H.T. Chen & Dancers is an innovative modern dance company which has created a uniquely Asian-American expression by embodying its cultural heritage.

Infusing Western modern dance with the strength and beauty of Asian aesthetics, the Company’s dynamic style has enchanted audiences across the United States, Europe and Asia since its inception in 1978.

“H.T. Chen’s choreography resides in an evocative, invented culture-world that shares ancient Chinese traditions with modern Western sensibility.”  -The Birmingham News

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Now Touring

South of Gold Mountain (NDP Tour support for 14/15)
H.T. Chen’s latest work is based on Chinese in the American South before WWII. Isolated in deeply segregated areas, the Chinese communities in the South persevered and eventually flourished there by being ‘invisible’, but more importantly, by holding onto their cultural traditions. The hidden stories of these people were revealed in research trips by H.T. Chen to Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee during 2012. The new production will feature a commissioned score of Blues music, lyrics by a Chinese American historian/performance artist, video footage of oral histories, historic photographs, and a multi-generational cast of performers from New York and the southern states.

The evening will also include “Warriors of Light” (1998) 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.

Eight Strokes & the Moving Word
“Eight Strokes & the Moving Word” is an innovative one-hour performance with live narration, audience interaction, video presentation, and vibrant excerpts of both traditional and contemporary dance, performed by H.T. Chen & Dancers. This dance-based, educational presentation takes its title from the eight basic strokes of calligraphy, an exquisite art that has been a source of inspiration over the years for choreographer H.T. Chen.

Outreach and Engagement

H.T. Chen & Dancers does extensive educational programming in NYC and nationwide. Activities include:

  • Year-round school at Chen Dance Center (est 1980) in lower Manhattan
  • Annual matinee series (32-35 shows) for visiting school groups in metropolitan NY area (This season, Eight Strokes & the Moving Word, plays Dec 9-Feb 6th on school days and is sold-out)
  • Conducting numerous workshops at Chen Dance Center and on-campus at schools and colleges
  • Teaching residencies at schools such as PS42M and LaGuardia High School
  • Touring educational programming in numerous colleges and schools

Artist's Calendar

Venue / Time
“South of Gold Mountain”
Chen Dance Center
New York, NY
“South of Gold Mountain”
Jobe Auditorium at Delta State University
Cleveland, MS
“South of Gold Mountain”
Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, AZ
“South of Gold Mountain”
Wright Center
Birmingham, AL


H.T. Chen & Dancers has created a uniquely Asian-American expression by embodying its cultural heritage and embracing contemporary western dance forms. The company performs a diverse repertoire of works that are a dynamic fusion of American modern dance and Asian aesthetics.

Artistic Director H.T. Chen has been a leading choreographer, performer and arts advocate for three decades. After choreographing and performing for numerous years at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City, Chen turned to presenting his own work, forming H.T. Chen & Dancers in 1978. The company has since performed 40 original works and appeared in important venues for contemporary dance throughout the United States and has toured in Europe twice and in Asia seven times.


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