By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, November 15, 2013
On Saturday, the National Portrait Gallery will unveil a new dance work created by its first choreographer--in--residence, Dana Tai Soon Burgess.
Inspired by the museum’s “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, which features portraits of famous dancers, choreographers and dance impresarios, Burgess’s “Homage” will be performed at 1 and 2:30 p.m. in the Kogod Courtyard, with each free performance followed by a question--and--answer session. The work includes iconic music associated with such milestones in American dance history as James Cagney’s portrayal of George M. Cohan in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and John Travolta’s performance in “Saturday Night Fever.”
That same afternoon in the auditorium, the Portrait Gallery will present a free poetry reading at 2 p.m., featuring such poets as Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon and Tracy K. Smith.