Public Programs for Dancing the Dream


Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Artists-in-Residence Open Rehearsals
* Saturday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“Dancing the Dream” exhibition gallery, first floor
The Portrait Gallery has named choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess as artist-in-residence for its “Dancing the Dream” exhibition. Burgess has created a site-specific work in response to the show. The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will rehearse the piece within one of the exhibition’s galleries on the first floor. Feedback from visitors will be incorporated into the final work, which will premiere in a free public performance Nov. 16 in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.


Portrait Story Day: Alvin Ailey
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
First floor, education center, room E151
Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about dancer Alvin Ailey and then create a piece of art. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.


Young Portrait Explorers: Isadora Duncan
Monday, Oct. 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Toddlers up to age five and their adult companions are invited to become a Young Portrait Explorer and discover the National Portrait Gallery through history and art. The activities include looking at a portrait or two, listening to a story and participating in a hands-on activity. Registration required; go to http://www.eventbrite.com/org/810710525. Class size is limited to 25 participants. Parents and guardians must remain with their children. Gather in G Street lobby at 10:25 a.m.; the program will begin promptly at 10:30.


National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Dancing the Dream
Thursday, Oct. 10, exhibition tour with curator at 5:30 p.m.; trivia begins at 6:30 p.m.
Meet in the F Street lobby
Join curator Amy Henderson for a special tour of the Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, “Dancing the Dream,” and then attend a special exhibition-themed Pop Quiz Trivia night in the Kogod Courtyard. Amy may drop a hint or two on her tour! The team or player with the highest score receives a prize. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the Courtyard Café.


Dance Performance—Premier of Clean Sweep
Friday, October 11, 5:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
This site-specific work will be performed as part of the three-day VelocityDC Dance Festival and is co-presented by Dance Metro DC, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Washington Performing Arts Society. Dance groups include Dance Performance Group, MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet, and Next Reflex Dance Collective. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Dancing the Dream,” on view at the Portrait Gallery from Oct. 4, 2013 through July 13, 2014.


Portrait Story Day: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
First floor, education center, room E151
Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about tap dancer and actor Bill “Bojangles” Robinso, and then create a piece of art. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.


Portrait Story Day: Martha Graham
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
First floor, education center, room E151
Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about dance pioneer Martha Graham and then create a piece of art. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.


Dancing the Dream Family Day: Art on 8th NW
Sunday, Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
Join us for a fun-filled family day that includes a tour of the exhibition “Dancing the Dream” with curator Amy Henderson. Visitors can watch rehearsals by the artist-in-residence Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company in the exhibition galleries. The program will also feature dance performances and mini-workshops with local dance studios including Dance, Dance Institute of Washington, Devi Dance/Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Joy of Motion. Hands-on activities geared towards the Girl Scout Brownie badge for dance will also be offered (badge not included). NOTE: Girl Scout leaders should register their troops for the badge-related activities; e-mail provost@si.edu to tell us how many Girl Scout Brownies will be attending.


Reel Portraits: West Side Story
Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:00 p.m.
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Winner of ten Academy Awards, including Rita Moreno’s trophy for Best Supporting Actress, West Side Story stands alone in the history of musical cinema. Dwight Blocker Bowers, curator of culture and the arts at the National Museum of American History, will introduce the film. This screening is offered in conjunction with the Portrait Gallery’s special exhibition “Dancing the Dream” (first floor).


Reel Portraits: Busby Berkeley
Sunday, Oct. 27, 1:00 p.m.
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Biographer Jeffrey Spivak hosts a double-feature of films choreographed by the great Busby Berkeley: Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 1933. Between films, Spivak will sign copies of his Berkeley biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley. This program is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition “Dancing the Dream” (first floor).
* 1:00 p.m.: Footlight Parade
* 3:30 p.m.: Gold Diggers of 1933


Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
Dance Performance Premier and Talk-back Session
Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his dance company will perform “Homage,” a site-specific, original dance work that he created during an artist-in-residence program this fall. Visitor comments from open rehearsals will be incorporated into the final piece, inspired by the exhibition “Dancing the Dream.” (Open rehearsals: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) Visitors are invited to the premier performance of the first of two works he will create in the space. A question-and-answer session will follow the performance in the courtyard.




National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

October 4, 2013
through July 13, 2014