Center for the Arts Presents Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company

Posted: October 16, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Dana Tai Burgess and Tati Valle-Riestra
Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Tati Valle-Riestra
Photo by Mary Noble Ours

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,” to be performed at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., 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’ accomplished company opens the program with several historically significant Michio Ito solos, which date from 1914 to 1928. “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.

The piece 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 that draw on his own Asian Pacific American heritage.

Burgess was born and raised in Santa Fe, N.M., 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.

His 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.

This performance is sponsored by Wegmans.

An artistic discussion will be held at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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