1995 – The title of the DC International Improvisation Plus+ Festival did not come into existence until the 3rd or 4th year of the festival. The idea began in 1995 as a simple evening event in building J Down when a friend, David Raphael Israel, came from out of the country and we created a public scripted / improvised event with David improvising on piano. Maida performed with other dancers – their names are not available. In 1996 we repeated a simple evening of dance, music and text improvisation. From there the idea of an annual festival emerged. It was a natural development for Maida Withers because of the many embassies located in Washington, DC. Funding for international artists was accessible through the embassies. Local funds for such revolutionary-type ideas was non-existant.
In our opinion, the DC Int’l Improvisation Plus Festivals set the stage and developed the audience and press for the eventual DC Capitol Fringe Festival.