Lucinda Childs began her career at the Judson Dance Theater In New York in 1963. Since forming her dance company in 1973, she has created over fifty works, both solo and ensemble. In 1976 she was featured in the landmark avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, for which she won an Obie Award and she subsequently appeared in a number of Wilson’s productions.
In 1979 Childs choreographed one of her most enduring works, Dance with music by Philip Glass and film décor by Sol LeWitt, and was cited by the Wall Street Journal (2011), as “one of the greatest achievements of the 20th Century.” The piece continues to tour internationally and has recently been added to the repertory of the Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2015 she revived Available Light, created in 1983 with music by John Adams and a split-level set by architect Frank Gehry which was presented last uyear at the Festival d’Autumne.
Since 1981 she has choreographed over thirty works for major ballet companies which include Paris Opera Ballet and Les Ballet de Monte Carlo. In the past twenty years she has directed and choreographed a number of contemporary and eighteenth-century operas, e.g. at the which include Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for the Los Angeles Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Opera Du Rhin in Strasbourg. Childs is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards as e.g. the Lifetime Achievement Bessie Award. She holds the rank of Commander in France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
Following her company’s season at the Joyce Theater in New York her next project will be a full length work titled Distant Figure, choreographed in collaboration with Philip Glass and Robert Wilson which is currently in development and to premiere in 2017.