Dance Improvisation Performance Events (1972-81)

1972 –  Starting in 1972, every six to 10 weeks,  Maida Withers, Brook Andrews, John Bailey, and GW MA graduate students created dance and movement improvisation events in GW’s Building K gymnasium and Building J dance studio spaces and in sites around Washington, DC.  John Driscoll became an important collaborator as a visual artist and sculptor working with electronic technology  in creating sound with objects.

1979 – A series of scripted and improvised dance performance events with MWDCCo dancers and musician / sculptor, John Driscoll, creating and altering the performance space with sculptural objects and everyday items during the event.

1981 “MWDCCo presents a spontaneous, scripted evening-length, improvisation performance in GW’s Building K Theatre, December 6, 1981 and December 7, 1981.

Example of content: For one of the more memorable events, Driscoll brough a live fish on the end of a fishing rod and line. At was at these events that we asked the question, “Can the musician be a sculptor and a musician at the same time?” “Can the dancer fish and dance at once?”  All events were held in GW’s Studio K Theatre, Washington, DC. Event/performances were created and presented almost every six to eight weeks during this experimental period. No further information is available about these events.No written record has been located for most of these events. Improvisation performance and events have been an important consistent aspect of MWDCCo.  The definition of improvisation has expanded and clarified over the years.  In addition to independent performances of improvisation,  that skill, improvisation in rehearsal and performance, is essential to the process of MWDCCo. Improvisation events and dances are given names and are included with other choreography in the archives.

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