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Evening of Poetry and Dance II

1978 - Baby It's About Time! an absurd and outrageous social commentary event performed by dancers with Washington, DC's most controversial performance poet (maybe first RAP artist), Chasen Gaver Chasen Gaver performed live his own poems sometimes using ... more »

Faces of the Fallen

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 Maida Withers Script Concept ... more »

Families Are Forever

1981 - Families Are Forever is a four-part multimedia narrative presented at the Renwick Gallery of Art and the Division of Performing Arts, Smithsonian during the Memorial Day weekend May 28 and 29, 1981 as a tribute to families remembered ... more »

Families Are Forever: Veiled Threat, Performance Documentary

Veiled Threat is a reconstruction of an eight-minute excerpt from Maida Withers eloquent evening-length work, Families Are Forever (1981) Costumes are by Judith Hansen The sound score is original text derived from the genealogy lines of Woodruff Rust ... more »

FareWell (TRAILER) (1:11)

Excerpts from FareWell - The End of the World As We Know It OR Dancing Your Way to Paradise! Maida Withers - Dancer and Choreographer Steve Hilmy - Electronic Composer and Musician Ayo Okunseinde - New Media Artist Fare Well is as extreme ... more »

FareWell - Maida Withers Comments

FareWell - To the End of the World As We Know It OR Dancing Your Way to Paradise! was presented in Puebla, Mexico in 2009 at Performatica During our residency Linda Lewett interviewed Maida Withers, choreography/dancer, Steve Hilmy, composer/musician, and ... more »

Fare Well - The End of the World as We Know It OR Dancing Your Way to Paradise DOCUMENTARY PERFORMANCE (38:58)

"Fare Well is a modern Greek-style tragedy, delivered by a warrior goddess" Ballet-Dance Magazine, Carmel Morgan Fare Well - an evening-length performance by pioneering choreographer Maida Withers, Steve Hilmy, electronic musician/composer, and Ayo Okunseinde, new media artist Fare Well brings ... more »

FareWell: Comments by choreographer Maida Withers (6:59)

Maida Withers shares the process of creation of Fare Well, as a project, in collaboration with the composer, Steve Hilmy, new media artist, Ayo Okunseinde, poets, David McAleavey and Alex Caldiero and dancers in the USA and Kenya, Africa ... more »

FareWell: Comments by visual artist Ayo Okunseinde (5:27)

Ayodamola Okunseinde, new media artist, shares his views about art and the Fare Well project Video excerpts of his images are featured along with those of composer, Steve Hilmy, and choreographer Maida Withers This interview was shot on location in Cholula, ... more »

FareWell: Comments on electronic music by Steve Hilmy

Steve Hilmy, electronic composer and musician, shares his views about virtual music and the Fare Well project while assembling his instruments for a rehearsal with Maida Withers, dancer, in Puebla, Mexico for Performatica, a national and international dance festival The performance ... more »

FareWell: Rising Tide PERFORMANCE DOCUMENTARY (12:13)

Choreographer - Maida Withers Dancers - Eva Dornstreich, Alex Lang, Brooke Miller, Lydia Mokdessi, Christine Moloney, Kristin Pepin Costume Concept - Maida Withers Costume Design - Karen Cerkez Light Design - John Neiderhouser Set Design - Anthony Gongora Audio Design – Marc Friend Rising Tide, a dance ... more »

FareWell: Tipping Point

Part of the FareWell Dance Series: Performance at the Nikolais Centennial Celebration Concert, NYC, NY December 4, 2010

FareWell: Tipping Point DOCUMENTARY PERFORMANCE (15:00)

Choreographer - Maida Withers Dancer - Jadee Mitchell Music composition/performance - Steve Hilmy New Media - Ayo Okunseinde Costume Concept - Maida Withers Tipping Point, part of the Fare Well project, is a solo originally created by Maida Withers, choreographer, for Jadee Mitchell, that explores ... more »

FareWell: Uncertain World - PERFORMANCE DOCUMENTARY (27:15)

