Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co.

Friday, October 12, 2007 - Saturday, October 13, 2007

Known for Asian-inspired works and visual clarity, the Washington, D.C.-based Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company celebrates its 15th anniversary.



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For nearly two decades, award-winning choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess has created dances that freshly synthesize Eastern and Western perspectives. This company is the only modern dance company in D.C. rooted in an Asian American aesthetic and known for presenting "attractively sinuous choreography" (The New York Times).
In celebration of its 15th anniversary season, the company presents a mixed repertory program featuring excerpts from signature Burgess works, as well as the world premiere of his Chino Latino, a work based on the intersection of Asian American and Latin American communities throughout the Americas. A Kennedy Center co-commissioned dance of "brilliance and passion" (Dance Magazine), Mandala was inspired by Burgess's State Department visit in 2000 to the farthest reaches of Alexander the Great's empire in modern-day Pakistan. Tracings is inspired by Burgess's own family history, which dates back to the first Korean immigrants who arrived by ship to Hawaii in 1903 to work the sugar and pineapple plantations. Images from the Embers, a work partly inspired by the writings of Marguerite Duras, charts the psychological journey of love and loss during a time of war. A solo piece that depicts a woman at the moment of experiencing freedom from oppression, Khabet is based on words penned by an unknown 12th century Egyptian poet. A classic trio, Fractures is about a transition, a man letting go of one woman as he gravitates to another.

"Each dance is as spare, intimate, and perfect as a pearl."
--The Washington Post
"Undeniable is its brilliance and passion"
--Dance Magazine


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