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Lucinda Childs' Dance 

When: Fri., June 4, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 5, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $10-$55

A seminal collaboration emerging out of one of the most vibrant and prolific periods in New York’s art world, Dance was considered revolutionary when it first premiered 30 years ago. Choreographed by revered experimental choreographer Lucinda Childs with an original score by Philip Glass, the show is framed by a black and white film by artist Sol LeWitt, which is projected onto a translucent scrim in front of the stage and with which the dancers seamlessly interact. Presented by Spoleto Festival USA. Approximately one hour.

Back to the future
Lucinda Childs' Dance recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary, and critics say it seems just as fresh and revolutionary today as it did in 1979. It's a collaboration between experimental choreographer Lucinda Childs, musician Philip Glass, and artist Sol LeWitt. Glass' original, atmospheric score sets the mood for dancers on a stage fronted by a scrim, a translucent screen onto which is projected black and white film of the original performers. There's a lot going on, but it manages to seem sparse and mesmerizing.

The return of Phil
Philip Glass was quite literally the face of Spoleto in 2007 (the iconic poster was designed by Chuck Close), the same year that he premiered the concert work Book of Longing. Crowds swarmed to his concerts, lecture, and party, whether they "got" the minimalist music or not. He isn't scheduled to make an appearance this year, though if you miss his mug, you can still see it hanging around various local artsy spots.

Just dance
Don't miss the chance to hear Childs herself speak about the process of remounting Dance at Conversations With on June 5 at 5 p.m. (See it before Saturday night's show to appreciate it even more.) The prancing, spinning dancers might seem overly simplistic to the untrained eye, but Childs is inspired by geometry and the elegance of everyday movement.

— Erica Jackson


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