Recreations of Lucinda Childs by Ruth Childs (extracts)

Published on FR Mar 9th, 2022

Three dancers in white sitting on a white stage

As a part of the partnership with the Centre national de la danse – CN D for education and transmission of choreographic heritage, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels invites you to discover the images and archives witnessing the richness of contemporary creation.

Calico Mingling, Katema, Reclining Rondo, Particular Reel is a program of Lucinda Child’s pieces recreated by her niece Ruth Childs. 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.

This program is presented on the occasion of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival at the Royal Opera House in London.

Photo : © CND-DR

Watch the extracts

Discover the extract of three out of the four pieces from the 9th until the 23rd of March.

About the artists

Portrait of Lucinda Childs

Lucinda Childs

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the choreographer Lucinda Childs for her creation Relative Calm and its presentation at La Villette. The initiative is also presenting Dance performed by Lyon Opera Ballet, in collaboration with New York City Center.

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Portrait of Ruth Childs

Ruth Childs

Dancer and performer Ruth Childs was born in 1984 in London and grew up in the United States, where she studied music and classical and contemporary dance. In 2003, Childs moved to Geneva to finish her dance training at the Ballet Junior de Genève. From there, she went on to collaborate with several internationally renowned choreographers and directors, including Foofwa d’Imobilité, La Ribot, Gilles Jobin, Massimo Furlan, Marco Berrettini, and Yasmine Hugonnet. Since 2015, she is also working on a re-creation project of the early works of her aunt, the American choreographer Lucinda Childs.

In 2014, she founded the company Scarlett’s to incorporate dance, performance, film and music into her personal work and to collaborate with Stephane Vecchione on a new musical project titled Scarlett’s Fall. In 2016, the Canton of Geneva offered Childs a 6-month research residency in Berlin.

In 2018, in collaboration with Stéphane Vecchione, she released her first stage piece The Goldfish and the Inner Tube followed by a solo piece, fantasia, in 2019 at the ADC, Genève. Ruth Childs is currently working on her new creation Blast! for autumn 2022 and is one of the artists associated with Arsenic – centre d’art scénique contemporain de Lausanne.

Photo : Ruth Childs © Georges Cabrera