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Nathaniel Bond is the newest member of The Dance Construction Company, joining the group in 2010 for the creation of the film, Collision Course.  He received his BFA in Dance from George Mason University.  During his studies at GMU, Nate performed works by notable choreographers Lar Lubovich, Mark Morris, and Robert Battle.  Nate also has competitive ballroom dance experience and regularly teaches people of all ages how to dance.  He hopes to innovate methods and choreography for partner dancing through his eclectic training in ballet, modern, contact improvisation, and ballroom dance.

Lauren Ruth Burke sound designer, grew up in northern rural Maryland on a beautiful horse farm. She received her B.A. in studio art from Sweet Briar College and also completed the Digital Film program in the Center of Digital Imagery Arts Boston University. A phonetic information gatherer, Lauren is interested in the non-invasive sounds that intrigue space. Lauren created the soundscape for MAIDA II.

Brent Michael Davids Professional Concert and Film Composer, and American Indian citizen of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation. Born: June 4, 1959, Madison, Wisconsin. Currently operating a music company he founded, Blue Butterfly Group (BBG). American Indian Music Expert, serving as Educator and Consultant to Schools, Festivals, Seminars and Workshops. Founding Artistic Advisor of the First Nations Composer Initiative (FNCI) with the American Composers Forum (ACF). Davids' composer career spans 35 years, including awards from ASCAP, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, In-Vision, Joffrey Ballet, Chanticleer, Kronos Quartet, Meet-The-Composer, Miró Quartet, National Symphony Orchestra, Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and Jerome Foundation, among others. Davids has also been commissioned by Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer, for Night Chant (1997), Mohican Soup (1999), and Un-Covered Wagon (2003). In 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts named Davids among the nation's most celebrated choral composers in its project "American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius" along with Leonard Berstein, Stephen Foster, and 25 others.

Anthony Gongora is an Interdisciplinary Artist who is compelled by driving curiosity and imagination to create.  His ongoing quest to fully explore and understand life has been expressed through his fingertips on computer keyboards, canvasses and clay, and also through the soles of his feet dancing on stages that traverse the globe.  His creative endeavors ultimately lead him back to the body -- whether in digital or touchable form, where he finds that the kinesthetic impulse is a constant source of wonder, investigation and interpretation.  To Anthony, film and dance represent a symbiotic union that he uses to push the boundaries of time, space and the body, combining these art forms to expose psychological and emotional complexities. Anthony is an accomplished choreographer, performer, visual artist and educator, currently teaching at The University of the District of Columbia as an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Art in the school of Mass Media Visual & Performing Arts and also at the George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance.  Anthony has received several awards for his choreography, which has been performed in venues such as Joyce SoHo, NYC; Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago; St. Mark’s Church, DanspaceProject, NYC and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.  Performance experience includes dancing with the companies of Troika Ranch (NYC), Mordine & Company Dance Theatre (Chicago), Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (DC), Jan Erkert & Dancers (Urbana) and Bob Eisen Dance (Chicago). To view Anthony’s choreography as well as his visual artworks of graphic design, set design, sculpture, videography and painting, visit: www.anthonygongora.com.

Steve Hilmy A conservatory trained musician known for his riveting electronic compositions and performances, Steve has performed in Russia, Mexico, Croatia, and Kenya. Steve is the highly regarded Director of the Electronic and Computer Music Studio in Washington, DC at The George Washington University where he has taught for 20 years.  Steve received his Bachelor of Arts, 1984, from GW University, and his Masters of Music in Composition, 1991, from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The John Hopkins University.  Steve was born in Aberdeen, Scotland.  He studied composition with William Albright at the University of Michigan and with Jean Eichelberger Ivey and Chen Yi at the Peabody Conservatory. Steve has won awards from such organizations as the Southeastern Composers League, ASCAP, BMI, the Peabody Conservatory, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, including First Prize in the Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest for "Icarus Falling" (piano and electronics, 1989); the Gustav Klemm Prize for Composition from the Peabody Conservatory in 1991; and 2nd place prize in the Prix d’été II composition competition at the Peabody Conservatory for “Us” (tenor saxophone and electronics, 1999).  Hilmy has been the musical director of the Dance Construction Company for seven years, improvising in public events and creating music for films and concert works: Thresholds Crossed, Collision Course, Fare Well, others.  “Stimulated and influenced by both environmental and industrial soundscapes, Hilmy balances electronic compositional structures against improvisational synthetic sound design for a provocative musical amalgam."

