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Message from the Center: Lucinda Childs

With the contemporary dance program this year, we have put a focus on three singular choreographers whose early start came from the now legendary Judson Church movement. Deborah Hay, Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown along with other contemporaries founded Judson Dance Theater in the late 1960’s. It was a space where they all forged their early explorations, developed their choreographic practices and were able to perform regularly for the audiences that were largely comprised of their artist peers. The “downtown” NY art scene was a hotbed, and in the emerging post-modern dance movement, these three women generated material that continues to influence artists to this day.

Lucinda Childs, Andy Warhol 16mm Film Still (1964)
Lucinda Childs, Andy Warhol 16mm Film Still (1964)

These choreographers went on to pursue different paths over their evolving and accomplished careers. While their dance work and lifelong contributions to the form is individualistic and distinct, they each share the sustained commitment to the internal and externally facing architectures of movement. From the infinite possibilities, they shape their practices on an axis that reaches the sublime, and breaks convention. There is wit and irreverence, and an unmistakable joy in liberty that never strays from an intense focus on the choreographic intention.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Photo by Nathaniel Tileston (1979)
Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Photo by Nathaniel Tileston (1979)

Lucinda Childs: A Portrait (1963 -2016) offers us a an arc across her evolving sensibilities and explorations through a selection of choreographies in a chronological order. Pastime (1963) through several choreographies from the 1970’s to her world premiere this evening of Into View (2016). A rare experience to survey time and process through a truly masterful artist.

Lucinda Childs, Photo by Lucie Jansch (2012)
Lucinda Childs, Photo by Lucie Jansch (2012)

We would like to thank the Board and our progressive supporters whose contributions enabled the Center to contribute to Lucinda Child’s latest choreography, Into View. As a co-commissioner, we are proud to also be hosting the World Premiere in Los Angeles. The company, designers and creative team has been here working with our production team for the final rehearsals and production development leading up to this auspicious occasion in Royce Hall.

For those of you here tonight, you will become a valued part of the history of the work as it moves to BAM in New York and on to many of the world’s most revered stages in Europe and beyond. We would also like to express our appreciation for Pomegranate Arts, whose work as one of the nation’s most esteemed Producers, and Lucinda herself, for entrusting us with the work. We could not be more proud.

Thank you all for being here.

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer Sept. 20, 2014-Royce Hall

Our unsigned editorial message from the house program notes. 

Welcome to the first performance of the CAP UCLA 2014-2015 season.

It’s been a long hot summer and we couldn’t be more delighted that the time has come to once again gather with you, our audience to witness another extraordinary moment in the art of performance.

Tonight we come together to experience the craft of two MacArthur geniuses, a pair of master performers and composers who have each, throughout their expansive careers, irrevocably and delightfully re-framed the ways in which music lovers get to experience the potential of their chosen instruments.

The ongoing creative intersection between Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile is a testament to the power of collaboration. Their appetite for exploring the possibilities of the language of the bass and mandolin has resulted in an utterly unique musical vernacular. And tonight, we get to sit back and enjoy witnessing one of the most compelling conversations in instrumental music, a meeting of hearts and minds through the strings and keys and hands of these two astonishing artists.

It’s a powerful thing, this sense of music as a dialogue, a means of communicating and connecting with one another. It’s also an extremely fitting way to begin our season program, which at its core, is a profound means of conveying thoughts and ideas from artists and audiences.

We are proud to kick off our season tonight in collaboration with some talented instrumentalists from our immediate community. Thank you to the artists from the UCLA Bluegrass Band for hosting a rousing pre-show concert and jam session on the Royce Terrace this evening.

We will gather in such a way often as the season progresses and we hope you will join us often as we celebrate the great artistry of the performers on our upcoming season, in ways that weave us together as a community of cultural omnivores. We’re committed to creating moments that instigate dialogue, provoke curiosity and enhance the art-filled potential of us all.

Thank you for being here tonight. Enjoy.