1986 – State of the Art examines the conflict of art and the artist in American society. The rapid development of arts management looms as a potential to independence and innovation by the artist. Press Release: State of the Art is a seduction of the dance artists by the business of dance. The question, “Does Dance as Business pose a threat to Dance as Art?” State of the Art is a powerful dance-drama based on today’s artist’s struggle to survive the socio/economic demands of the 1980s. Maida devised a list of statements by leading dance artists and sometime managers and asked the audience to match the statement with the artists name. In 1986 perhaps the relationship of management and dance was more intense than today. Management continues to be a problem for the dance artist and is continually of concern to Withers when the focus shifts from questions related to art and becomes a commodity for the industry.
DC composer – Michael Willis – driving musical score for twenty instruments realized on a synthesizer. (Music score available in MWDCCo file).
State of the Art Video (15:00) Award winning dance documentary. Maida Withers Choreographer; Linda Lewett, Editor
National award for Independent Cable Programming, Metro Arts Program, Fairfax, Virginia.