The mission of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC) is to create and perform new modern dance choreographies that sensitively illuminate our multi-faceted American landscape. DTSBDC’s repertory focuses on identity in the context of historical events and personal stories, thereby bridging cultures and connecting shared human experiences. Through performance, touring and educational programming, the company engages the community in Washington, DC and the world at large.
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company continues to explore, as Burgess was recently quoted, “an underlying inter-connectedness” of all people.
Dancers in the company come from diverse backgrounds – Colombian, Chilean, Irish, Korean, Filipino, and Peruvian. As Washington, D.C.’s leading modern dance company, DTSBDC has a long history of artistic dialogue and partnerships with such organizations as the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Public Schools, The George Washington University, world-renowned museums and the Smithsonian Institution.
The company’s current educational partners include Episcopal High School, Georgetown Day School and School Without Walls. DTSBDC directs the dance program at Episcopal Day School and the summer dance program at Georgetown Day School.
As a U.S. State Department cultural envoy, the company has toured extensively both nationally and internationally to countries including Egypt, Israel, Korea, China, India, Mongolia, Venezuela, Germany, Latvia, Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, Peru, Cambodia, the British Virgin Islands and Suriname, among others. The company has also performed at the White House at the invitation of President and First Lady Obama.
Most recently, DTSBDC was the first dance company in residence at the National Portrait Gallery and continues to be in residence at the Kreeger Museum since January, 2015. Burgess created the recent work “Revenant Elegy” as part of the National Gallery of Art’s 2013 exhibition about Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, and premiered it alongside other pieces at the Kennedy Center in 2014.
The company was in residence at the Kreeger Museum through March 2015 where it premiered a new work “Picasso Dances” based on their Picasso collection.
The company’s 2015 season at the Kennedy Center brought the company to new collaborative heights with its premiere of “We choose to go to the moon” a new collaboration with NASA. The Washington Post said the work “left you with the intricate satisfaction of a work of art”. The company begins its 2016 season with a premiere at the National Portrait Gallery. The new work entitled “The Foster Suite: the remains of loss and longing” is based on the Alexander Gardner Civil War exhibition entitled “Dark Fields”.