Catching Butterflies and Other Things That Move

Original Performance on April 27, 1979


1979 – “Fast paced dance of a recurring movement phrase where dancers interrupt and obstruct the motion of other dancers. The movements used to interrupt and those movements that are interrupted are both manipulated and employed in the structural development of the choreography.” (Program)

The choreography originated out of movements from Phase Tracing II – a phrase created by Brook Andrews that moves horizontally across the space.  This cast featured Brook Andrews, John Bailey, Maida Withers, JoAnn Sellars, Betty Tittsworth

The idea is that all movements are equal in value. The “dance” movement interrupted by someone grabbing an arm and the grabbing gesture all have equal value as dance and can be danced independent of the function of interruption. The movements required to interrupt and stop a dancer became movements in the choreography when they did not interrupt a dancer.

Television PSA states: Maida Withers presents CONCERT OF DANCE featuring the Dance Construction Company;  February 28 & March 1 at 8:00 pm and March 2 at 5:00 and 8:00 pm, 1979.  Studio Theatre, Building K at GWU, 817 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC featuring Maida Withers Dance Construction Company.

City Dance ’80 presents MWDCCo in the Warner Theatre  sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society, May 9, 1980 at 8:00 pm. Liz Lerman was the Artistic Advisor. That cast included Brook Andrews, Kathryn Hartman, Anne McDonald, Vincent Wineglass, Maida Withers, Don Zuckerman.

Videos include:  PSA; Rehearsal in Building K;  Rehearsal in Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre.
Sm Catch ButterDon - costume - balance on one leg tilt turn Sm Catch ButterBrook - costume - hop air Sm Catch ButterReh. Brooke skip in air - slide Sm Catch ButterReh - Brooke reach over leg of yellow female - slide Sm Catch ButterReh - Brooke tilts head female dancer in yellow - slide Sm Catch ButterReh - trio skip in air - slide Sm Catch ButterReh - Brooke lift Don in air woman hand stand - slide

What the press is saying

D.C. Dance Fever "After a jubilant kickoff celebration last Saturday afternoon, City Dance '80 continues its celebration with three nights of performances at Washington's Warner Theatre. Ten companies plus a world premiere will be featured in the three consecutive concerts, beginning tonight, Thursday, May 8, 1980 at 8:00 pm." Carolyn Kelemen
The Washington Performing Arts Society will present ten resident dance companies plus a world premiere for City Dance'80 during the festival which continues Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm." Arlington-Alexandria Calendar

Artists and Collaborators
Original Phrase
Collaborating Dancers
Hand Painted Costumes
Music Composition
Lighting Design
Added Dancers, 1981
Other Performances
  • Warner Theatre - City Dance '80(map) on May 9, 1980
  • (map) on January 1, 1970
Additional Information