The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company
and the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, DC present the world premiere of MindFluctuations
livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv
on Thursday, March 19 at 8 p.m. EDT (New York) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary Season, pioneering choreographer Maida Withers is joined by Tania Fraga, computer artist, São Paulo, Brazil; John Driscoll and Steve Hilmy, electronic musicians and composers; David Page, sculptor; and eight distinctive dancers for the World Premiere of MindFluctuations
—a groundbreaking interactive collaboration between dance, projected 3D visual animation, and electronic music. Dancers wear a brain-wave detecting headset that allows human emotions to interface and influence complex 3D computer art resulting in cyberworlds projected as a dramatic visual environment for the dance on stage. Through a live interactive process with the dancers, the musicians create a compelling music score for this thought-provoking performance. For more information
Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (MWDCCo) a not-for-profit, federally tax-exempt organization founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1976 in Washington, DC, mixes dance and performance with technology and media to create thought-provoking works in a collaborative process with artists, scientists, and others committed to a process of experimentation. Dances are created for stage, site, and film with emphasis on innovation and international exchange. The current focus of the Company is on technology and its interface with human emotional expression related to popular global culture. Interactive works driven by social and political consciousness have featured rotating loudspeakers, laser beams, wireless cameras, cyber worlds, video installations, video feedback, always with original music created and performed live. The Company tours internationally once or twice each year with frequent sponsorship by U.S. Embassies and the U.S. Department of State. Tours and residencies in over 18 countries have occurred since 1962 and include Russia, Poland, France, Mexico, Guatemala, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Croatia, and others with performances at Lincoln Center GREAT DANCE in the Bandshell (NYC), Luna Theatre (Moscow), Teatro Cacilda Becker (Rio de Janeiro), Warner Theatre, Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC). Site works have been created for Lenin Museum (Krasnoyarsk), Museum of Image and Sound (Sao Paulo), Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Holy Rood Cemetery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), among others. Dance films are created for exhibition in local, national, and international film and video festivals. Maida and the Company Founded the DC International Improvisation Plus+ Festival in 1995 and continued bringing international artists to work with DC dance, visual, music, and theatre artists for 14 years. The board of directors is actively involved in all management and fundraising aspects. Support has been received from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation, American-Scandinavian Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Dilthey Foundation, others.
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