A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78


Street Dance was Robert Dunn’s workshop assignment for the Judson Group, which was to make a dance that would be six minutes long. It has only been performed on three occasions: in 1964, at the studio of Robert and Judith Dunn; in 1965, at Robert Rauschenberg’s studio; and as part of the 2013 revival in Philadelphia. The action of Street Dance is viewed by an audience looking out of windows to the street below where dancers point out architectural features and details on signposts or the sidewalk too small for the audience to see. There is a pre-recorded narrative which describes each benchmark or location precisely as it is being pointed out or enacted. This is achieved by the use of a stopwatch during the performance to ensure the accuracy of the timings, which have been painstakingly rehearsed to discover the exact amount of time between each event. …”
Street Dance – 1964 (Video)
Pastime – 1963 (Video)
Museum Piece – 1965 (Video)
W – Lucinda Childs
Lucinda Childs, body and soul
vimeo: Steve Paxton reading a letter he sent to Lucinda Childs in August, 1964

Lucinda Childs

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