Full Artist's statement
As a performer and creative artist, I always reveal my love of ?risk and the unknown.? My choreography is ?less interested in charming spectators than prodding them into her unexpected modes of perception.? (Kriegsman, Washington Post) My life story is told through performances at sites, on stage, and on film with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company - the vehicle for collaborations and experimentations in creating over 100 multimedia performances. Born with the North Rim of the Grand Canyon as a backdrop, my works reveal a strong passion and activism for the Earth, for the universal, for the political, for women and for all that is irreverent through wit and humor. My work raise questions about life and art, always challenging the status quo. These ideas have taken her too many places around the globe to engage with others in creating work, to build something new, something that speaks to the moment, something that may be relevant to allow for change ? always with a strong sense of formal structure. These works have toured extensively internationally with sponsorship by U.S. Embassies and the U.S. Department of State. My works reveal an ongoing interest in social and political issues and in juxtaposing dance and technology. Works have been created involving rotating loudspeakers, laser beams, wireless cameras, and video installations - always with ?live? music. I have initiated and directed several large-scale new media projects, collaborating with visual and performing artists, scientists, anthropologists, and others and received commissions and sponsorship from The Trust for Mutual Understanding, 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. The works have toured extensively internationally engaging in various projects in such diverse places as Russia, Guatemala, France, The Netherlands, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Brazil, Finland, Venezuela, Mexico, Poland, Germany, and others often sponsored by U.S. Embassies and the Department of State. I am the founder and co-curator of the D.C. International Improvisation +Plus Festival now in its 14th successful season. My experimental dance and media films have been shown at international film festivals in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, and Germany, and in the USA in South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, DC among others. I have received various honors and awards nationally and internationally.