Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company : Tracings
Thursday, November 06, 2003 - Friday, November 07, 2003

Renowned choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess presents a dance work commemorating Korean immigration to America.

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"Burgess's work is food for the eye and the soul...each dance is as perfect as a pearl."
-The Washington Post

Dana Tai Soon Burgess has received wide acclaim for his unique choreographic aesthetic, which synthesizes a variety of Eastern and Western principles of movement. In 2001, his innovative dance trilogy featuring Helix and the Kennedy Center co-commissions Mandala and Silk Roads mesmerized Kennedy Center audiences and critics alike. Now in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to America, the renowned Korean-American dancer/choreographer and his dance company present the world premiere of Tracings. This new full-evening work 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. Depicting a family's journey from Korea to the New World, Tracings is rooted in a specific moment in American history but touches on issues familiar to all immigrants to America: journeys, belonging, and the bridging of cultures. The production features lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, costume design by Judy Hansen, visuals by Ryan Lalonde, music by Jason Kao Hwang, and original musical composition and sound design by Aaron Leitko.

Co-presented with the Smithsonian Institution’s Asia Pacific American Program.


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