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5 teams of filmmakers were challenged to create a documentary in a weekend for a DC area nonprofit. The documentary about DTSBDC was voted best of the bunch!
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
National Portrait Gallery’s historian and curator David Ward gave DTSBDC board members and their guests an amazingly detailed tour of the fascinating exhibit of photographs taken during the civil war and the western expansion of the Union Pacific Railroad. This exhibit “Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872,” is the inspiration for Dana’s new work “The Foster Suite: the Remains of Loss and Longing” which will premiere at the museum February 28, 2016. Performances are at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Admission is Free.
DTSBDC dancers recently performed excerpts from four recent works choreographed by Dana Tai Soon Burgess for members and donors of the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. The audience were also invited to stick around to watch the artistic process as Dana and the company worked on a new modern dance piece that will premiere at the National Portrait Gallery in February.
On November 3, 2015 Dana will join a panel to discuss grace, and finding it in unexpected ways and places with Washington Post dance critic and pulitzer prize winner Sarah Kaufman Nov 3rd. The event at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, at 6:30 p.m. is free and open to the public, RSVPs are required. To RSVP: https://theartofgrace.eventbrite.com
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