PRINT January 1980

“Dance”: Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass and Sol LeWitt

NO MATTER HOW THEY SUCCEED or fail in the particulars of their collaborative effort, Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass and Sol LeWitt have created an emotionally eloquent event in Dance, performed in December at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, combining at a few moments in rare peaks of pure physical joy. That the dance goes with the music which goes with LeWitt’s film is arguable. You’d have to survey those who left throughout the performance for violent negative reactions. Those who stayed to give standing ovations would be harder pressed to denigrate the collaboration. Beyond choreography or scoring, beyond the inclusion of film as a third partner, the collaboration succeeds brilliantly on a more difficult abstract level, combining space, time and sound into a single physical unit—a packaged visual/aural building block used as a tool for the artist—as valid and simple as paint and brush.


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