John Adams / Lucinda Childs / Frank Gehry / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

John Adams / Lucinda Childs / Frank Gehry

Available Light

5-7 DEC 2015
Main Stage
55 minutes
Three living legends of American minimalism revive one of the most pivotal choreographies in the history of modern dance.
30% discount for zones A and B

Full price: 15 – 18 – 25 – 36 – 45 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11-14-20-29-36 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9-12-18-27-34 €  
People with disabilities: 5€ - Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
Three legends of the American avant-garde -the composer John Adams, the choreographer Lucinda Childs and the architect Frank Gehry- have come to the Onassis Cultural Centre to restage a seminal work which set its seal on their first and only collaboration, back in 1983. Borne of an era much taken with experimental collaborations between star artists, Available Light reveals the individual artistry of its three creators but also the shared aesthetic that was common to their experimental approaches.

Lucinda Childs, whose Greek debut this is, is a living legend of modern dance. She was a student of that star of the international dance scene, Merce Cunningham, and a key member of the Judson avant-garde dance company which revolutionized modern dance in the early 60s. In 1976, her collaboration as a choreographer and performer with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass on the epic, five-hour opera Einstein on the Beach revealed that, as well as being a dancer of rare talent, she could choreograph ground-breaking solos and ensemble pieces for opera with equal ease. Wilson once said that Childs was “so many opposites… soft but hard, natural but unnatural”, while Childs has said that what drew her to Wilson was her “taste for the unusual”. In any case, everyone who got to watch their collaboration on stage spoke of a seminal post-modern performance.

John Adams, the award-winning post-minimalist composer, is equally at home with electronic music –the work he composed for this work, for instance, which is entitled Light over Water– and chamber works, soundtracks and contemporary operas.

The architectural star Frank Gehry, well-known for Bilbao’s emblematic Guggenheim Museum, returns here to his childhood love for industrial materials and simple, functional constructions. For the premiere of Available Light in 1983, Gehry created a split-level set out of industrial platforms and fencing which placed the audience in banked rows of seats above the stage. Childs danced in the original production; now aged 75, her role will be performed by two dancers.


Music: John Adams
Choreography: Lucinda Childs
Stage Design: Frank O. Gehry
Lighting Design: Beverley Emmons, John Torres
Costume Design:  Kasia Walicka Maimone    
Sound Design:  Mark Grey
Performed by The Lucinda Childs Dance Company
With: Ty Boomershine, Katie Dorn, Katherine Helen Fisher, Sarah Hillmon, Anne Lewis, Sharon Milanese, Patrick John O’ Neill, Matt Pardo, Lonnie Poupard Jr., Caitlin Scranton, Shakirah Stewart
Associate General Manager: Linsey Bostwick
Company Manager: Katie Ichtertz        
Production Manager: Jeremy Lydic
Stage Manager: Jason Kaiser
Associate Producer: Kaleb Kilkenny, Alisa E. Regas
Produced by: Pomegranate Arts, Inc.  
Executive Producer: Linda Brumbach

The 2015 revival of Available Light was commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens; Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley; Festspielhaus St. Pölten; FringeArts, Philadelphia with the support of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg; Tanz Im August, Berlin; Théâtre de la Ville - Paris and Festival d'Automne à Paris.

Available Light was developed at MASS MoCa (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).

“Available Light” Production:
Front of House Sound/Sound Supervisor: Lilly West
For Gehry Partners: Design Team: Leif Halverson, Meaghan Lloyd, David Nam
Set Construction: Tom Carroll Scenery
Assistant Costume Designer: Mary Kokie McNaugher
Costume Construction: Colin Davis Jones Studios, Carelli Costumes
LCDC Rehearsal Director:Ty Boomershine
LCDC Company Class Instructors: Sharon Milanese, Matt Pardo            
LCDC Alternates: Josh Christopher, Benny Olk

This piece was rehearsed at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
Light Over Water by John Adams is used by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner.

Sunday 6 December
After performance talk with Lucinda Childs
Chaired by Nina Alkalai, theorist of dance education

Sunday 6 December
Masterclass by Lucinda Childs

6 Dec 2015

Cost: 15 €


Dance masterclass with Lucinda Childs

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26 - 29 Feb 2016

21:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 15 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 10 €
Large groups
(10+ people): 9 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €


Iris Karayan ALASKA

17 - 19 Dec 2015

20:30 Main Stage
EARLY BIRD until 18 NOV:
13 - 20 €
Full price: 15 – 18 – 28 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 - 14 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 - 12 - 20 €  
People with disabilities: 5€ -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €


KVS & les ballets C de la B Coup Fatal

9 - 10 Apr 2016

20:30 Main Stage
Full price: 15 – 18 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €


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