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.
Link to the article (scroll down to “Five to Watch”)
DC publication The Georgetowner was there. Check out the article and photos
Dana is featured in “How Museums and the Arts are Presenting Identity So That It Unites, Not Divides”, a smithsonian.com article written by National Portrait Gallery curator and cultural historian Amy Henderson.
Read the latest reviews of the April 19, 2014 premiere of Dana’s new work “Confluence” at the National Portrait Gallery:
DTSBDC’s Spring Fundraiser at Bistrot Lepic in Washington, DC was featured in The Georgetowner. Money raised will help support the company as Dana choreographs new dance works in their year-long residency at the National Portrait Gallery.
Check out the article and photos.
“Dana Tai Soon Burgess’s dance pieces at Kennedy Center revel in the still moments”
Read Sarah Kaufman’s review of DTSBDC’s performance at the Kennedy Center.
The Georgetowner featured last weekend’s DTSBDC performance and post-performance reception at the Kennedy Center. The reception was hosted by Ambassador of Gabon Michael Moussa-Adamo. Check out the article and photos
The November 26, 2013 preview of Dana’s new work Homage inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Dancing the Dream was featured in an Georgetowner article.
Read George Jackson’s review of DTSBDC’s premier performance of Homage at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Georgetowner featured Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company’s November 16, 2013 performance of a new work Homage choreographed by Dana as part of his year-long as the first-ever choreographer-in-residence at the National Portrait Gallery. Check out the article and performance photos.
Check out the Washington Post article about DTSBDC’s residency at the National Portrait Gallery and the current open rehearsals that are taking place as Dana choreographs the new work “Homage” inspired by the “Dancing the Dream” exhibit. Open rehearsals will continue Saturday October 26 and November 2 from 11:30am -3:00pm. The performance will be November 16 at the National Portrait Gallery. Admission is free.