Thursday, October 18, 2018

A special happy hour ahead of "Silhouettes" - premiering October 27th and 30th at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery!

Dana Tai Soon Burgess and DTSBDC Board President Bonnie Kogod checking out part of the "Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now" exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Join the Diplomats of Dance Society Monday, October 22nd at The Darlington House for a special happy hour ahead of the premiere of "Silhouettes" at the National Portrait Gallery! Toast to dance and art - RSVP now!


WHO: The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC) is Washington’s premiere modern dance company led by Founding Artistic Director and internationally acclaimed choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess. Burgess is the Smithsonian’s first choreographer-in-residence, based at the National Portrait Gallery, which began in 2016 and was extended through 2022.

WHAT: DTSBDC premieres a new dance entitled “Silhouettes” based on insights of American culture examined in the Portrait Gallery exhibition “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now”. In the new dance Burgess examines the light and dark aspects of the self through a suite of seven dances, each inspired by a silhouette from the exhibition. The emotionally poignant thirty-minute modern dance features eight dancers and includes a video environment by designer Kelly Colburn.

WHERE: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and G Streets NW

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, and Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 6:30-7:00 PM. A post-performance discussion between Burgess and the exhibition curator Asma Naeem will take place each night.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Join us for a happy (2) hour(s) Monday, October 22nd!

Darlington House in Dupont Circle

Come by and mingle with other dance fans and arts-interested Washingtonians and celebrate the special intersection of visual art and modern dance with Dana Tai Soon Burgess and members of his acclaimed, eponymous dance company at the Darlington House, located at 1610 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, on Monday, October 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm.

Complimentary themed 'Diplomat' cocktail and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar available.

Dr. Erick Hosaka of Hosaka Dental, Board Member of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, and The Diplomats of Dance Society are hosting a Happy two-Hour ahead of the premiere of "Silhouettes" at the National Portrait Gallery (Saturday, October 27th and Monday, October 30th). More info below:

About "Silhouettes":

Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the Smithsonian's first ever Choreographer-in-Residence, and his company will respond to the amazing “Black Out” exhibition in a poignant modern dance work with video by designer Kelly Colburn on Saturday, October 27th and Monday, October 30th at the National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, 6:30pm.

“Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” an exhibition that explores the relatively unstudied art form of silhouettes—cut paper profiles—which were a hugely popular and democratic form of portraiture in the 19th century.

RSVP required. Contact us with questions.

All RSVP/giving levels are a tax-deductible donation to Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization.

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