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DANA TAI SOON BURGESS & CO., 10/25, 8PM

October 13, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
DANA TAI SOON BURGESS AND COMPANY
IMAGES FROM THE EMBERS
Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 8:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, September 21, 2006—For more than a decade, the award-winning choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess has created dances that synthesize Eastern and Western aesthetics. Diverse elements inspire his choreography: culturally specific dance forms, martial arts, visual arts, and personal journeys to Asia, Latin America, South America, the Middle East and Europe. With Images from the Embers, Dana Tai Soon Burgess draws on memory—both the beautiful and the painful—in an evocative piece reflecting on love, passion, loss and the ravages of war. Burgess’s accomplished company opens the program with several historically significant Michio Itosolos, which date from 1914 to 1928. The performance, at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts begins at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2006. An artistic discussion is held at 7:15 on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Images from the Embers had its acclaimed premiere in March 2006 after which it embarked on a tour to New Mexico, Los Angeles, New York, Peru and Poland. “There is much to admire in this work,” declared The Washington Post. Indeed, Images from the Embers covers a lot of ground, assisted by a backdrop of black and white wartime photography, and Burgess’s deliberate movement vocabulary inspired by Asian art forms which draw on his own Asian Pacific American heritage.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico to an Irish-Scottish American father and a Korean American mother. He studied the Michio Ito technique, developed by the pioneering Asian American choreographer at the turn of the last century.

Burgess’s work is presented nationally and locally, and his awards include the 2003 Pola Nirenska Award, 1994’s Mayor’s Arts Award and two D.C. Metro Dance Awards. His Hans Christian Andersen-inspired The Nightingale (1999) was chosen as the Kennedy Center’s 2002 annual holiday show for young people, and has subsequently toured the U.S. many times to nearly 100 cities.
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This performance of DANA TAI SOON BURGESS AND COMPANY’S IMAGES FROM THE EMBERS IS SPONSORED BY
WEGMANS

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