Friday, June 17, 2011

Lucinda Childs

Lucinda Childs Dance Company, May 10, 2011

The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara

Dance, choreographed by Lucinda Childs

If you like entrances and exits, this is for you, a clinic in entrances and exits, singly, in pairs and groups, entering and dancing across the stage and exiting, left to right, right to left, over and over to Philip Glass's over and over music, right to left, left to right, and all accompanied by a projected film of the same dance being danced 50 years ago, and at times split screen cut so that you are seeing three levels of dance, top level film projection of, for instance, a tracking shot of the dance from 50 years ago, middle level a straightforward shot of the dance from 50 years ago, and then at the bottom on stage actual dancers. (In the photo above the live dancers are dancing behind the scrim where the sol lewotiz film is being projected.)

(A brand new Lucinda Childs dance was part of the Orange County Bolshoi event reported on in February (link)

But in this classic, Enter, cross the stage, exit. High minimalism is what the LA Times reviewer called it. Insert link. Another example of inventiveness, and integral to the dance, not a distraction.

(Glass inspires a certain step, Childs has some, Robbins, too, in his Glass Pieces. It's a cute step.)




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