Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels presents Lucinda Childs’ Dance, performed by Lyon Opera Ballet, in collaboration with New York City Center, from October 19-21, 2023. The performance marks the opening night of the Dance Reflections 2023 Festival, which concludes in December.
Audiences will experience a post-modern ballet from legendary choreographer Lucinda Childs featuring music by composer Philip Glass and projections by Sol LeWitt. Dancers from Lyon Opera Ballet unite movement, video and music into a mesmerizing rumination on time, space and perception.
Dance, created in 1979, is a pinnacle of post-modern dance, a minimalist ballet that strips dance back to the language of the body. This seminal piece marks the first major collaboration of Lucinda Childs with the composer Philip Glass and is a must-see event for every contemporary dance fan.
Interpreted by seventeen dancers in a series of glissades, sauts and pirouettes, the dance explores the repetitive and progressively shifting patterns of the score. Dance and music form a flow into which, in the words of Lucinda Childs, you want to ‘slip’. Film plays an important part in this work. The appeal of the work is amplified by the screening of the original Sol LeWitt film, thus producing a hypnotic split between stage and background.
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Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass with The Lyon Opera Ballet
Event Title: Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass with The Lyon Opera Ballet
Event Description: Lucinda Childs’s 1979 masterwork Dance layers a propulsive Philip Glass score, haunting Sol LeWitt projections, and buoyant choreography into a singular collaboration that remains as fresh and exhilarating as it was four decades ago. This widely acknowledged masterpiece is restaged for the peerless dancers of the Lyon Opera Ballet and presented in an exclusive US engagement that launches the citywide Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival.
Start date: October 19, 2023
End date: October 21, 2023
Location name: New York City Center
Address: 131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019