Lucinda Childs

A Lucinda Childs ballet...no fat, no chatter, just pure art.

Le Figaro

Lucinda Childs began her career at the Judson Dance Theater In New York in 1963. Since forming her dance company in 1973, she has created over fifty works, both solo and ensemble. In 1976 she was featured in the landmark avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, for which she won an Obie Award and she subsequently appeared in a number of Wilson’s productions which include, I Was Sitting on my Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating,Quartett, by Heiner Muller, Wilson and Glass’s opera White Raven, Wilson’s video project Video 50, Maladie de la Mort by Marguerite Duras opposite Michel Piccoli.  She also appeared in Wilson’s production of Arvo Part’s Adams Lament, and collaborated on the movements and spoken text for Letter to a Man, based on Nijinsky’s diaries and performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov.

In 1979 Childs choreographed one of her most enduring works, Dance with music by Philip Glass and film décor by Sol LeWitt, which continues to tour internationally and has been added to the repertory of the Lyon Opera Ballet where she has recently choreographed Beethoven’s Grande Fugue. In 2015 she revived Available Light, created in 1983 with music by John Adams and a split-level set by architect Frank Gehry that was presented last year at the Festival d’Autumne. In the fall of 2016 the Thaddeus Ropac Gallery in Pantin presented her choreographic scores in an exhibit titled “Nothing Personal” in collaboration with the Centre Nationale de la Danse where she has donated her archive.

Since 1981 she has choreographed over thirty works for major ballet companies which include Paris Opera Ballet and Les Ballet de Monte Carlo.   In the past twenty years she has directed and choreographed a number of contemporary and eighteenth-century operas which include Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for the Los Angeles Opera, Mozart’s Zaide for La Monnaie in Brussels, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol et Oedipe, Vivaldi’s Farnace, and Handel’s Alessandro, and John Adams Dr. Atomic for the Opera du Rhin. Her production of Jean Baptiste Lully’s Atys premiered in Oper Kiel in 2014 and her production of Jean-Marie Leclaire’s Scylla and Glaucus premiered there in the spring of 2017.

Childs is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2017 Venice Biennale de la Danse Golden Lion Award and the 2017 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award. She holds the rank of Commander in France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

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Projects Now

Available Light

Lucinda Childs Dance

Lucinda Childs: A Portrait (1963–2016)

Projects Then

Einstein on the Beach