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Dana Tai Soon Burgess


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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 07 October 2002 - 08:07 PM

Dana Tai Soon Burgess's company, Moving Forward Dance, turned 10 Saturday night and celebrated with a splendid evening of dance. I reviewed it for the Post:

Moving Forward at 10: Wise Beyond Its Years

.....There are choreographers well into their fifties who don't have as consistent and individual a voice as Burgess has found at 33.

Each dance is as spare, intimate and perfect as a pearl. Burgess's work is food for the eye and the soul; the music, often specially composed, and the design are as much a part of the dance as the steps. Each dance has its own language, usually a mixture of Western modern dance and various Eastern dance forms, from the Indonesian dance of the hands to chops and kicks from the martial arts. Burgess selects a few movements that suit each dance from a broad palette the way a painter might choose a handful of complementary hues, so each dance looks distinct, yet bears the imprint of the choreographer's silken, fluid style.


I saw a lot of people I know there, but no one who posts here, unfortunately, but if this company comes your way and you have any interest in choreography, I'd recommend it highly.

#2 Victoria Leigh

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Posted 08 October 2002 - 05:07 AM

What a wonderful review, Alexandra! Although I did not see this program, I have seen this young man and his work several times and have been enormously impressed with his talent. Delighted, but not surprised, to hear that this program was so good! Bravo, Dana!!!


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