Lucinda Childs

American postmodern dancer/choreographer and actress

[Childs has a] whacked-out untrammeled imagination that you haven’t even begun to explore.
Yvonne Rainer, 1968

Born June 26, 1940, New York City, NY

Lucinda Childs began her career at the Judson Dance Theater in 1963 where she choreographed thirteen works and performed in choreography by Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, and Robert Morris. Since forming her dance company in 1973, she has created over fifty works, both solo and ensemble. In 1976, she collaborated with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass on the opera, Einstein on the Beach, as principal performer and choreographer for which she received a Village Voice Obie award. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979 for her collaboration, Dance, with music by Philip Glass, and film décor by Sol LeWitt. Since 1981, she has choreographed over thirty works for major ballet companies including the Paris Opera Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Company. She has also worked as choreographer and more recently both choreographer and director for sixteen opera productions. Childs received the Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in 2001, and was elevated from the rank of Officer to Commander in France’s Order of Arts and Letters in 2004, and received the NEA/NEFA American Masterpiece Award in 2009.

Lucinda Childs’ Works