Nightingale at Center for the Arts This Weekend

Posted: December 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Imagine all the riches the world surrounding you: diamonds, gold, expensive cloth, and other such delights. Imagine that your servants and courtiers fawned over your every whim and praised you for days on end. That is the life that our emperor lives. He believes that he is the wisest person in the world until the emperor of Japan challenges his world with…a nightingale.

This simple bird serves as the catalyst for a lesson in true beauty and compassion. Now, this charming Hans Christian Andersen fantasy, The Nightingale, is brought to life in a theatrical tour de force filled with dance, color, narrative, humor, action, and joy, through the talents of choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, writer/director Mary Hall Surface, and composer David Maddox. This special holiday presentation from the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour arrives at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall for two performances only, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 and 4 p.m.

Choreographer Burgess is a faculty member at the George Washington University, Dance Place, and Joy of Motion Dance Center. He is the 2001 recipient of the Metro DC Dance Awards for Best Artistic Director.

The special holiday price for this engagement is $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Charge tickets by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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