Evening of Poetry and Dance I

Original Performance on December 9, 1977

Chasen Gaver

1977 – The first evening-length collaboration of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company with performance poet, Chasen Gaver,  Dance Project, Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.

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

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