Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Below are some updates and events I want to share...and, at the end, your horoscope!
“To live and operate in the world, you may have to identify with something. Play with your identifications – don't let them rule you.”
The first US municipal water installation of the IOREX water pipe technology was done earlier this year, with two devices installed on the public water system of Pocomoke City, Maryland as part of a pilot project with the city government. This was an area that had coped with 40+ years of discolored/rusty water, including high iron and strong odor. In 15 days there was a drastic improvement in the water clarity. Now less than three months since installation, not only is the water cleared but residents are experiencing a marked difference in taste and smell. Water testing by the city public works department as well as the Maryland Department of Environment show bacteria levels reduced to non-detectable, and iron levels decreasing as well. The local ABC station covered the installation, and did a follow up story about residents’ relief at the improved water quality.
Why is this important? Because water is our most vital resource. And because our current methods of dealing with the aging water infrastructure in this country are not working. They are outmoded, often using chemicals or controversial pipe linings, and require extensive labor and often unaffordable price tags, thus leaving many communities to 'bandaid' ongoing issues without ever addressing the root cause of the problem.
I am excited to be Head of Development for, and help in launching IOREX USA alongside my friend and CEO Julie Koo. We have been working hard for over a year to introduce a much-needed, innovative and proven technology for water infrastructure in the United States and North America. This is a device that has been widely used for over 20 years in South Korea where it was developed, as well as other countries in Asia, but had not been available here in the States, until now.
Since IOREX USA launched, the device has been installed in buildings across multiple US states - from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania to New York, as well as a small community in Canada. It is an energy-neutral, chemical-free technology that prevents corrosion and deterioration of water pipes, as well as kills bacteria and eliminates build up and issues associated with hard water. Most exciting to me is the number of issues that it addresses, the fact that it requires no maintenance after installation, and that it is a near-permanent solution (we know it is effective for at least 20 years)!
The big goal: that this will save municipalities across the country from the high costs and disruptions of public water pipe replacement, as well as keep water - and people - safe from the potential dangers of aging or neglected infrastructure without the use of chemicals or wasted public funds.
If you are aware of a community that could benefit, please send me an email. You can visit IOREXUSA.com for more information.
DANA TAI SOON BURGESS will be awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation for bridging communities around the globe through choreography.
We are currently here in Dana's hometown of Santa Fe and heading to Albuquerque tomorrow, May 24th, where Dana will receive the prestigious award, which traditionally acknowledges those who can bridge the arts and sciences to promote peace.
From the UNM News Desk:
"The winner of the 2018 Peace Prize in the general category will be Dana Tai Soon Burgess for his work as an acclaimed choreographer, performance artist, and cultural figure.
Burgess promotes peace and harmony through his art form of dance and his beautiful, innovative choreography. For 25 years, he has worked on projects across the globe as a teacher and a performer engaging audiences and forming friendships around the world. He believes that finding connections between cultures and artists is a key to peace and diplomacy."
Now in its fifth season, the nonprofit FABUM continues with its mission to engage and connect individuals and communities around unique forms of self-expression. As founding artistic director, I am excited for new iterations the organization may have in the near future. Below are two unique, upcoming performance events:
Le Salon: 3 Short Plays in May
Thursday, May 31, 2018
7:30 PM 9:00 PM
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I (Eye) Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the former James Monroe House.
Three 10-minute plays in an immersive ‘Salon’ format with hors d’hoeuvres and libations. Michelle Washington, founder of MMQ, will direct three 10-minute plays: The Story of Our Lives by Madeleine Butler; A Rustle of Wings by Linda Einstein; and Escaping the Funhouse by Tess Light. Guests will be greeted with libations and hors d’oeuvres. ‘Refilling breaks' between each play will allow mingling and the opportunity to enjoy the original work of local and international artists on display throughout the Arts Club.
Yours truly will be playing a part in Tess Light's play. :)
More info and ticket link here.
