This is the first part of "Whirlwind". Whirlwind is a phenomenon in the desert caused by the air coming from the mountains to the desert plain in different directions. Some believe Whirlwind is the manifestation of the great breath, the divine energy of the universe. This dance Whirlwind takes inspiration from the choreographer’s journey on the Silk Road which begins in China and passes through Central Asia, connecting China to Europe, crossing many deserts and mountains. Today, you can see one of the largest wind farms in the world on the way. The Silk Road was the pathway not only connecting trade and merchandise but also cultures, art and religions of many different groups of people. Whirlwind is an exploration of movements based on trance, rhythmic breathing, sound and spiral motion that Nai-Ni experienced on her journey.
Integrating trance, rhythmic breathing and spiral motion, Whirlwind was inspired by Nai-Ni Chen's personal journey along the Silk Road. This is the second work of this series which reflects the nomadic life style of the Mongolian, the ancient mysteries of the old Asiatic cultures, and the traces of ancestors found in the caves of Dunhuang. Through this dance, the choreographer wishes to explore the spiritual richness of another place and time.