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Ruth Childs & Lucinda Childs

Lucinda Childs 1970s Early Works:
Calico Mingling, Katema, Reclining Rondo, Particular Reel

The best way to understand dance history is to dance what happened

Is it possible to pass down the origins of post-modern dance from its legendary generation to a contemporary one? For the second year of this collaboration project with Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels—which began at Kyoto Experiment 2022—we invite the up-and-coming choreographer Ruth Childs, who has been working on reprising pieces by her aunt, master choreographer Lucinda Childs.

In 2015 Lucinda Childs passed down three of her iconic solos from the 1960s to Ruth. Two years after this first successful collaboration, Ruth Childs continues to breathe new life into her aunt’s choreographies through four performances originally created in the 1970s. These works embody three cornerstones of the creative process espoused by the pioneer of post-modern dance: use of a score, a spatial itinerary and rhythm established without music.

These radical works have been rarely performed since the 70s, meaning that the generation that followed was unable to appreciate their unique characteristics. Ruth writes: “For myself and other dancers the best way to understand is to dance what happened, and for the audience the best way to understand is to see and hear what happened.”

10.13 (Fri) 20:15
10.14 (Sat) 20:15
10.15 (Sun) 20:15

Duration: 65 min

⚠️ Audiences may not enter after the performance has started.
Recommended for ages 12 and above.

Ruth Childs


Ruth Childs
©Marie Magnin

British-American dancer and choreographer Ruth Childs was born in 1984 in London. She grew up in the United States where she studied dance and music. In 2003 she moved to Geneva to finish her dance training with the Ballet Junior de Genève. Following this, she started working with various choreographers and directors including Foofwa d’Imobilité, La Ribot, Gilles Jobin, Massimo Furlan, Marco Berrettini and Yasmine Hugonnet. In 2014 she founded her own company Scarlett’s and creates dance and performance works as well as music. Her first stage piece, The Goldfish and the Inner Tube (2018), was created in collaboration with Stéphane Vecchione. She then went on to create two solo works fantasia (2019) and Blast! (2022). Since 2021 she has collaborated with the sculptor Cécile Bouffard on an evolving performance project called Delicate People. Since 2015 she is also working on a re-creation and revival project of the early works of her aunt, the American choreographer Lucinda Childs. Ruth Childs is currently one of the artists in residence at Arsenic in Lausanne and the associate artist at CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble (2023-2024).

Lucinda Childs

New York

Lucinda Childs
©︎Rita Antoniioli

Born in 1940, Lucinda Childs began her choreographic career in 1963 at the Judson Dance Theater in New York. Trained, among others, by Merce Cunningham, she became one of the leaders of American postmo- dern dance in the 1970s. She created her own company in 1973 and soon after collaborated as a choreographer and performer with Bob Wilson and Philip Glass for the opera Einstein on the Beach. Lucinda Childs has collaborated with many composers and visual artists, including John Adams and Frank Gehry. Particularly, in 1979, she choreo- graphed Dance, on music by Philip Glass, with a film/ set by Sol Lewitt. Since 1981, Lucinda Childs has often been invited to create choreographies for major dance companies. Since 1992, she has often collaborated with presti- gious opera houses by choreographing repertoire or contemporary creations. She has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career. In 2004, she rose to the rank of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters of France. In 2017, she received two awards for all of her work: The Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale and the Samuel J. Scripps /American Dance Festival Award. She also received the DANCE magazine award in december 2022.

Katema (1978) , Particular Reel (1973)
Choreography: Lucinda Childs
Dance: Ruth Childs
Assistant: Ty Boomershine
Technical Direction & Light Design: Joana Oliveira
Costumes: Severine Besson

Calico Mingling (1973) , Reclining Rondo(1975)
Choreography: Lucinda Childs
Dance: Ruth Childs, Marthe Krummenacher, Stéphanie Bayle and Pauline
Assistant: Ty Boomershine
Technical Direction & Light Design: Joana Oliveira
Costumes: Severine Besson

Production: Scarlett‛s
Delegated production, Administration and Touring: Lise Leclerc and Cécilia
Co-production by La Bâtie Festival de Genève, Arsenic-Centre d‛art scénique
contemporain and Lausanne
With support from City of Geneva, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Fondation
Suisse des Artistes Interprètes SIS, Fond Mécénat SIG, Nestlé foundation for
art, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Ernst Göhner foundation, Corodis,
Loterie Romande, State of Geneva and Pourcent culturel Migros
In co-operation with Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
Special acknowledgement to Serge Laurent (Van Cleef & Arpels' Director of
Dance & Culture Programs)
Performance in Kyoto supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government
of Japan through the Japan Arts Council
Co-presented by Kyoto Experiment and
Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Kyoto Experiment Staff
Technical Director and Stage Manager: Masaya Natsume
Wardrobe: Yuta Takai
Production Coordinator: Tsubasa Shimizu(KANKARA Inc.)

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