1994 – Ancient Lands – Ancient Peoples was an important early part of the development of MWDCCo environment initiatives. The specific concept of Ancient Lands – Ancient Peoples was to develop an association with shamanic powers and their role in more ancient cultures. The work was developed as a ritual duet and then as solo. In this dramatic work, grounded by the association with the Earth, Maida performs as a primal figure with painted white face and plastic tubes flowering from her head as a shaman figure – female creativity. The work was performed in Tokyo, Japan, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China; and in Seoul, Korea.
What the press is saying
In the rehearsal hall of Guangdong Modern Dance Company, I met 57-year-old Ms. Maida Withers from the United States ... with her golden hair, the graceful outline of her face, her big-boned frame and her forceful and brilliant dancing posture... God gave her a perfect figure to be a dancer. Xu Ling, Guangzhou Youth Daily, Guangdong, China Xu Ling