Lucinda Childs began at New York´s Judson Dance Theater in 1963. In 1973 she founded her company, in 1976 took part in Einstein on the beach of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson (for which she won an Obie Award). Participated in several productions of Wilson: I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating, Heiner Muller´s Quartett, the Video 50 project, White Raven by Wilson and Glass, Maladie de la Mort by Marguerite Duras (opposite Michel Piccoli). She appeared in Wilson´s Arvo Part’s Adam’s Passion, collaborated for Letter to a Man.
In 1979 she choreographed Dance (music by Philip Glass, film décor by Sol LeWitt) also added to the repertory of Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2015 she revived Available Light (from 1983, music by John Adams, set by Frank Gehry), presented at Festival d´Automne in Paris and International Festival of Manchester.
Since 1981, she has choreographed works for companies as Paris Opera Ballet and Ballet de Monte Carlo; directed and choreographed Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for the Los Angeles Opera, Mozart’s Zaide for La Monnaie in Brussels, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Oedipe, Vivaldi’s Farnace, Handel’s Alessandro, and John Adams’s Dr. Atomic (Opera du Rhin). Her production of Jean Baptiste Lully’s Atys premiered at Oper Kiel in 2014 and Jean-Marie Leclaire’s Scylla and Glaucus in 2017.
Commandeur in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she received, in 2017 the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion and the Samuel H. Scripps Award at the American Dance Festival.
works selected from the following:
Radial Courses (1976)
Premiere: Washington Square Methodist Church, New York, NY.
Premiere: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Dance III (1979)
Music: Philip Glass, “Dance III”
Dance III is the third movement of Childs’ seminal work DANCE, which she made in collaboration with Philip Glass and Sol LeWitt in 1979. Recorded music for Dance III performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble. For Dance III, Sol LeWitt’s video is not included in the performance.
The reconstruction of Dance was commissioned by the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, with additional support from The Yard, a colony for performing artists on Martha´s Vineyard. Dance by Lucinda Childs was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Dance initiative, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Music: Henryk Gorecki, “Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings”
Premiere: Grande Auditório, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal. Commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.
Canto Ostinato (2015)
Music: Simeon ten Holt, “Canto Ostinato”
Premiere: Schouwburg Arnhem, Netherlands, February. Commission by Introdans.
Available Light (2nd Movement) (1983)
Music: John Adams, “Light Over Water”
Available Light is a 1983 a collaboration between Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry. The piece was revived by Pomegranate Arts in 2015. For this presentation the second movement of Available Light is performed without Gehry’s scenic element.
The second movement of Available Light is performed with John Adams’ musical score and Frank O. Gehry’s stage design (not included for this performance).
Available Light was originally commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
The 2015 revival of Available Light was commissioned by the Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley; Festspielhaus St. Pölten; FringeArts, Philadelphia with the support of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg; Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens; Tanz Im August, Berlin; and Théâtre de la Ville - Paris and Festival d´Automne à Paris.
Available Light was developed at MASS MoCa (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).