What if You Could See What a Dancer Feels on Stage?—You Can

Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Premieres MindFluctuations in celebration of its 40th Anniversary Season at the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium

January 26, 2015

Kurie Fitzgerald: [email protected], 202-994-6461
Maralee Csellar: [email protected], 202-994-7564
MindFluctuations, presented by Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, celebrates the company’s 40th season by highlighting the unique intersection of dance and innovative technology. In this new work, vibrant 3-D virtual artworks projected on stage are influenced and transformed by the emotions and expressive states of dancers wearing a special neuro headset. Electronic musicians create a compelling music score through a live interactive process with the dancers to complete the multisensory world. 
  • John Driscoll, composer and sound artist
  • Izzy Einsidler, light designer
  • Tania Fraga, Brazilian 3-D computer artist and architect
  • Steve Hilmy, electronic musician and composer
  • David Page, sculptor  
  • Maida Withers, choreographer, dancer and the company’s founding artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company
  • Dancers, Felicia Avalos, Ian Ceccarelli, Alicia Diaz, Anthony Gongora, Mary Heath (Intern), Giselle Ruzany, Sammi Rosenfeld, Matthew Thornton, Maida Withers
Thursday, March 19, 2015; 8 p.m. 
The George Washington University
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)
Tickets range from $25 to $38 and may be purchased by calling the Lisner box office at 202-994-6800 or by visiting www.lisner.gwu.edu. Box office hours are Tuesday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m. The box office will also open one hour prior to the event.
Media interested in attending must contact Kurie Fitzgerald at [email protected] or 202-994-6461 no later than 48 hours before the event. Photos are available upon request. Attention calendar editors: Please do not publish media contact information.
Ms. Withers, internationally recognized choreographer who received a special recognition award at the 2014 DC Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony, founded Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, which is now in its 40th year. Ms. Withers has created over 100 dances—bold, thought-provoking works that mix dance and performance with technology and media. MindFluctuations continues her lifelong fascination with the connection of the human body and mind to technology, and builds on the company’s commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration. Ms. Withers is a noted GW dance professor.
A performance in São Paulo, Brazil will follow the show’s D.C. premiere in March. The company has performed at various venues in D.C. including the Kennedy Center, Warner Theatre, Lisner Auditorium, the Smithsonian, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Art Museum of the Americas, Arlington Art Center, and internationally in more than 18 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. 
Ms. Withers’ choreography represents her intense and adventurous nature, and her career-long interest in using social and political issues to tell human stories through multidisciplinary engagement with dancers, artists, scientists and others committed to experimentation. 
About GW Lisner Auditorium
Built in 1943, GW Lisner Auditorium is one of the most historic concert venues in D.C. It showcases both iconic and emerging artists in a vibrant downtown setting on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus. Lisner is well known as a hot spot for world music concerts. Take a look at Lisner. The world sounds better here. 
Information about the diverse lineup of vocalists, world music, rock, dance and discussions scheduled in 2014-15 at Lisner Auditorium is available online