Lucinda Childs is one of America’s most important choreographers. She began her career in 1963 as an original member of New York’s Judson Dance Theater. After forming her own company in 1973, Ms. Childs collaborated with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass on “Einstein on the Beach” in 1976 participating as principal performer and solo choreographer for which she received an Obie award. In the ’84 and ’92 revivals, Childs choreographed the two “Field Dances”, and was cast again as principal performer. Childs has appeared in five of Wilson’s major productions including, Marguerite Duras’ “Maladie de la Mort” opposite Michel Piccoli, “I Was Sitting on my Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating” opposite Robert Wilson, and Heiner Muller’s “Quartett”, and Wilson and Glass’s opera “White Raven”.
Since 1979, Ms. Childs has collaborated on a series of large-scale productions. “Dance”, choreographed in 1979 with music by Philip Glass, and a film/decor by Sol LeWitt continues to tour extensively and was cited by the Wall Street Journal (2011), as “one of the greatest achievements of the 20th Century.” The “Washington Post” wrote, “a genuine breakthrough, defining for us new modes of perception and feeling and belonging as much to the future as to the present.” “Available Light” (1983) with music by John Adams and set designed by Frank Gehry will be revived for the company’s 2014–15 season along with a new work with Philip Glass and visual artist, James Turrell.
Since 1981, Ms. Childs has received a number of commissions from ballet companies and has choreographed and directed opera productions including: Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” for the Los Angeles Opera, Mozart’s “Zaide” for La Monnaie in Brussels, Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol” and “Oedipus Rex”, Vivaldi’s “Farnace”, and a new production of John Adams’ “Dr. Atomic” for the Opera du Rhin in 2014. Most recently she choreographed and directed Handel’s “Alessandro” for Parnassus Arts Productions featuring Max Emanual Cencic in the lead role which was voted “Opera of the Year” by Mezzo-TV.
Childs received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979. She is also the recipient of the NEA/NEFA American Masterpiece Award, and in 2004 she was elevated to Commander in France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
As of January 2014