Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company: “A Tribute to Marian Anderson” performance at the National Portrait Gallery

What
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company: “A Tribute to Marian Anderson” performance at the National Portrait Gallery
Media Only

Brendan Kelly

(202) 633-8299

kellyb@si.edu

Concetta Duncan

(202) 633-9989

duncanc@si.edu

When
Monday - Monday, February 24, 2020 6:30pm - 6:30pm
6:30pm

Performances held at 6:30 p.m. on:

Monday, Feb. 3

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Monday, Feb. 24

Where

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

Eighth and G streets N.W.

Who

Dana Tai Soon Burgess, choreographer-in-residence, National Portrait Gallery

Jeffrey Watson, pianist

Millicent Scarlett, soprano

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Feb. 3 performance)

Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery will debut a new performance by the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company in tribute to famed contralto and civil rights icon Marian Anderson. On Feb. 3, 4 and 24, the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will bring Anderson’s legacy to the stage with “A Tribute to Marian Anderson” accompanied by pianist Jeffery Watson and soprano Millicent Scarlett. With a cast of five dancers and a set of solo, duet, trio and quartet dance-suites, the new work pays homage to Anderson’s voice and grace while underscoring the racial barriers she overcame.

Three performances will be held in the museum’s McEvoy Auditorium with pre-performance discussions by Leslie Ureña, curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s “One Life: Marian Anderson” exhibition. On Feb. 3, the Portrait Gallery will welcome Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for remarks during the pre-performance discussion.

All performances and discussions are free and open to the public. Members of the public planning to attend can register online.  

For members of the media, contact kellyb@si.edu for admission access and pre-set details.

# # #

SI-30-2019