Ancient Lands – Ancient Peoples

Original Performance on April 2, 1994

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.

Japan - MRW blue tubes lifted on head Japan- MRW tubes swing - full body

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

Artists and Collaborators
Choreographer and Dancer
Earth Video
Photographic Slides
Other Performances
  • Guangdong Dance Company Studio Theater, Gunagzhou, China(map) on January 1, 1970
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