Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS to be awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS will be awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation for bridging communities around the globe through choreography.

We are currently in Dana's hometown of Santa Fe and heading to Albuquerque tomorrow, May 24th, where Dana will receive the award, which traditionally acknowledges those who can bridge the arts and sciences to promote peace. His breath-taking work in collaboration with NASA, We choose to go to the moon, which featured interviews with famed astronaut Bruce McCandless, space scientists, as well as a special New Mexican medicine woman as part of the soundscore, is an example of how he not only bridges cultures through movement and storytelling, but also schools of thought.

From the UNM News Desk:

"The winner of the 2018 Peace Prize in the general category will be Dana Tai Soon Burgess for his work as an acclaimed choreographer, performance artist, and cultural figure.
Burgess promotes peace and harmony through his art form of dance and his beautiful, innovative choreography. For 25 years, he has worked on projects across the globe as a teacher and a performer engaging audiences and forming friendships around the world. He believes that finding connections between cultures and artists is a key to peace and diplomacy."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

See "Portraits" at the Kennedy Center June 15th and 16th

A scene from DTSBDC's I Am Vertical at the National Portrait Gallery, inspired by
the "Sylvia Plath: One Life" exhibition there.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company made history recently as the Smithsonian Institution's first dance company in residence, creating dynamic dance works from exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery. 

On June 15th and 16th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the company presents three new dances created at the National Portrait Gallery during Burgess's residency as the Smithsonian Institution's first official choreographer.

The dances, I am Vertical, After 1001 Nights, and Confluence exemplify Burgess's sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity.

Burgess has been called "not only a Washington prize but a national treasure" by the Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Sarah Kaufman.

 Click here to purchase tickets. Space is limited.