Lucinda Childs’ Dance

Reconstruction of Lucinda Childs’ Dance. Photo by Sally Cohn.

Lucinda Childs’s 1979 Dance was presented as the centerpiece of the 2010 FringeArts Festival. Dance was a signal achievement of postmodern artists—a collaboration between choreographer Childs, visual artist and filmmaker Sol LeWitt, and composer Philip Glass. Dance influenced a wave of collaborative ventures that characterized art making across disciplines in the 1980s. In conjunction with the showing of Dance at the festival, and in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art and International House Philadelphia, FringeArts organized a film series to showcase the work of Childs and Glass. The selected films provided insight into their creative processes, their careers, and their lives, which provided context for the contemporary viewing of Dance.

A conversation with Pew Fellow Jumatatu Poe, Donte Beacham, and LaKendrick Davis on the underground dance style of J-Sette and how Poe drew on its legacy for Private Places, a new Center-funded work.

Dancing Diplomats follows choreographer Taras Lewyckyj’s work with Ukrainian artist Anatoly Kryvochyzha, whose choreography was blacklisted by the USSR in 1977.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents portrait of myself as my father, a dance work by Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire.

Collaborators & Colleagues

James Fei is an active composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics and an associate professor of electronic arts at Mills College in Oakland, where he has taught since 2006. He served as a Center music panelist in 2013, and an LOI panelist for Performance in 2015.

Fall begins with a lively schedule of Center-funded projects, including ambitious artistic collaborations, performance premieres, exhibition openings, and experimental installations.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Director of Three Aksha School of Performing Arts, Rao is trained in Bharatanatyam, a classical South Indian dance form marked by expressive hand gestures and elaborate rhythmic patterns.

Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.

Grants & Grantees

David Brick is a dance artist, a founder of Headlong Dance Theater, and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

A number of Center-supported performances take the stage this summer, including seven new musical commissions by The Crossing and the world premiere of Pablo Batista’s music and dance production El Viaje (The Journey).

Makihara’s performance work blends percussion with dance-like body movement, exercising a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation and repetition.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts will produce a re-imagined production of this seminal multidisciplinary work by choreographer Lucinda Childs, architect Frank Gehry, and composer John Adams at its September 2015 festival in Philadelphia.

This essay is a revision of a paper delivered at the University of Texas as part of “An Uncanny Beauty: A Celebration of Deborah Hay Performance and Symposium,” held April 7–8, 2010.