Del 28 de febrer a l’11 de març
A documentary that films how the famous American choreographer and her corps of dancers explore and translate Beethoven’s music into dance. Session with presentation by AIMAR PÉREZ GALÍ (dancer, choreographer, pedagogue and researcher). Within the cycle “Per Amor a les Arts 2022-23”
Time 5 pm / Place Filmoteca de Catalunya / 77′ – VOSC
In 2016, the American choreographer Lucinda Childs donated her archives to the National Dance Centre (CND) in Pantin, near Paris. This prized collection, which includes documents exhibited in the exhibition “Lucinda Childs, Nothing Personal (1963-1981)” at Mercat de les Flors, offers access to an unknown aspect of her work. In contrast to other choreographers of her generation, who resort to drawings to design the structure of their works, Lucinda Childs conceives dance movements by thinking about the dancers and taking their perspective into account. The pages in her hand during rehearsals form a direct part of her choreography’s embodiment process. This dialogue reveals how this singular personification of movement makes it possible to understand the essence of her work, such as activities at street level, her in-situ reflection, alternative spaces and set design, in addition to her personified vision of abstraction.
LOU FORSTER, an art historian and the curator of the exhibition, works at the point where the human sciences, dance and the visual arts meet. From 2010 to 2013, he formed part of the editorial board of the magazine Art 21. This first experience led him to study artistic forms and practices in greater depth and to reflect on the wide variety of ways in which they can be expressed. At the same time, he carried out curatorial activities as Pierre Bal-Blanc’s assistant for the exhibition “The Living Currency” and served as assistant curator for the exhibition “documenta 14”.
In 2014, he started work on an ambitious project on the choreographer Lucinda Childs in the form of a monographic exhibition called “Lucinda Childs, Nothing Personal (1963-1981)”, which he staged at France’s National Dance Centre and at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Pantin (Paris) as part of the Paris Autumn Festival.
He is currently a doctoral student at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. His thesis is on dance companies from a historical anthropology perspective with a focus on the techniques and knowledge that enable the embodiment of minimalism. In 2010, he and the choreographer Lenio Kaklea founded abd, a platform for the development of projects at the intersection of dance and critical theory.
Time 6 pm / Place PB hall / Simultaneous interpretation service.
Free entry (previous reservation is required at email@example.com), limited capacity
The first retrospective exhibition on Lucinda Childs was held in 2016 at France’s National Dance Centre (CND Pantin) under the curatorship of Lou Forster as part of the Paris Autumn Festival and was based on the American choreographer’s archives deposited at the CND. The exhibition we are now presenting is an adaptation produced on the occasion of the constellation dedicated to Childs.
The exhibition features Childs’s graphic works (choreographic scores, drawings, diagrams), as well as unique documents from artists with whom she has collaborated. The overall purpose of exhibiting these documents is to offer a journey of discovery towards the formal invention of dance which, in the words of the choreographer, is “nothing personal”, showing how dance transforms the places it occupies. It is a collection of documents that traces Childs’s career from her first steps at the Judson Dance Theatre in the 1960s to her involvement in New York’s alternative scene and finally to her theatre work in the early 1980s.
Curator Lou Forster / Exhibition Mounting and Archive Manager Laurent Sebillotte (CND) / Document Researcher Juliette Riandey (CND) / Producers Chloé Pérol, Auréline Roy (CND) and the Mercat de les Flors team / Technicians Mercat de les Flors team
Opening hours 2 March, from 7 pm, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 March from 6 pm, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March from 5 pm until one hour after the performances (Monday 6 March, closed) / Place Foyer.
Free entry, limited capacity
Written and directed by: Patrick Bensard
France 2006 – 52 minutes
Original French version with English subtitles
The documentary explores the exceptional personality of Lucinda Childs and puts her career into perspective with her own comments. It is a portrait of the choreographer through archive images, interviews and excepts of her stage performances.
Times 2 March at 7.30 pm; 3 March at 6 pm; 4 and 5 March at 5.30 pm / Place SG hall
Free entry, limited capacity
Moderated by journalist and dance history teacher, Bàrbara Raubert
Time After the performance of DANCE – Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon / Place MAC hall
Open presentation of the transmission laboratory of the piece by Lucinda Childs for non-stage spaces and for 8 dancers. Led by TY BOOMERSHINE within the programme CÈL·LULA_LAB.
The laboratory took place from 13 to 18 February at Mercat de les Flors, with an open presentation on the last day, Saturday 18 February. The programme also includes a second open presentation of the laboratory on 4 March.
Ty Boomershine (1968, USA) studied dance at the Fort Hayes School for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, completing his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. He has danced for Dan Wagoner, Gus Solomons Jr., Bill T. Jones, Ton Simons, Emio Greco | PC, Nicole Beutler, Merce Cunningham repertory and Lucinda Childs. In 2009, he restaged and performed in iconic works by Lucinda Childs, and in 2012 he performed as a featured soloist in the remounting and subsequent four-year world tour of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach.
Since 2007 he has acted as Lucinda Childs’s artistic assistant staging her works and assisting her on various projects around the world.
Ty Boomershine, as the director of the DANCE ON company, will present Works in Silence on 3 and 4 March in the OM hall within the framework of this constellation.
Time 5 pm / Place Plaça de Margarida Xirgu
with Àngels Margarit, choreographer and director of Mercat de les Flors, and Bàrbara Raubert, dance critic.
Time 7.30 pm / Place: SG hall
Free entry, limited capacity.
The session will be streamed.
Coordinated by BdDansa_ExplicaDansa.