Bruce Hucko freelance photographer, author, art educator and radio producer whose primary work focuses on art, indigeneity and the environment. The landscape of the American West and the relationship people have with it figures largely in all of his work. He was recognized in 1984 by the Rockefeller Bros. Fund as one of 30 leading art educators in the United States and received a Rockefeller Bros. Fund Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Fifteen books feature his photographic work exclusively and he has contributed to more than a dozen other. His media credits include National Park Service slide shows for Arches National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. His book, Where There Is No Name For Art: The Art of Tewa Pueblo Children (120 pages, School of American Research Press, 1997) received a 1998 Southwest Book Award and the 1997 Carey McWilliams Award given by Multicultural Review Magazine as "the best book of the year on the U.S. experience of cultural diversity. Bruce's photographs are featured in TUK.

Ludovic Jolivet, a native of Paris, France, was first trained in physical theatre.  He has performed in and directed theatre performances in both Europe and America.  Mr. Jolivet has a BFA in dance and a MFA in choreography, and has studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contact Improv, choreography and video dance.  He has also studied Argentine Tango and has performed with Tiempo de Tango.  Mr. Jolivet has created and directed dances for film that have been presented at venues and dance festivals worldwide; his choreography for stage has traveled the US, Europe, and the Middle East.  He has worked for 10 years with CityDance Ensemble as a choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, and senior manager of FilmWorks, creating and directing dances for film.  Mr. Jolivet has taught dance and theatre courses at universities in the DC area and St Mary’s County.  He has made video documentaries and archives for numerous companies in the US, including Joe Goode, Doug Varone, CityDance Ensemble, Dakshina, EdgeWorks, among others.  He has participated in four international 48-hour film festival projects, one of which won the Best Choreography award.  Mr. Jolivet moved to Paris, France, in 2008, continuing his career in dance and film. He has collaborated with international choreographers on projects at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, and worked in the French film industry, coaching actors in dance and choreographing for film.  Mr. Jolivet recently traveled to the Middle East to teach a Dance on Camera workshop during the Ramallah Dance Festival.
“Art is a human expression, and what is essential in the performance of any concept or design is the human presence.  Art is a means to educate people, to bring back awareness of the essence and beauty of life, to reach people deep inside and provoke changes, and ultimately to encourage spiritual/social growth.”

Tzveta Kassabova believes that dance is a visual art form.  She has always been fascinated by the concept of space and is constantly trying to address it in both her choreography and design. Tzveta was born in Bulgaria and at different times has been a gymnast, physicist, and meteorologist. As a dancer, Tzveta has been part of Ed Tyler, Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig, Shua group and David Dorfman Dance companies and has performed in works of many wonderful choreographers. Her own work has been presented both in Europe and the US. She received a Metro DC Dance Award (2008), the Prince George’s Arts Council Grant (2009) and the Maryland State Arts Council Award 2010 and 2011. She holds three Master’s degrees. Tzveta currently teaches dance at the George Washington University. Tzveta also loves creating costumes, video projections, set designs and installations.

Ayodamola Okunseinde – Multimedia / Electronic Artist who is the founder of Washington, DC's experimental gallery - Dissident Display.  Born in Montclair New Jersey, Ayo spent his formative years living in Nigeria, Oman and Holland. He studied at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Art and New York Film Academy, La Femis Film Program, Paris, France. Ayo's extensive travels (33 countries) have influenced his work and artistic direction. As creative director and visual artist working in the multimedia field, Ayo has worked with notable artists like Donald Odita and Ike Ude.  He has made significant contributions to the Washington D.C. arts scene through his projects "Smacktv: a contemporary arts show", "SCENE" and "Variance". Collaborating with local artists, Ayo has helped to foster interdisciplinary arts projects including "Arabesque Rising," "New Music Compositions," and the "Fresh Produce Film Festival."  Heavily influenced by mass media and popular culture, he weaves these elements into his works. His skill and experience places him at a junction that allows him to speak of the vibrancy and interconnectivity of the arts and contemporary society. He speaks Yoruba, French, Japanese and aims to add Mandarin as an additional language.  http://www.dissidentdisplay.com; www.smacktv.com

Giselle Ruzany a dance artist is also a psychotherapist with a private practice in Woodley Park, Washington, DC. She has performed internationally in Rio de Janeiro, Paris and New York City. Recently she presented a workshop at the "Embodied relational gestalt symposium" at Esalen Institute in California. She received her Master’s degree at Naropa University in somatic psychology and dance therapy.    Giselle is an adjunct teacher at The George Washington University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She is a mother of two sons that inspire and encourage her to continue dancing with The Dance Construction Company.  Giselle is very enthusiastic to contribute to the growing field of dance on film. www.gestaltdance.com.