19: A Musical About Women Winning the Right to Vote
Saturday, June 9, 2018
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
The Arts Club of Washington
This is an extraordinary work and effort in progress. It is a privilege to be able to present 19, written and directed by Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw, with music composed by Charlie Barnett on June 9th.
19 is the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, the suffragists and their fight to get women the right to vote— the 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, spoken word, dance and audience interaction. June 9th at the Arts Club of Washington, the newly revised Act I, including all 19 songs with piano accompaniment, will be presented! Don't miss this unique opportunity to see how "the musical sausage is made." Witness the creative process and be a part of something truly extraordinary!
(This is a “staged reading” workshop. There will also be a Q&A with the creators after the performance!)
More info and ticket link here.
DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY
If you have not already, get your tickets now for “Portraits” at the Kennedy Center!
Do not miss this opportunity to experience something beautiful, truly special, and relevant for the field of modern dance!
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company made history recently as the Smithsonian Institution's first dance company in residence, creating dynamic dance works from exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery.
On Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th at the Kennedy Center, the company presents three new dances created at the National Portrait Gallery during Dana's residency as the Smithsonian Institution's first official choreographer.
The dances, I am Vertical (inspired by the Sylvia Plath: One Life exhibit), After 1001 Nights (inspired by the Faces of Battle: 9/11 to Now exhibition), and Confluence (inspired by an image from the “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, the first exhibition of American modern dance) exemplify Burgess's sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity.
There have been some wonderful articles and interviews surrounding this residency which expand on the groundbreaking artistic journey it is. Here is a head start to some online.
Tickets available through the Kennedy Center.
(from the Department of ‘Yes, seriously.’)
My trusted source: FreeWillAstrology.
By Rob Brezsny, for the week of May 23-29:
ARIES (March 21–April 19): The Aries poet Anna Kamienska described the process of writing as akin to "the backbreaking work of hacking a footpath, as in a coal mine, in total darkness, beneath the earth." Whether or not you're a writer, I'm guessing that your life might have felt like that recently. Your progress has been slow and the mood has been dense and the light has been dim. That's the tough news. The good news is that I suspect you will soon be blessed with flashes of illumination and a semi-divine intervention or two. After that, your work will proceed with more ease. The mood will be softer and brighter.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20): Do you know what you are worth? Have you compiled a realistic assessment of your talents, powers, and capacities? Not what your friends and enemies think you're worth, nor the authority figures you deal with, nor the bad listeners who act like they've figured out the game of life. When I ask you if you have an objective understanding of your real value, Taurus, I'm not referring to what your illusions or fears or wishes might tell you. I'm talking about an honest, accurate appraisal of the gifts you have to offer the world. If you do indeed possess this insight, hallelujah and congratulations! If you don't, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to work on getting it.
GEMINI (May 21–June 20): Now is a favorable time to worship at the shrine of your own intuition. It's a ripe moment to boost your faith in your intuition's wild and holy powers. To an extraordinary degree, you can harness this alternate mode of intelligence to gather insights that are beyond the power of your rational mind to access by itself. So be bold about calling on your gut wisdom, Gemini. Use it to track down the tricky, elusive truths that have previously been unavailable to you.
CANCER (June 21–July 22): "A poem is never finished; it is only abandoned," wrote poet W. H. Auden, paraphrasing poet Paul Valéry. I think the same can be said about many other kinds of work. We may wish we could continue tinkering and refining forever, so as to bring a beloved project to a state of absolute perfection. But what's more likely is that it will always fall at least a bit short of that ideal. It will never be totally polished and completed to our satisfaction. And we've got to accept that. I suggest you meditate on these ideas in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Paradoxically, they may help you be content with how you finish up the current phase of your beloved project.
LEO (July 23–Aug 22): I highly recommend that you spend the next three weeks hanging out on a beach every day, dividing your time between playing games with friends, sipping cool drinks, reading books you've always wanted to read, and floating dreamily in warm water. To indulge in this relaxing extravaganza would be in maximum alignment with the current cosmic rhythms. If you can't manage such a luxurious break from routine, please at least give yourself the gift of some other form of recreation that will renew and refresh you all the way down to the core of your destiny.
