1977 – Give the Dancers Castenets: The first evening-length collaboration of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company with performance poet, Chasen Gaver, Dance Project, Adams Morgan, Washington, DC with Sculptor, Edward LeBoe; Architect, Terry Rosenheck.
Chasen Gaver wrote new poems and selected previous poems that he performed with the dancers on stage. He was considered a Washington, DC “original.” Some say he was one of Washington, DC’s first rappers.
Beloved Chasen was one of the earliest in Washington, DC to die of AIDS. Chasen Gaver’s papers, 1977-1988 (collection number 7575) are part of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at the Cornell University Library. http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/htmldocs/RMM07575.html