GLACIAL DRIFT premiere presents a cool evening in the National Building Museum's astonishing ICEBERGS INSTALLATION - an evening of Dance, Music, and Poetry in the Surreal Underwater-World of ICEBERGS. Choreography by Maida Withers with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company; Music by John Driscoll and Steve Hilmy; Poetry by David McAleavey and Alex Caldiero; Documentary video by Denaise Seals.
GLACIAL DRIFT was one of National Building Museum’s Block Party Late Nights that is part of it’s big summer installation programming for ICEBERGS designed by James Corner Field Operations (which also created New York’s High Line). ICEBERGS will take visitors underwater in a simulated glacial ice field.
GLACIAL DRIFT, a site-responsive performance of music, dance, and text, offers a delightful, yet introspective time in a spectacular constructed environment of nature away from the real world. GLACIAL DRIFT explores the boundaries between the magnificent beauty and wonder of icebergs and the impact of humans on the environment.
In this multi-sensory experience, a landscape unfolds through the rigorous and intricate choreography of Maida Withers for nine Dance Construction Company dancers as they perform and move through the exhibition connecting with the audience. GLACIAL DRIFT presents a range of emotions revealing the fun and audacity of dancers in colorful faux fur coats and sun glasses while exposing the more fragile aspects of nature.
A sonic architecture fills the immense space enveloping the ICEBERGS installation with live electronic music by John Driscoll, composer/sound artist, and Steve Hilmy, composer/musician, that embodies stillness and calm as well as the sound of calving of icebergs the size of Manhattan that crash and crumble into the sea. Compelling text by poets, David McAleavey and poet/sonosphere, Alex Caldiero re-ignite our memory and perception of time and place. (Photo by Aimee Fullman)
_DSC3076Maida and the Company are known as pioneers for early explorations and ongoing innovations in creating dance in museums and architectural and environmental sites:
Lenin Museum (Krasnoyarsk, Russia)
Art Angar Center for Contemporary Art (Solovky Island, Russia)
Museum of Art Moderna/UN Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival (Bytom, Poland)
White Sands and Coral Dunes (New Mexico & Utah)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Holy Rood Cemetery, Art Museum of the Americas; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Washington Project for the Arts; Smithsonian’s International Gallery, National Air and Space Museum, Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), among others.