VIRGO (Aug 23–Sept 22): Contemporaries of the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras told colorful stories about the man. Some believed he was the son of a god and that one of his thighs was made of gold. When he crossed the Casas River, numerous witnesses testified that the river called out his name and welcomed him. Once a snake bit him, but he suffered no injury and killed the snake by biting it in return. On another occasion, Pythagoras supposedly coaxed a dangerous bear to stop committing violent acts. These are the kinds of legends I expect you to spread about yourself in the coming days, Virgo. It's time to boost your reputation to a higher level.
LIBRA (Sept 23–Oct 22): My counsel may seem extreme, but I really think you should avoid mildness and meekness and modesty. For the immediate future, you have a mandate to roar and cavort and exult. It's your sacred duty to be daring and experimental and exploratory. The cosmos and I want to enjoy the show as you act like you have the right to express your soul's code with brazen confidence and unabashed freedom. The cosmos and I want to squeal with joy as you reveal raw truths in the most emotionally intelligent ways possible.
SCORPIO (Oct 23–Nov 21): French novelist Honoré de Balzac periodically endured intense outbreaks of creativity. "Sometimes it seems that my brain is on fire," he testified after a 26-day spell when he never left his writing room. I'm not predicting anything quite as manic as that for you, Scorpio. But I do suspect you will soon be blessed (and maybe a tiny bit cursed) by a prolonged bout of fervent inspiration. To ensure that you make the best use of this challenging gift, get clear about how you want it to work for you. Don't let it boss you. Be its boss.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22–Dec 21): Ancient civilizations waged war constantly. From Mesopotamia to China to Africa, groups of people rarely went very long without fighting other groups of people. There was one exception: the Harappan culture that thrived for about 2,000 years in the Indus River Valley, which in the present day stretches through Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Archaeologists have found little evidence of warfare there. Signs of mass destruction and heavy armaments are nonexistent. Art from that era and area does not depict military conflict. One conclusion we might be tempted to draw from this data is that human beings are not inherently combative and violent. In any case, I want to use the Harappan civilization's extended time of peace as a metaphor for your life in the next eight weeks. I believe (and hope!) you're entering into a phase of very low conflict.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22–Jan 19): Every human being I've ever known, me included, has to wage a continuous struggle between these pairs of opposites: (1) bad habits that waste their vitality and good habits that harness their vitality, and (2) demoralizing addictions that keep them enslaved to the past and invigorating addictions that inspire them to create their best possible future. How's your own struggle going? I suspect you're in the midst of a turning point. Here's a tip that could prove useful: Feeding the good habits and invigorating addictions may cause the bad habits and demoralizing addictions to lose some of their power over you.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20–Feb 18): "Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one's own castle," said author Franz Kafka. I suspect this idea will be especially relevant to you in the coming weeks, Aquarius. And more than that: In addition to books, other influences may also serve as keys to unfamiliar rooms in your inner castle. Certain people, for instance, may do and say things that give you access to secrets you've been keeping from yourself. A new song or natural wonderland may open doors to understandings that will transform your relationship with yourself. To prep you for these epiphanies, I'll ask you to imagine having a dream at night in which you're wandering through a house you know very well. But this time, you discover there's a whole new wing of the place that you never knew existed.
PISCES (Feb 19–March 20): Just for now, let's say it's fine to fuel yourself with comfort food and sweet diversions. Let's proceed on the hypothesis that the guardians of your future want you to treat yourself like a beloved animal who needs extra love and attention. So go right ahead and spend a whole day (or two) in bed reading and ruminating and listening to soul-beguiling music. Take a tour through your favorite memories. Move extra slowly. Do whatever makes you feel most stable and secure. Imagine you're like a battery in the process of getting recharged.