"DIGG explores a timeline of political uncertainties and entanglements with reverberations in time and place until tomorrow, hopefully, when we may stand together as humans on the edge of normalcy."
"DIGG – a fiercely intimate multimedia performance experience created and performed by pioneering dance artist Maida Withers – an excavation of the current political landscape revealing a kaleidoscope of emotions, antagonisms, and suspicions. In DIGG there is a meeting of dance, emphatic gesture, vocal music, video, and text. Experimental vocalists, Audrey Chen (Berlin) and Phil Minton (UK) perform “reality-piercing” vocals. A haunting visual installation by filmmaker Linda Lewett and photographer Diane Falk features surrealistic dance footage shot in the 14th Century Monastery on Solovky Island, Russia coupled with intriguing and provocative photographic creations by Falk. DIGG is framed by Withers’ many tours and projects in Russia since 1996.The visual installation features film shot by Lewett during a 3-week residency by Maida Withers Dance Construction Company on the famous Solovky Archipelago in northern Russia, site of the first Soviet-Era Gulag experiment. Solovetsky Monastery, with its dungeons and secret alcoves. served as a primary PLACE for engaging dancers in retro-time. The backdrop for the torturous GULAG experiment is the spectacular natural beauty of the arctic forests, the White Seagive Maida horse, and Miniature Chapels spread throughout the territory. Memories of Solovky are sobering still as are the events of politics today. DIGG embraces the notion of shared emotional distraction and consumption.