Joined Jun 29 2014
81 years old
Maida Withers is the founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company of Washington, DC, USA, and Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Maida, a powerful and commanding performer, has created a significant and distinctive body of original choreography and performance art works, over 100 projects of breadth and vision involving a process of experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Her works reveal an ongoing interest in social and political issues and in juxtaposing performance and technology. She has created works with rotating loudspeakers, laser beams, wireless cameras, and video installations. Withers has initiated and directed both intimate and large-scale new media projects, collaborating with visual and performing artists, scientists, anthropologists, and others. Her works always raise questions. Wit is often an important part of the outcome for the viewer.
Globally, Maida has created works for museums, galleries, buildings/architecture locations, specific environments, and participated internationally in political and social art-street festivals. These works generally include visual media along with live performance. Maida creates solo performances for herself, and group works for members of the Dance Construction Company, and other dancers in the community and in a collaborative process with artists from all disciplines of the arts, humanities, and sciences.
She has received commissions and sponsorship from Washington Performing Arts Society, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Place, District Curators, Smithsonian, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and in New York from Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Conference and Festival in Bytom, Poland, and many others. She has toured extensively internationally engaging in various projects in such diverse places as India, Guatemala, France, The Netherlands, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Brazil, Finland, Venezuela, Mexico, Poland, Germany, Croatia, and others. She continues to receive support from the US Department of State, US Embassies in various countries, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Ford Foundation in Russia, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, others.
Maida has been a leader in exploring the combination of dance film/video and performance. Maida’s films have been shown at film festivals in Australia, Mexico, Turkey, Germany, Russia, and in the USA. Maida has created many multimedia stage, museum, and site works featuring projected images/films and real-time interactive projects with cyber worlds and other technology. Her works are fully described on the web site: http://www.maidadance.com.