Tukuhnikivatz

 

(30:00) Quartz Crystal Flute, Electric Guitar, Violin, Apache Violin, Various Percussion, Voice, Double Bass. Copyright Fee: Score. Music Copyright 1996, Brent Michael Davids.

 

"Tukuhnikivatz," an evening-length multimedia installation and dance performance, was commissioned by Lincoln Center, and premiered by Maida Withers Dance Construction Company at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Washington D. C., in 1996. "Tukuhnikivatz" is a fusion of dance and environment of the spectacular wilderness lands of around Mount Tukuhnikivatz. Dancers, in a ritual of passage, create a metaphor for our time on the earth while capturing the ancestral voice that resides there. The work was conceived and directed by Maida Withers and performed by dancers Tim Harling, Cristy Lamb, Emily Ogala, Will Goins, and Maida Withers.

 

"Tukuhnikivatz" is a work "drawn from the ancient art of American Indians and the rugged wilderness of Utah ...Withers' piece was ambitious and awesomely complex, filling the stage of the Damrosch Park bandshell with layer upon layer of huge video images and photographs projected on rocklike sculptures. Live bodies moved among them, both dancers and ceremonial figures ...Evoked a midworld between dreams and everyday reality" (JENNIFER DUNNING, August 30, 1996, Dance Review, New York Times).