Category Archives: Works

Cuba – Havana Today (Documentary Short 8:39)

2007 - Maida visited Havana and made this simple record of the sights and sounds on the streets of Havana, Cuba with her Sony mini-dv camera   Fidel Castro was gravely ill on the day of this documentary, February 11, ...

Cuba – Santiago de Cuba: In the Eye of the Beholder (Short Film 10:00)

2007 - This informal film short reveals Maida's brief engagement with the people and culture in Cuba Sensual dance, jazz music, voodoo, religion, and revolution are part of the Haitian-Afro-Cuban culture of Santiago Maida visited Cuba for ten days, February 5 ...

Cuba – Trumpet Man – Inaudis Paisan Mallet (Film Short 7:08)

2007 - Maida visited Cuba for ten days, February 5 - 10, 2007 to study the dance/text/ritual of the Cutumba Ballet Folklorico Santiago de Cuba  Jim Lepore, dancer/choreographer/professor, made this trip possible Beloved and revered trumpeter, Inaudis Paisan Mallet, plays and ...

Comeback Women, Meru, Kenya (Film 9:40)

2007 - During a second trip to Kenya, Africa, Maida visited Meru at the invitation of Karambu Ringera, Kenyan political and social activist who was building a school, providing space and incentives for small cottage industries with the women of ...

Dance DC – Street Dance (Film Short 3:40)

2006 - Maida Withers, founder and Co- curator of DC International Improvisation Plus+ Festival created a video that mixed the street protest at 1700 K Street, Washington, DC with the street dance by Lotta Lundgren and Amanda Abrams on K ...

Thresholds Crossed

2006 - "A fusion of East and West that explores the events, ideology and humanistic issues that link the US with the former Soviet Union and contemporary Russia Colored by the implied humor of propaganda art, old scars of the ...

Maida Withers: A Choreographer’s Life

April 13 - April 21, 2006 - An exhibition at the Dimock Gallery in Washington, DC - a retrospective of photographs, video, and costumes that celebrates 35 years of innovative works by Washington's noted groundbreaking dancer and choreographer, Maida Withers A ...

TILT by mostly men..a spirited contest

2005 Performance at the Kennedy Center Millenniel Stage related to the 11th DC International Improvisation Plus+ Festival  The theme of the improvisation was "to tilt" the body  Most of the people in the performance were men  Who can tilt the ...

Shocked and Odd – Live Art (Russia)

2005 - Shocked and Odd - Live  Art was an idea encouraging extreme movement and character concepts for improvisation that took place in Russia with an American living in Amsterdam, two Americans living in the USA, and one dancer from ...

LENIN “Memorium” (Krasnoyarsk, Russia)

2005 - Evening-length political work created by Maida Withers for the historic Lenin Museum  in Krasnoyarsk Russia with 13 Russian dancers along with Nikolai Shchetnev and three American dance artists The work was first titled, "Memorium"  The work was part ...

Shocked and Odd – Live Art (DC)

2004 - Shocked and Odd - Live Art was an idea encouraging extreme movement and character concepts for improvisation that took place in DC with several of the worlds best improvising dancers   Withers states, "Without a question, performing with ...

Faces of the Fallen – World War II Monument

2004 - World War II Memorial Site Event created by Maida Withers with six  dancers from The George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance, Washington, DC Faces of The Fallen A Moving Tribute National World War II Memorial & Lincoln Memorial Washington, DC Also presented ...

Solosphere Project (Solovky Island, Russia)

2004 - Solosphere Project took place on Solovky Island, Russia - Art Angar Contemporary Center for Art:  Maida Withers and Anthony Gongora, dancers, Linda Lewett, filmmaker, and Audrey Chen, cellist/vocalist, participated in a unique residency with dancers from Finland and ...

In Grass Tall (Arkhangelsk, Russia)

2004 - For TOUCH 3 International Modern Dance Festival in Arkhangelsk, Russia, Maida directed an original site-specific work, In Grass Tall, that took place at the Merci Café (elevated space) and related streets in downtown Arkhangelsk, Russia Performers included Maida ...

Thresholds Crossed – Gulag / Art Angar (Film 3:51)

2004 - Political dance film,  shot in unique Soviet Era architectural structure, Solovky Island Russia on the White Sea The unique building was the hangar for a dirigible (airship) that delivered supplies to the GULAG Solovki Island and the GULAG ...