Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company to open Lima’s 21st International Festival of Dance

The U.S.’ famed Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co. will head to Lima June 9 to open the 21st International Festival of Dance at the North American Institute of Peruvian culture in Lima, daily Peru21 reported Monday.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company will perform the highly-acclaimed “Hyphen” and “Chino Latino,” as well as the world première of “Island.”

“Island was inspired by Angel Island, the port of entry to the U.S. for Chinese immigrants that came to this country at the beginning of the 20th century,” said Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the director of Washington DC’s premiere Asian American dance company. “This immigration station’s construction is closely related to the exclusion of Asians.”

Burgess’ choreography has been presented and commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution, Asia Society- (NY), the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, La MaMa, NY and the United Nations. His work has been performed extensively throughout the United States as well as in, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Russia and Venezuela. He received the District of Columbia Mayor’s Arts Award in 1994 for Emerging Artist and in 2004 he received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline. In 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006 he received the Metro DC Dance Awards for Best Overall Production.

Supported by the D.C. Commission on the Art and Humanities, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. State Department, the festival – which is one of the biggest celebrations of art and movement in Peru – will also feature troops from Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, El Salvador and the U.S.

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