1. EXCERPTS of the evening-length dance-theatre work from associated memories, dreams, and nightmares about the fiction and reality of LUV for the digital age. The documentary video of the entire performance is available at: vimeo.com/58111383

    "At the end of the day we return to the pillow, the place where thoughts are shared and decisions are made. There's pillow talk, then life happens!"
    Concept / Artistic Director / Choreographer - Maida Withers
    Composer and Musician - Steven C. Hilmy
    Visual Design - Anthony Gongora
    Poet and Sonosphere - Alissandru (Alex) Caldiero
    Photography - Shaun Schroth
    Digital Paintings - Michelle Kliman
    DCCo Dancers - Nathaniel Bond, Kelly Bond, Anthony Gongora, Giselle Ruzany, Dyllan Mont
    Guest Dancers - Billy Andrews, Ian Ceccarelli, Kristi Cole, Sammy Wong
    Costume Design - Sigríd Jóhannesdóttir
    Lighting Design - Michael Sperber
    Talking Pillow - Ayo Okunseinde
    maidadance.com

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  2. Provocative evening-length dance-theatre work from associated memories, dreams, and nightmares about the fiction and reality of LUV for the digital age. "At the end of the day we return to the pillow, the place where thoughts are shared and decisions are made. There's pillow talk, then life happens!"

    Concept / Artistic Director / Choreographer - Maida Withers
    Composer and Musician - Steven C. Hilmy
    Visual Design - Anthony Gongora
    Poet and Sonosphere - Alissandru (Alex) Caldiero
    Photography - Shaun Schroth
    Digital Paintings - Michelle Kliman
    DCCo Dancers - Nathaniel Bond, Kelly Bond, Anthony Gongora, Giselle Ruzany, Dyllan Mont
    Guest Dancers - Billy Andrews, Ian Ceccarelli, Kristi Cole, Sammy Wong
    Costume Design - Sigríd Jóhannesdóttir
    Lighting Design - Michael Sperber
    Talking Pillow - Ayo Okunseinde
    maidadance.com

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  3. Alissandru (Alex) Caldiero, poet and scholar, is the centerpiece of the visual installation and text created by Anthony Gongora for the evening-length multimedia performance, Collision Course - a.k.a. Pillow Talk.
    The installation (visuals and text) is not continuous during the performance, but for this version all segments have been combined for continuous playing rather than separated by black for timing with the choreography. Alex improvised the text during a video taping session documented by Maida Withers in Orem, Utah in summer of 2012.

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  4. An intriguing site specific performance for Dance USA 20th Annual Conference in Washington, DC at the Swedish House along the Potomac River in Georgetown. Three camera shoot documented the performance and rehearsals to create the Collision Course - a.k.a. Pillow Talk (Film). This film premiered at Artisphere Dome Theatre for the presentation DANCE:FILMS IN 2011.
    Collision Course features three estranged characters with body parts wrapped in large white bed pillows secured to body parts with packaging tape like appendages - an armor of protection, a shield, an obstacle to overcome. Performers created an environment with associated memories, dreams, and nightmares - an odd yet delightful spectacle. This is real but more, it is surreal, at once bold and delicate, loving, diving and daring. Pillows thrown, relationships aught! What dreams of love do nightmares have? The performance site performance for Dance USA was 45 minutes in length and commissioned by Dance USA

    Director/Producer - Maida Withers
    Composer/Musician - Steve Hilmy
    Dancers - Nathaniel Bond, Giselle Ruzany, Anthony Gongora
    Camera - Catherine Featherstone, Ayo Okunseinde, Maida Withers
    Maida Withers Dance Construction Company

    Maida Withers (c) All Rights Reserved - October 2011

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  5. TRAILER: A somewhat odd and delightful spectacle featuring three estranged characters with body parts wrapped in bed pillows secured with packaging tape like appendages - an armor of protection, an obstacle to overcome. Pillows thrown, relationships caught! What dreams of love do nightmares have? At once bold and delicate, humorous and loving, diving and daring. Original music by Steve Hilmy has a classical edge, but his music strays far from the classical ivory tower.

    Conceived and Directed by Maida Withers
    Editor and Graphic Designer - Anthony Gongora
    Music by Steve Hilmy
    Dancers - Nathaniel Bond, Anthony Gongora, and Giselle Ruzany

    Shot on location at House of Sweden, Washington, DC

    For DANCE:FILMS: maidadance.com/DANCEFILMS.html

    For Dance Construction Company: maidadance.com

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