Families are Forever

Original Performance on May 28, 1981

1981 – Families Are Forever is a four-part multimedia narrative presented at the Renwick Gallery of Art, Division of Performing Arts, Smithsonian Institution  during the Memorial Day weekend May 28 and 29, 1981 or ?3 as a tribute to families remembered.  Families are Forever is expressive of the unseen connections of families both backward and forward in time expressive of the subtle but powerful connections of families.  The dynamic yet softly flowing movements combine with slides and narrative to explore the love and tensions that form family bonds.

Families Are Forever was also performed in GW’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre June 16 and June 18, 1982 as part of the GW Summer Dance Workshop Performance Series.  This version included an installation by Janet Saad Cook, music by Joe Clark, lighting design by Wm DeMull and costumes by the dancers.

Flyer text:  “Families is a tightly woven dance expressive of the subtle but powerful connections of families.  the dynamic yet softly flowing movements combine with slides and narrative to explore the love and tensions which form family bonds.” (Maida Withers)

Quote on the flyer:  “Although Maida Withers’ new “Families Are Forever” is about ties that chafe as well as bind, it has a gentle reassuring tone…it is tightly constructed – it’s a dance that always knows where it is going.” Alexandra Tomalonis – Washington Post.

The original choreography, by Maida Withers, was created in 1982 on Maida Withers Dance Construction Company for stage presentation and adapted a year later for the performance at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon,  on Memorial Day 1983.

Original Dancers:  Frances Babb, John Bailey,  Dale Crittenberger, Susan Jamieson, *Eric Withers, *Marc Withers, Maida Withers. Additional dancers for the second cast included Susan Bensinger, and Liliana Fortna

Marc and Eric Withers were 11 when they performed in this work.
Photographs for the flyer and press were by Dennis Deloria
Type design/layout concept for the flyer by Calvert.

Excerpt included on CBS TV Capital Edition Interview: http://maidadance.com/works/when-maida-moves-television-interview-cbs-washington-dc/
Reconstruction: Veiled Threat (2012):  Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Washington, DC  https://vimeo.com/43991482
Part II – Original Cast: Veiled Threat:  https://vimeo.com/35583218
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1 - Duet - John lifts Marc (child) in the air - slide3 - Quartet - close with Francis hand hang over Susan - slide
4 -MRW close with hair flowing - slide
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3 - Susan close with hand pressing her face - slide
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3 - Duet - Dale leans back on John - slide
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