Kelly talks about his role in Choreographer-In-Residence Dana Tai Soon Burgess’ new work “After 1001 Nights” that premiered July 8, 2017 and gives his thoughts on art, inspiration and dancing in a museum.
Dana talks to Stars and Stripes about why he was inspired to use the “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now” exhibition for his new work “After 1001 Nights” which premiered at the National Portrait Gallery July 8, 2017 and the research that guided his choreography.
Josephine Reed and Dana Tai Soon Burgess discuss the many and diverse aspects of Dana’s life and career as a dancer and choreographer in this insightful episode of Art Works, the National Endowment for the Arts podcast.
DTSBDC’s premiere of After 1001 Nights at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is front and center in The Washington Post Express’ list of 7 totally free things to do in D.C. in July 2017
Emily Karcher Schmitt from the Smithsonian Insider attends a company rehearsal and talks to Dana about his creative process, his engagement with audiences and his role as the Smithsonian’s first Choreographer-In-Residence as he rehearses the company for the upcoming premiere of “After 1001 Nights”.
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company kicked off a national tour to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary in the place where Dana started his career, New Mexico, and New Mexico was paying attention. The Santa Fe New Mexican publication and KUNM radio interviewed Dana about the company’s residency and performances in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
At a reception held at the Dance Barns of the National Dance Institute in Santa Fe City Councilor Renee Villarreal, representing Mayor Javier M. Gonzales, declared March 18, 2017 to be “Dana Tai Soon Burgess Day”!
Read “Portraying Persistence and Change”, the review of DTSBDC’s premiere of Margin at danceviewtimes
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Read the Smithsonian’s press about Dana Tai Soon Burgess becoming the first Choreographer-In-Residence: Reimagining Portraiture Through Dance
Dana Tai Soon Burgess has been named the Smithsonian’s first choreographer-in-residence at the National Portrait Gallery. For the next three years, Dana will create new works inspired by museum exhibitions and participate in public discussions about dance and art. In addition, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will premiere the new dances in the museum. Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery said “Dana’s work brings to life stories and emotions and enriches the life of the museum.”
To kick off the partnership, Burgess will create a new work focused on American diversity in conjunction with The Outwin, the museum’s triennial portrait competition (on view through Jan 8, 2017). The work will be performed this fall.
Read the announcement in the Washington Post
Read the press release
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company performed at the Chaktomuk Theater in Phnom Penh last week in a joint program with works by Dana and Cambodian choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. The collaboration was featured in an article in the Cambodia Daily.
After a stop in Siem Reap the company finished up their amazing week long performance and teaching tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Here’s an interview with Dana about his current and past experiences in Cambodia featured in The Phnom Penh Post
Jane O’Brien from BBC News visited a rehearsal for Dana Tai Soon Burgess’s new work “We choose to go to the moon” and talks to Dana about his collaboration with astronauts, NASA astrophysicist and other scientists.
The program’s title, “Fluency in Four,” reflects an elegant ease of movement in the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, with the dancers slipping smoothly from human origami — with the spine scooped and the hips extended — to light, skimming flight — Sarah Kaufman.
Read the full Washington Post review
Smithsoniam.com posted a great article about Dana’s inspiration and artistic process focusing on his interviews with National Air and Space Museum’s Jim Zimbelman and other scientists.
Smithsonian.com: “A Dancer and a Scientist Deliver a New Take on the Moon Walk”
Washington Post: ‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’: Kennedy dream inspires a dance”
Washingtonian: “Dana Tai Soon Burgess Premieres Fluency in Four in Tribute to His Late Father”
KoreAM: “Over the Moon with Dana Tai Soon Burgess”
Fluency in Four
Premiere of “We choose to go to the moon”
Kennedy Center September 19-20, 2015
Travel magazine Where editor Brooke Sabin talks to Dana Tai Soon Burgess about meeting President Obama, his favorite places in DC, his travels with the dance company and the upcoming premiere of his new work “We choose to go to the moon”!
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company’s performance at the Kennedy Center which will include the premiere of “We Choose to Go to the Moon” is featured in Washingtonian’s list of 22 Things to Do in DC This September.
We have new publicity photos for our September performance at the Kennedy Center!
The article entitled Who Crafts the Image in Celebrity Portraiture? considers the concept of celebrity as a new exhibition of portraits Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Dana’s portrait is included in the exhibition which runs May 22, 2015 to July 10, 2016.
Dana was interviewed by BBC World News in a segment about “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze”, a new exhibition that includes the portrait of Dana by artist CYJO and just opened at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The segment was broadcast on television internationally. View the video
The Georgetowner recently reported on Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company’s residency and premier performance of a new modern dance work Picasso Dances at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC.