Dana Tai Soon Burgess: Meet the Author

Quince Orchard Library | 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Join acclaimed Korean American choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess as he shares how his worldview and multifaceted background drives his creation.

Dana Tai Soon BurgesCover image for Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly by Dana Tai Soon Burgesss directs the preeminent modern dance company of Washington, DC now in its 30th season. The Washington Post says, “He is not only a Washington Prize, but a national dance treasure.” Burgess was the Smithsonian’s first ever choreographer in residence and has toured around the world as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. He is the recipient of the 2021 Selma Jeanne Cohen Fulbright Dance Lecture Award, as well as of two Senior Fulbrights.

His new memoir, Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly, traces how his choreography is informed by his early years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This insightful journey delves into an artist’s process that is inspired by varying cultural perspectives, stories, and experiences. Candid and intelligent, Burgess gives readers the opportunity to experience up close the passion for art and dance that has informed his life.  Burgess will highlight aspects of his memoir and answer audience questions, and dancers from Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co will perform excerpts from several repertory works. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Questions about this program? Contact the Quince Orchard Library at 240-777-0200.