Tukuhnikivatz (Film Installation Live Performance)

Original Performance on September 8, 1996

1996 and 1997 – Tukuhnikivatz was originally created for projection as part of the evening-length multimedia production Utah * Spirit Place * Spirit Planet * Tukuhnikivatz at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors GREAT DANCE in the BANDSHELL. Shot on location at Muley Point and Butler Wash, Canyonlands, Arches, Utah and other locations in the Four Corners Area of the Southwest, USA. Tukuhnikivatz has been edited and shortened for submission to film festivals under the names TUK I and TUK II.and TUK (Tukuhnikivatz).

Concert Work and Installation:
Concept / Director / Choreographer: Maida Withers
Music Director: Brent Michael Davids
Photographs: Bruce Hucko
Kinetic Light Sculptor: Adam Peiperl
Camera: James Byrne and Verabel Call Cluff
Editor: Stefani Altomare-Sese
Production of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company
Dancers: Will Moreau Goins, Timothy Harling, Cristy Lamb, Emily Ojala, Maida Withers
Musicians: Brent Michael Davids, Crystal Quartz Flute; Melissa Angel, Double Bass; Will Moreau Goins, Vocalist; Dasha Hlavenka, Violin; Joe Myers, Classial Guitar.

Tukuhnikivatz (Ute: Tukuhni-kivatz) is a name given by the Ute Nation to a perfectly pointed mountain in southeastern Utah, a future gathering place of the ancients.

Supported, in part, by Sunny and Hardy Redd, GW Television, Joe Pachak, Bruce Hucko, Tony Anderson, Craig Law, Cristy Powell, Becky Knoff, Maida and Arlen Withers, DCCo Board of Directors, Nancy Tartt, Paul Caffrey, Yordanos Baharu, KUED Television, At the Canyon’s Edge, Canyonlands Field Institute, NASA, USDA forest Service, US Department of Interior,

Adam Peiperl’s Kaleidoscope images by permission of Prime Lens Productions Inc. from the video of Barbara Mitchell’sSpectrasphere

Maida Withers
Copyright (c) 1996

Other Performances
  • DC DC Environmental Film Festival (Outside - South Wall)(map) on April 17, 1997