are used in a meditative way for enlightenment rather than for traditional staged combat.
“In Warriors of Light Mr. Chen blends new and old dance forms with remarkable smoothness.”
Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
Jennifer Bishop, Yoel Cassell, Alice Chow, Dian Dong, Jae Man Joo, Hsin-Ya Hou, Barbara Koch, Jennifer Lau, Fumiko S. Rose, Rick A. Vigo
Elegant Dance Program Focuses on Chinese Families
Bradley Kaus (commissioned score)
Set Design: Eric Harriz
Lighting Design: David Lander
Costume Design: Juliet Ouyoung
Costume Construction: Antonia Huang
Photo: Carol Rossegg