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Cross Thresholds

Courtesy Of Maida Withers Dance Construction CompanyDance and choreography veteran Maida Withers
Thresholds Crossed, a multimedia dance project, is an ongoing collaboration of seven Russian and seven U.S. dancers, choreographed by Maida Withers. It premiered in the U.S. capital in 2006 and marked the company's 30-year anniversary.

The performance tackles social and ideological issues, references historical events in the two countries, and traces the evolution of the superpowers' relationship from World War II to the present. The work features the artistry of the dancers against a visual backdrop of animated propaganda poster art, photography and video clips shot in both countries. Original music by Steven Hilmy alludes to wartime songs as well as classical works.

After Moscow, the troupe is to go on to tour in Arkhangelsk and Krasnoyarsk.

Maida Withers is a Washington-based artist renowned for her innovative approach to choreography and creative use of lighting and technology in her shows. Her career began in the 1960s, a decade known for the development of postmodern dance. Influenced by artists such as Merce Cunningham and Alvin Nikolais, Withers uses improvisation and on-site performance in her work. The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company has collaborated in many Russian-American dance projects since 1997, working in places that international artists usually overlook, such as Norilsk, Volgograd and the Solovetsky islands.

"Thresholds Crossed" ("Perestupit porog"), Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m., at Teatr Luny, 31 Ul. Malaya Ordinka, 953-1317, M. Dobryninskaya, Tretyakovskaya.