Peter Moore’s photograph of Lucinda Childs in Pastime,1963. Performed in Surplus Dance Theater: Program Exchange, New York, March 2, 1964

In Lucinda Childs’s (American, b. 1940) solo work of the early 1960s, she derived movements from the manipulation of commonplace objects like bed sheets and hair rollers. Childs performed her first work, Pastime (1963), a three-part dance set to Philip Corner’s recorded score of water sounds, in 1963 at Judson Memorial Church. After forming the Lucinda Childs Dance Company in 1973, she choreographed Calico Mingling (1973) and Radial Courses (1976), both of which consist of four dancers moving in geometric patterns without musical accompaniment. Katema (1978), the final work in this performance program, was originally a solo, which Childs recently reconfigured as a quartet. As in ballet or military ceremonies, the group formations in Childs’s works of the 1970s projected what Village Voice critic Jill Johnston described as a “hard-edge concentrated impassivity.”

Pastime (1963, first revised in 1982)
Calico Mingling (1973)
Radical Courses (1976, first revised in 1990)
Katema (1978, revised as a quartet in 2013)

Performed by members of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company: Robert Mark Burke, Katie Dorn, Kyle Gerry, Sarah Hillmon, Vincent McCloskey, Sharon Milanese, Lonnie Poupard Jr., Caitlin Scranton, Shakirah Stewart

The artist gratefully acknowledges Pomegranate Arts, longtime producers of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company.

  1. Monday, October 29,
    12:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  2. Monday, October 29,
    3:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  3. Tuesday, October 30,
    12:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  4. Tuesday, October 30,
    3:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  5. Wednesday, October 31,
    12:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  6. Wednesday, October 31,
    3:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  7. Thursday, November 1,
    12:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  8. Thursday, November 1,
    3:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  9. Friday, November 2,
    12:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  10. Friday, November 2,
    3:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  11. Saturday, November 3,
    12:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  12. Saturday, November 3,
    3:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  13. Sunday, November 4,
    12:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
  14. Sunday, November 4,
    3:00 p.m.

    Followed by a discussion with the artist
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 2, Marron Atrium
    Free with Museum admission
This performance accompanies Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done.
This performance is part of Lucinda Childs Performance Program.