The improvisation performance, Uncertain World, was the first investigation event related to the Fare Well project Movement and music ideas that spontaneously occurred during this performance were carried forward into future explorations in creating dances for the Fare Well ... more »

FareWell In Africa: Parched Earth - Remembrances from Tomorrow DOCUMENTARY PERFORMANCE (24:33)

Choreographer/Director – Maida Withers (USA) Dancers/Collaborators: Neema Bagamunhanda, Rebecca Gatu, Joseph Kanyenjo, Michael Muritha, Evans Ng’ang’a, Kepha Oiro, Juliette Omalo, Mark Onhango (Kenya) Composition/Music – Steve Hilmy (USA) New Media – Ayodamola Okunseinde (USA) Light Design – John Njoroge (Kenya) Producer: GoDown Center ... more »

Fascination (Improvisation in Concert) JeYoung Kim and Maida Withers

1994 -JeYoung Kim and Maida Withers improvise in concert in Washington, DC to a poem Fascination, by Young Tai Kim, Korea, that "expresses our inner feelings-sometimes kin and on other occasions, cruel As in life we ... more »

Fascination - Improvisation in Concert

Je Young Kim and Maida Withers improvise in concert, Dance of Maida Withers and Je Young Kim, based on a poem by Young Tai Kim, Korea, that "expresses our inner feelings-sometimes kin and on other occasions, cruel As ... more »

Freedom of Information

Excerpts of a 24-hour Endurance Event by Maida Withers in Washington, DC In response to the ongoing US military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq Miguel Gutierrez invited artists across the country to participate in freedom of information 2008 The directives were ... more »

From Movement to Dance, People, Creatures, Things (1967)

1976 - Maida created this 16mm film as part of her educational engagement with dance for children Maida was an active participant in the inauguration of the USA national Artist-in-Schools initiative that brought artists into public schools for curriculum ... more »

Hekuras - Spirits of the Rainforest (2002)

Multidimensional dance, computer art, new music based on the Amazon Rainforest - Spirits of the Rainforest Created in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Brazilian dancers ( Wilson Aguiar, Marines Calori Andrea Fraga, Beth Bastos, Suia Ferluto); computer art by Tania Fraga; ... more »

Hekuras - Spirits of the Rainforest (2010)

Hekuras - Spirits of the Rainforest was shortened from the 2002 version created with Brazilian dancers in Sao Paulo, Brazil and performed by dancers at The George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance for the Spring 2010 DanceWorks concert ... more »

ICEBERGS: Fault Line by Maida Withers at Small Format Dance Festival in Yekaterinburg, Russia

ICEBERGS: Fault Line / Premiere, Solo Variation of GLACIAL DRIFT Choreographer / Performer: Maida Withers Composer / Musician: Steven C Hilmy Poet / Sonospher: Alex Caldiero

 Poet: David McAleavey Vocal/Reader: Svetlana Perevalova Small Format Contemporary Dance Festival Yekaterinburg History Museum Yekaterinburg, Russia August 26, 2016 Video ... more »

ICEBERGS: GLACIAL DRIFT_teaser

GLACIAL DRIFT premiere presents a cool evening in the National Building Museum's astonishing ICEBERGS INSTALLATION - an evening of Dance, Music, and Poetry in the Surreal Underwater-World of ICEBERGS Choreography by Maida Withers with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company; ... more »

Interview - Dance and Technology

Stacy Palatt interviews Maida Withers on the relationship of technology to creating and performing original dance work, 1968 to 2014

Interview - Maida Withers with Wen Hui and Feng Dehua, Beijing, China

"I Am Not Afraid!" Maida Withers is interviewed by Chinese dance artist, Wen Hui, Living Dance Studio, Beijing with translation by Feng Dehua, writer, Beijing, China, assisted by Estelle Zheng, performer, Paris, France Maida discusses making dances for ... more »

Interview with Performance - Capitol Edition (1985)

