Inspired by Joan Miró Paintings, Dance Company’s ‘The Mallorca Suite’ Wows

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC) continues its tradition of bringing live dance to museum settings with its recent premiere of “The Mallorca Suite” at the Kreeger Museum on Oct. 28.

The dance, inspired by the painter Joan Miró, explores how images from the subconscious are projected onto canvas. The moving work was reinforced by the master pianist Haskell Small, who played the same Steinway he did 50 years ago for David and Carmen Kreeger when the museum was their private home.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Haskell Small. Photo by Lauren Victor.

The grand architecture of the main gallery lent itself marvelously to the music and the movement. The company performed twice during the sunny Saturday afternoon, and the second performance was followed by a reception.

Photo by Lauren Victor.

Museum Director Helen Chason welcomed the audience at both performances, and choreographer Burgess noted the special place the Kreeger holds in the Washington, D.C. arts community.

Felipe Oyarzun, Sarah Halzack, Christin Arthur, Tati Valle-Riestra, Joan Ayap, Dana Tai Soon Burgess. Photo by Lauren Victor.

The striking costumes, reminiscent of Miró’s paintings, accentuated Burgess’s unique movement style and were designed by Sigrid Jóhannesdóttir.

For their 30th anniversary, DTSBDC will next be performing at the Kennedy Center on November 30th at 7:30 p.m.



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