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.