"When Maida Moves" Television special and interview in 1985, on CAPITAL EDITION, CBS - Channel 9 - Studio 11, Washington, DC Choreographer/dancer, Maida Withers, is featured with members of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company - Brook Andrews, Dale ... more »

Investigation of Late (2002)

Maida created and performed this work with Lotta Lundgren, dancer from Sweden, for the concert five Views - 5 Companies Maida produced with the GW Department of Theatre and Dance at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, May 3 and 4, ... more »

In Voluntary Encounters: Performance Documentary

Maida Withers Dance Construction Company and Guest Artists from NYC, Boston and Japan create an interactive event of dance, live video feed, film, and electronic music that features improvisations by choreographers who perform and a composer who performs: Nate Bond, ... more »

In Winds of Sand (DC)

Performance and visual installation based on Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey: innocent, martyr, orphan, caretaker, warrior, destroyer, magician, and the ruler In Winds of Sand was performed in Washington, DC and internationally in Korea, Venezuela and The Netherlands Withers "Statement to the ... more »

In Winds of Sand (Korea)

Performance and visual installation based on Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey: innocent, martyr, orphan, caretaker, warrior, destroyer, magician, and the ruler In Winds of Sand was performed in Washington, DC and internationally in Korea, Venezuela and The Netherlands Withers "Statement to the ... more »

In Winds of Sand (Venezuela)

1997 - Performance and visual installation based on Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey: innocent, martyr, orphan, caretaker, warrior, destroyer, magician, and the ruler In Winds of Sand was performed in Washington, DC and internationally in Korea, Venezuela and The Netherlands Withers "Statement ... more »

Issues of Gender

Provocative exhibition stimulates provocative dance response throughout the Arlington Art Center In 1991 there was a growing awareness and sensitivity to issues about gender Maida Withers was commissioned to create dance works throughout Arlington Art Center, Arlington, Virginia ... more »

Kickstarter Campaigne MindFluctuations Premiere

Fundraising campaign for the premiere of MindFluctuations on March 19, 2015, Lisner Auditorium 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Laser Dance "Suites of Light" - Presentation

1985 - Laser Dance "Suites of Light" - Artists' public presentation of the creation of a multidisciplinary performance project The artists, with an audience of 300 people, explored how the multiple art forms (laser light beams, dance, and ... more »

Laser Dance: EXCERPTS, DOCUMENTARY PERFORMANCE (20:13)

Evening-length space odyssey that takes place inside a lrage-scale installation of argon laser beams originating from upstage center and projecting toward 50 mirrors placed in the auditorium and on stage Features a sound installation responsive to the laser beams Concept and ... more »

Ledge

Ledge is a mythical journey performed by Maida Withers and John Lancaster to an original new music score by composer Michael Willis in a sparse stage set of hanging ropes This is a full evening duet in seven segments: "Moving ... more »

MAIDA I (2011) (FILM) (2:45)

The camera is turned on Maida Withers in this study of motion and the force of nature by Ayodamola Okunseinde Dancer, choreographer, film director - Maida Withers Editor / Narrative Design – Ayodamola Okunseinde Camera - Anthony Gongora, Ayodamola Okunseinde, Sarah Snyder, Amy ... more »

MAIDA II (FILM) (2:54)

Film short featuring Maida Withers in a whimsical struggle for artistic enlightenment and risk taking with animation by Callison Slater Shot in the Bella Faccia Inc television studio as part of Withers Dance Portraits on Screen Series Concept ... more »

Maida on Maida in the Universe

One-woman show created and performed by Maida Withers February 14/15, 2003, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre Washington, DC Withers artistic life and work parallel current scientific ideas and theories of the origin and fate/demise of the universe A ... more »

Maida on Maida in the Universe - Installation

Video history of Maida Withers choreography projected as an integral part of the stage performance Maida on Maida in the Universe One-woman show created and performed by Maida Withers, february 14/15, 2003 in Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Washington, DC For ... more »

Maida Withers: A Choreographer's Life

2006 (April 13 - 21) - An exhibition in the Dimock Gallery, 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 Choreographer's Life ... more »