Callison Slater is young filmmaker and animator from Northern Virginia. He has been making movies and animations since 2004, and has won several film festivals despite his young age. Callison has animated movies for organizations such as The Howard Gardner School, and has been honored at the 16:9 International Film Festival, as well as the Rosebud Film and Video Festival. He is currently studying at Northern Virginia Community College. Please visit www.stringstudiospro.com for more information, and some of his animations.Cal is the editor/animator for MAIDA II.

Maida Withers Choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, is the founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company of Washington, DC (1974) and a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.  Her works reveal an ongoing interest in social and political issues and in juxtaposing dance and technology. Maida, a powerful and commanding performer, has created a significant and distinctive body of original choreography for her company, over 100 dances of breadth and vision involving a process of experimentation, innovation and collaboration.  Maida has created groundbreaking multimedia stage works featuring projected images/films and real-time interactive projects with cyber worlds, laser beams, and virtual scenarios, and other electronic technologies for over 40 years. She has toured extensively internationally engaging in various projects in such diverse places as Guatemala, France, The Netherlands, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Brazil, Finland, Venezuela, Mexico, Poland, Germany, and others.  Maida was a Cultural Envoy in Kenya, Africa for the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Kenya and the GoDown Centre for the Arts and has been supported by U.S. Embassies for residencies around the world.

Maida created her first dance film in 1967, From Movement to Dance: People, Creatures, and Things, Mid-Atlantic Education Institution, shot in 16mm. She began working with a Sony video camera and Ampex one-inch recorder in 1969.  The prestigious IMZ Dance Screen Festival selected Orbit for showing in 1992 which was also shown at the DC Independent Film Festival (1993).  In 2009, at the Yosemite International Film Festival in California, Withers was one of the artists to receive the John Muir Award in the Environment Film Competition in Recognition of Excellence in Filmmaking. Research Channel in Seattle Washington, commissioned the documentary film Dance of the Auroras – Fire in the Sky (2009).   Dance video works and films involving Maida Withers and The Dance Construction Company have been shown as follows:  International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, France (2011); Istanbul International Dance Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey (2010); FinnUS – Finland and USA exchange program at the Finnish Embassy, Washington, DC (2010);  III Sao Carlos Videodance Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2009); Wollumbin Film Festival in Australia (2008); and Get Reel in Moab Film Festival, Moab, Utah (2008). . A twenty-year collaboration with filmmaker Linda Lewett began with the creation of several documentary works with The Dance Construction Company that were shown on Metro Arts, an award-winning arts program with Fairfax Cable produced by Linda Lewett. Maida narrated and interviewed dance professional for Dance, Dance, Dance, a ten-part series on dance for NBC-TV that was broadcast in five major U.S. cities, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and St. Louis (1978).

Maida has received various honors and awards.  In 2010 Withers receive a life-time achievement award from Dance in the Desert in Las Vegas, Nevada. Withers received the Washington, DC Mayor’s Arts Award - Excellence in an Artistic Discipline. In September 2006, the world premiere of Thresholds Crossed received the 2006 Washington, DC Metro Dance Award - Outstanding Overall Production in a Large Venue. In 2001 Maida received the prestigious Pola Nirenska Life-Time Artistic Achievement Award presented by The Washington Performing Arts Society and as part of the 2001 DC Metro Dance Awards. Maida was selected as the 1999 distinguished professor, Columbian Professorship Award, by The George Washington University. Her other awards have included the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship; NEA Inter Arts; NEA Visual Arts in Performing Arts; DC and Virginia Commissions for the Arts; Dilthey Fellowship for Creative Collaboration; Washington Area Studies Grant for Cultural Preservation and Archiving; Fulbright Travel Award to Taiwan; Kansai University Exchange to Japan; Washingtonian Magazine Award to Outstanding Women; and others.  Maida directed the MFA program in choreography and performance at The George Washington University and currently teaches in the BA and MFA program as the senior faculty in dance.

Maida Withers Dance Construction Company is a not-for-profit arts organization established in 1974 to create and produce original dance and performance works for stage, sites and video in a collaborative process with visual and performing artists, scientists, technologists, and others. The Company is known for its innovation and ingenuity, its interest in multimedia, international collaborations, real-time interactive technology, site work, and dance improvisation. Generally, music is created for all work and played live in performance. Every 3-5 years, the Company creates a large-scale epochal work based on research and experimentation. For films, photographs, and Dance Construction Company history, visit www.maidadance.com. Dance Construction Company has been funded by The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Ford Foundation in Russia, US Embassies, US Department of State, DC Commission on the Artsand Humanities and The National Endowment for the Arts, The George Washington University, Arts International, CEC Artslink, Meet the Composer, and others as well as Greg and Jalynn Prince, Maida Withers and many private patrons.  The Company engages in two or more international tours annually.  The Company has performed and over 18 countries with the support of the U.S. Department of State and various U.S. Embassies.