Judson Dance Theater

Lucinda Childs. Still from _Carnation _(1964), performed at The Bonnie Bird Theatre at the Laban Centre, London, 1990. Film by Les Young and Ian Wallace. Performer: Lucinda Childs. Video (color, sound). Courtesy of the artist

Lucinda Childs. Carnation 291_1

Lucinda Childs. Still from _Carnation _(1964), performed at The Bonnie Bird Theatre at the Laban Centre, London, 1990. Film by Les Young and Ian Wallace. Performer: Lucinda Childs. Video (color, sound). Courtesy of the artist

THOMAS J. LAX: In Carnation, Lucinda Childs uses domestic objects like a colander, kitchen sponges, and hair rollers in absurd and comic ways.

LUCINDA CHILDS: They’re objects that don't have anything to do with each other. The sponges and the colander and the sheet and so forth. The point was to find a relationship with these objects that generated movement ideas.

THOMAS J. LAX: Childs began performing with the Judson group in 1963:

LUCINDA CHILDS: I was tremendously fortunate because I had just graduated from college, and here was this place where I felt, very soon after, showing my first piece, I felt that I belonged there, and I became a member, and I started performing in other people's works, Steve's works and Yvonne's works and Robert Morris, and so forth. It was a very unusual kind of atmosphere. And perfect, really, for me.

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