At the February launch of the Center’s new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, Lucinda Childs and Judy Hussie-Taylor, executive director of Danspace Project, discussed Childs’ career and artistic influences.
In the video that follows, Childs reflects on her influential years studying at Sarah Lawrence College, and the immense impact of Merce Cunningham on her creative development. “Merce Cunningham arrived in 1959 and everything changed because of just the one class with [him]…suddenly I realized where I wanted to be and who I wanted to study with.”
In this second video, Childs recalls a transitional time in her career. “At a certain point, the Judson [Dance Theater] work reached, I think, for many of us, a little bit of a dead end,” Childs says. “I wanted to go back to simple movement material and not necessarily governed by whether or not it was in or outside the realm of traditional dance.”
Stephanie Smith joined the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, in 1999, and is now deputy director and chief curator.
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On Monday, June 16, 2014, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage honored its 2014 grantees. Browse our slide show for exclusive photos from this celebratory event.
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The universality of sudden loss and trauma will be examined in this multimedia dance theater work integrating Kim’s heritage in traditional Korean dance with Western dance, improvisation, music, and found sound, to be developed in collaboration with Marion Ramírez, Germaine Ingram, Merián Soto, and Korean musician Gamin Hyosung Kang.
Dove encourages artists to dance in unusual places. Why? Out of necessity, he says.
Since 1980, Susan Hess Modern Dance has sought to grow the audience for contemporary dance and support independent dance artists in the Philadelphia community.