Focus Lucinda Childs
1962, New York: a group of avant-garde artists created the Judson Dance Theater, which was to revolutionize the foundations of modern dance. Lucinda Childs created her first solo, Carnation, in 1964, a postmodern manifesto. Archives, images, conversations and excerpts from shows will be combined to draw the portrait of an iconic choreographer of contemporary American dance whose creativity never ceases to surprise us. Between 1962 and 1966, the Judson Dance Theater was a place where choreographers, visual artists and musicians could create in a spirit of total freedom. Inspired by Merce Cunningham, Lucinda Childs created her own choreographic vocabulary – a pendular motion of the arms, a prosody of steps, changes in direction along the axes of a complex geometrical structure. She stood out in the Paris Festival d’Automne in 1976 in the opera by Bob Wilson and Philip Glass, Einstein on the Beach. But she won the audience’s hearts in 1979, still during the Festival d’Automne, with Dance, a hypnotic piece combining minimalistic dance, monumental videos by Sol LeWitt and music by Philip Glass. Lucinda Childs was immediately hailed by critics as a major artist. Her pieces have entered the repertory of several major European ballet companies in these past few years; in her NYC workshop and in her insular home facing Boston, she revisits her career in the documentary.
Lucinda Childs (2006) Documentary, 52 minutes
Calico Mingling (1973) Documentary, 10 minutes
With Café des images, Hérouville-Saint-Clair
Where and when
Café des images, Hérouville-Saint-Clair 8:00 pm