Lucinda Childs Dance Company
Zellerbach Hall, Cal Performances
February 3, 2017
by Rita Felciano
copyright Rita Felciano, 2017
It's rare that choreo- graphers or composers get to revisit a work they created more than thirty years ago. It only happens to those whose accom- plishments have since proven their staying power. John Adams, whose 70th birthday celebration generated the "Available Light's" performances this past weekend at Cal, is one of them. Another is Lucinda Childs. Her contribution to the 2015 revival of "Einstein at the Beach" may have revived audiences' memories of the now seventy-six year old choreographer whose brainy works were an essential contribution to what we now call post-modern dance. The third collaborator, architect Frank O. Gehry, at the time was best known for having wrapped his 1920's bungalow home in corrugated steel and chain link fencing. Maybe in 1983 "Available Light" created a stir by being "radical", "minimalist" and "single-minded." If so, the years have not diminished any of these qualities even though the Cal performance didn't look as abstract or as stringent as I had anticipated.
Lucinda Childs Dance Company in "Available Light." Photo: JJ Tiziou