Maida Withers and The Dance Construction Company have worked extensively
and art for over 40 years. Maida and the company are leaders in
experimentation with performance and laser beams, "real-time"
interaction with cyber worlds, video and animation, interactive sounds
environments, others. Maida has been an interview
guest for programs in Russia, Korea, Brazil, and other international
Aurora/2001: Dance of the Auroras-Fire in the Sky (2001)
Part I: The Sun / Virtual Sun; Part II: Solar Wind
towards Magnetosphere: Part III: Magnetic Storm Seen from
Above; Part IV: View from the Earth .
Real time interactive poetic journey through space where dancers manipulate
and alter cyber world environments by using the wireless mouse. Maida
Withers, concept/choreographer/director; DCCompany (dancers - USA, Russia,
Poland); Øystein Sevåg Global House Band, composer/musicians
(Norway); Tania Fraga, cyber world artist (Brazil); David Liban, filmmaker.
Installation includes motion pictures from NASA, European Space Agency,
Lockheed Martin, Trond Trondson, Auroral Imager, Robert Eather and SolarMAX
IMAX, photographs of aurora artists including Jan Curtis and Dick
Hutchinson. Premiere: The Northern Lights Festival, Tromsö, Norway.
Linda Lewett, video artist (see video above).
Utah * Spirit Place * Spirit Planet * Tukuhnikivatz (1996)
Evening-length multimedia installation and performance based on ancient
and contemporary earth consciousness and Native American mythology commissioned
by Lincoln Center. Maida Withers, concept/choreography/video; Brent Michael
Davids, Native American/Mohican composer and music ensemble; Bruce Hucko,
earth photography; Adam Peiperl, kaleidoscope photography; Verabel Cluff,
Stefanie Altomare-Sese, video; Jennifer Kinloch, visual installation;
Thomas Fiocci, set; Turker Ozdogan, masks; Kellie Owens, costume design;
Spencer Brown, light design. Premiere: Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors
GREAT DANCE in the BANDSHELL Series, Damrosch Park, NYC.
Multimedia solo created by Maida Withers for Kim Je Young (Korea); Adam
Peiperl, installation - polarized light sculpture video; Kang Tae
Hwan (Korea), saxophone; Premiere: Munye Theatre, Seoul, Korea.
In Winds of Sand (1993)
Solo dance performance, video, and slide installation based on the Hero's
Journey by Joseph Campbell. Maida Withers, concept and performance; Verabel
Cluff, video, SandsS CycleS, and earth slides; A.F. Caldeiro,
music for drum and voice. Premiere: Marvin Theatre, Washington,
Laser Dance: Departure, Quest, Domain, Rites, Skylight, Departure(1985)
Evening-length performance inside installation of argon laser
beams on stage and in the theatre with sound installation - microphones
responsive to heat of laser beams. Maida Withers, concept/choreography;
Rockne Krebs, laser sculptor; Bob Boilen, Synclavier II composer. Premiere:
Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
Evening-length performance, a dialogue with the rotating loudspeaker installation.
Maida Withers, choreography; John Driscoll & Phil Edelstein, music
and loudspeaker animation. Premiere: Akadamie de Kunst Festival,
West Berlin, Germany.
Phase Tracing I (1978) and Phase Tracing II
Performance where dancers create audio with movements of the body dropping
the projected ultra sound an octave into a level of audability.
Maida Withers, choreography; Ron Kuivila, ultra sound music and sculpture.
Premiere: Dance Project and Marvin Theatre Washington, DC.
Time Dance (1976)
Group performance based on structure of pulse and accumulation. Maida
Withers and DCCompany, choreography; John Driscoll, music for miniature
objects; John Bailey, costumes, Premiere: Hand Chapel, Washington,
Bog Works (1975)
Site-specific performance in an environment of homemade loudspeakers.
Maida Withers and DCCompany, choreography; John Driscoll, construction
and performance with loudspeakers and battery-operated light/set. Premiere:
Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC.