Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: CLIFFORD BISHOP

LUCINDA CHILDS/ DANCE Barbican, EC2 LUCINDA CHILDS has been making cutting-edge movement since she was a member of New York's revolutionary Judson Dance Theater in the Sixties. Her minimalistically shaped and titled DANCE was first seen 32 years ago but, recently revived, proves as timeless as its creator.

At first, pairs of dancers dressed in white make a series of skimming, turning jumping jacks in parallel across the stage. As the electronically treated soprano voice of Philip Glass's score repeats a nonsense incantation, tiny stops, accelerations and disconnects add a steadily accumulating sense of texture to the movement. At the same time, the stage fills, not only with more dancers, but with the ectoplasmic shapes of their counterparts who first performed the work, filmed in 1979 by Sol LeWitt and projected so that sometimes they hover over the cast, sometimes partner them, and sometimes swoop through them.

The boundaries between flesh and light, past and present, are mesmerically blurred. …

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