Lucinda Childs


Just got back from seeing the 1979 revival of DANCE by Lucinda Childs and the movie Lucinda Childs by French director Patrick Bensard at the Barbican which were both AMAZING!

Influential choreographer, dancer and opera director Lucinda Childs was an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York. During the early 1960’s, most independent modern dancers struggled to have their work showcased. However, as Sally Banes suggests in her book Greenwich Village 1963, the world of dance dramatically changed with the formation of the Judson Dance Theater. In her opinion, the theater was a “vital and highly visible collective that made its impact, not only on the dance world, but on the village art scene,” as well.

The theatre grew out of a dance composition class taught by Robert Dunn, a musician who had studied with John Cage. Unlike most dance troupes, the members of the Judson Dance Theater were both trained dancers, as well as, untrained visual artists, musicians, poets, and even filmmakers. On July 6, 1962 the theatre company gave its first performance, Concert of Dance #1, at the Judson Church. For the next twenty years, the Judson Dance Theater would dominate postmodern dance.

Part of the success of the theatre was due to the conscious effort of its artists to work collectively.  DANCE is a collaboration between Childs, composer Philip Glass and artist Sol LeWitt.

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2 Comments to “Lucinda Childs”

  1. Thanks! I always enjoy reading about the Judson Church group. Since my study of concert dance in college, those folks have remained real and relevant to me.

  2. Thanks Maria, yes the Judson group were truly influential. Would have been a great time to be in New York!

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