Relative Calm

Lucinda Childs
Robert Wilson

Dancers on stage in Relative Calm by Lucinda Childs and Robert Wilson
Lucinda Childs, Robert Wilson
75 min

In 2023, Dance Reflection by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the revival of Relative Calm by Lucinda Childs and Robert Wilson and its presentation at La Villette as part of Chaillot Expérience Transatlantique.

Two legends reunite at the summit as director Robert Wilson and choreographer Lucinda Childs revive Relative Calm, a fascinating work which grows in magnitude and exuberance more than forty years after its creation.

In 1976, the opera Einstein on the Beach kicked off one of the most successful collaborations of the twentieth century. While Lucinda Childs narrates and dances, Robert Wilson pulls the strings in a hypnotic staging. Five years later, the two icons of the new American scene created Relative Calm, a ballet set to the music of Jon Gibson. It is not so much a revival as a reactivation of the memory of this piece that the two flamboyant octogenarians present today. Repetition and variation are still the driving forces, but the lights, decor and structures are new. A ballet in three acts, danced to the rhythms of Jon Gibson, Igor Stravinsky, and John Adams by the performers of the MP3 Dance Project. Between each act, Lucinda Childs personally reads the extracts of Nijinsky’s journal. Games of (de)synchronization, repetitive motifs, precise movements and video creation are hallmarks of the two legends.

Photo: © Ingo Hoehn

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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 Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting director Robert Wilson in the creation of Relative Calm and its presentation at La Villette.

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