The TIMELINE and ARCHIVES present a comprehensive 40-year history of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company that highlights videos and photographs of thought provoking stage works, improvisation performances, site projects, and films, along with events that reveal the Company’s extended reach and interest in experimentation and international engagement.
The concert bore her unmistakable stamp, a kind of aesthetic aroma compounded of equal parts wit, iconoclasm, and inventive curiosity. What binds together Withers’ choreography is not stories, romance, sex, or sociology, but the sheer exhilaration and imaginative fallout of movement, movement interpreted in the widest and most liberated sense.
Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post
Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, founded in 1974 in Washington, DC, is a vibrant artist-driven organization that mixes dance and performance with technology and media to create thought-provoking works for stage, site, and video in a collaborative process with artists, scientists and others committed to a process of experimentation. Our work is deeply immersive, human, bold, and moving – characterized by groundbreaking, inventive, stimulating ideas and technological innovation.
The current work is on dance and technology and the interface with human emotional expression related to popular global culture. Interactive works driven by social and political consciousness have featured rotating loudspeakers, laser beams, wireless cameras, cyber worlds, video installations, video feedback, always with original music created and performed live. Maida Withers, Founder and Artistic Director, has created a significant body of work, over 100 dances of breadth and vision. The Company tours internationally once or twice each year with residencies and performance in Russia, Germany, Poland, France, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Croatia, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and others with performances at Lincoln Center GREAT DANCE in the Band shell (NYC), Luna Theatre (Moscow), Teatro Cacilda Becker (Rio de Janeiro), Warner Theatre, Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC). Site works have been created for Lenin Museum (Krasnoyarsk, Russia), Museum of Image and Sound (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Holy Rood Cemetery, Corcoran Gallery of Art and Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), among others. Dance film shorts have been selected for showing at film festivals in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Washington, DC, Utah, others. The 40th anniversary in 2014-15 celebrates the contribution of the dancers, visual artists, filmmakers, scientists and others who have contributed time and talent to invigorate and sustain the presence of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company’s artistic voice.