Posts Tagged ‘Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co.’

ToDo ToDay: Bun B, Odonis Odonis, and Passover at BLT Steak

For rap star Bun B, “trill” (that is, to be true and real) is a way of life. As UGK, he and fellow Port Arthur, Texas, native Pimp C have treated it as a tao since the release of their 1992 debut, Too Hard to Swallow. Now one of hip-hop’s wise elder statesmen (he’s teaching a [...]

ToDo ToDay: Anoushka Shankar, Jorge Ben Jor, and GWAR

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar’s first two albums owe a debt to her father, Ravi: Ten of the albums’ 11 pieces were adapted by her dad from classical Indian ragas. Anoushka’s third album, 2005’s Rise, incorporated genres from around the world, from electronica to jazz, just as her father’s sitar sounds were absorbed by The Beatles. Anoushka still [...]

At Dance Place, Identity Crises Under a Magnifying Glass

This weekend, the Washington-based contemporary dance ensemble Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company is performing at Dance Place. Founder and choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, a Korean-American who grew up in New Mexico, has long mined his Asian heritage and personal history in works that virtually always focus on identity struggles, including pieces like Chino Latino [...]

GWU Launches Dance MFA Program

It’s minor, but noteworthy: George Washington University just launched a new dance MFA program that starts next year.
It’s cool for a few reasons. First, there aren’t many dance-related higher-ed options in the Washington area. GWU used to feature a regular dance MFA, but they phased it out several years ago, around the same time American [...]

So You Like Your Dance Beautiful (If a Little Tame)? VelocityDC Starts Tonight

Granted, it’s not where you go to watch experimental dance. If you’re into seeing people in wacked-out costumes standing in silence for minutes on end, or rolling rolling rolling, or speaking to each other in what might as well be gibberish while moving like boneless creatures—and that stuff can be great, don’t get me wrong—then [...]