Lucinda Childs, a pioneer of post-modern dance and a Vineyard resident, is the subject of a documentary screening free at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Capawock Theatre on Main street in Vineyard Haven.
The 53-minute documentary was made in 2006 by Patrick Bensard of the Cinematheque de la Danse in Paris. It includes rehearsals, performances and interviews in London, New York and Paris with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Philip Glass, Anna Kisselgoff, Yvonne Rainer, Susan Sontag and Robert Wilson.
In 2003, Ms. Childs choreographed a new solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Opus One with music by Alban Berg, and in 2004, Bartok’s Mandarin Merveilleux for the Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin.
Lucinda Childs’ choreography is in demand, with revivals and commissions being staged by dance companies worldwide. Known for her elegant, powerfully-structured masterworks, Ms. Childs continues exploring the visual landscape in her new works.
This past year Ms. Childs choreographed a Ten Part Suite for the Boston Ballet with music by Arcangelo Corelli, which premiered at the Wang Center. She has also choreographed Stravinsky’s Firebird for Maggio Danza in Florence which was presented in a program that included a revival of John Adams: The Chairman Dances choreographed for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in 2000, and Largo, a solo she choreographed for Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2001.
She was a founding member of the groundbreaking Judson Church Dance Theater, a circle of artists that pushed the boundaries and definition of dance. The Judson Church movement is seen as the historic birthplace of post-modern dance.
Ms. Childs went on to form her own dance company, collaborating with composer Philip Glass and Robert Wilson on the opera Einstein on the Beach, which received worldwide acclaim. Since 1979, Ms. Childs has collaborated with a number of composers and designers, including John Adams and Frank Gehry, on a series of large-scale productions. The first of these was Dance, choreographed in 1979 with music by Philip Glass, and a film/decor by Sol LeWitt, for which Ms. Childs was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Since 1981, Ms. Childs has received a number of commissions from major ballet companies, including the Paris Opéra Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet, LyonOpéra Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Geneva Opera Ballet, Ballet du l’Opéra du Rhin, and the Boston Ballet.
Now, after decades based in Paris, Ms. Childs lives on the Vineyard, where she takes time to reflect between choreographic assignments around the world. She has been a valued mentor to emerging artists in The Yard’s residency program.