May 4, 2019 - 06:00 PM / 07:30 PM
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Ninth and G Streets NW
DTSBDC performs “Tracings,” a 50-minute dance work dedicated to the first immigrants from Korea to settle in America. These individuals arrived in 1903 and lived and worked on the sugar cane and pineapple plantations. A reprise of Dana Tai Soon Burgess’ critically acclaimed work in 2003, “Tracings” explores the emotional, physical and spiritual journey of these Korean Americans whose story has become a vivid part of our Asian American tapestry. Drawing inspiration from the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit “Portraits of the World: Korea,” Burgess weaved the exhibition’s centerpiece Yun Suknam’s “Mother III” into this rendition of the show. He also researched his own family history to inform the dance. Poignant visual projections of his family from 1903-1933 are juxtaposed to the flowing movement, giving voice to a contemporary interpretation of the Korean plantation life at the turn of the century. Burgess’ mother, Anna Kang Burgess, a visual artist who grew up on the Delmonte plantation, will make a special guest appearance in the dance. The performance is free and open to the public, but early registration is encouraged.