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Ruth Childs (born in 1984 in London) is a British-American dancer/performer/singer based in Geneva since 2003, when she arrived to dance with the Junior Ballet of Geneva for two years. Since 2005 she has been working with many different artists including Jean-Marc Heim, Foofwa d'Imobilité, Jozsef Trefeli, Massimo Furlan. Gilles Jobin, and La Ribot. Ruth is currently touring a revival of Mas Distinguidas (1997) a series from La Ribot's famous distinguished pieces.

In 2014 she started to develop her own work through performance, film and music and founds her company SCARLETT'S, and her band SCARLETT'S FALL with Stéphane Vecchione (scarlettsfall.com). She will be in residency in Berlin from July-December 2016 to start work on her first piece.

Alongside her own projects she is working on a series of revivals of her aunt, Lucinda Childs' early work from the 1960s and 70s. The first series of this project is on tour at the moment: Pastime (1963), Carnation (1964), Museum Piece (1965) and the second series Particular Reel/Calico Mingling/Reclining Rondo/Katema will premiere in the fall of 2017.

   


LAST CREATION :

PASTIME (1963) CARNATION (1964) MUSEUM PIECE (1965)
Three solos by Lucinda Childs performed by Ruth Childs

Lucinda Childs and Ruth Childs started their work on re-creation with the revival of these three solos from the Judson Church period. Paying homage to her aunt, Ruth Childs shares her family and artistic ties and presents these pieces to a new generation of audience members. These three performances were at the time « experimentations, or trials of radical doubt, aiming to let go of classical and modern heritage.» (Gilles Amalvi) Far from the usual conventions seen in dance of that time, these pieces are filled with dada humor and Duchamp influence.

NEXT CREATION

PARTICULAR REEL, CALICO MINGLING, RECLINIG RONDO, KATEMA Four pieces by Lucinda Childs re-created by Ruth Childs

Ruth Childs is currently preparing a new program of revivals with her aunt Lucinda Childs. The success and joy experienced while developing the first program based on Lucinda Childs' Judson Solos (Pastime 1963, Carnation 1964 and Museum Piece 1965) encouraged Ruth and Lucinda to continue their collaboration.

For this second series, Ruth is reviving and recreating 4 pieces by Lucinda Childs from the seventies: Particular Reel (1973), Calico Mingling (1973), Reclining Rondo (1975) and Katema (1978). These pieces were originally presented in "non-theatrical" spaces such as museums, public spaces, gymnasiums etc.

Here she is interested in delving into the essence of Lucinda Childs' choreographic work, which suddenly becomes very visible from 1973 on. During this period three things appear as fundamental elements in Lucinda's way of making dance: the use of a score, a trajectory in space and an imposed rhythm without using music. Somehow Ruth is looking to fill in the gap between Carnation (1964) and Dance (1979.)

ON TOUR

 
PASTIME (1963)
CARNATION (1964)
MUSEUM PIECE (1965)
creation 2016
   
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