THE DAY—a performative investigation of the diurnal rhythms of life and what comes after—is a superlative collaboration between avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser (who conceived the work), dancer Wendy Whelan, composer DavidLang, and legendary choreographer Lucinda Childs.
When [Childs started] choreographing dances, in 1968, it was with the predilection for keeping the movement vocabulary relatively simple, seeking complexity elsewhere—in the intricate design of spatial forms and in timing. But in the music-based works choreographed since 1979, which propose a much more complex movement vocabulary, Childs has broken radically with the anti-ballet aesthetic of the other ex- or neo-Duchampian choreographers with whom she has been grouped.
Of all the adepts of the rigorously modern among contemporary choreographers, she has the subtlest and most fastidious relation to classical dance… Childs does not feed balletic movements and positions into an eclectic mix but wholly transforms and reinterprets them. In this, as in other matters, she is adamantly anti-collage. — Susan Sontag*
THE DAY was commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, and CAP UCLA, and will be performed by Beiser and Whelan twice this weekend at Royce Hall.
*Susan Sontag, “A Lexicon for Available Light,” Art in America, December 1983. Collected in Where the Stress Falls (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001). Reprinted in Susan Sontag:Later Essays (New York: Library of America, 2017), 364–379.
The world premiere engagement of THE SUN STILL BURNS HERE—a collaboration between choreographer Kate Wallich and her troupe The YC, performer Mike Hadreas / Perfume Genius, musician Alan Wyffels, and art director Andrew J.S.— starts this weekend in Seattle, followed by a New York presentation at the Joyce, and dates in Minneapolis and Boston.
L.A. Dance Project presents L.A. DANCES—A FESTIVAL OF 10 DANCE WORKS, an engagement of ten Los Angeles premieres—plus a new production of Bella Lewitzky’s KINAESONATA—over the course of the next two months.
Program A includes new work by L.A. Dance Project dancers Janie Taylor (ADAGIO IN B MINOR) and Gianna Reisen (RISING WATER)—as well Kyle Abraham’s CHAPTERSONG. This fast-moving piece of vignettes and quick cuts features costumes and text by the choreographer, voiceover by Carrie MaeWeems, and music by everyone from Philip Glass and Barbra Streisand to Outkast and Kendrick Lamar.
The evening opens with SPLIT STEP, a collaboration by visual artist Emily Mast, director Zack Winokur, composer Evan Mast, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl, and the dancers of L.A. Dance Project.