ICON

Lucinda Childs is one of the iconic ´grand old ladies´ of American modern dance. Her movement language is absolutely unique: in an abstract, almost mathematical fashion the ‘queen of minimal dance’ uses relatively simple ballet and athletic movements to create hugely complex masterpieces. There is a special bond between Childs and Introdans: Introdans is the only Dutch company allowed to perform her work. In addition to existing top-level dance pieces the group has now also produced three world premieres of her work. In June 2020 Childs will be celebrating her 80th birthday. So that’s a great opportunity for Introdans to turn the spotlight on her exceptional work in the tribute programme ICOON, featuring some of the finest jewels in her wide-ranging oeuvre. A unique show highlighting a unique dance personality!

LIVE MUSIC | The Gelders Orkest conducted by Ryan Bancroft accompanies the first five performances of ICOON. Experience ICOON with live music in Stadstheater Arnhem (14 + 15 Feb), Zwolle theaters (18 Feb), Stadsschouwburg en De Vereeniging in Nijmegen (21 Feb) and Schouwburg Orpheus in Apeldoorn (22 Feb).

Petricor

The latest creation by the ‘queen of minimal dance’ is Petricor. The world premiere of this work formed part of the Introdans programme MODERNE GIRLS (September 2018). Childs drew her inspiration for her latest choreography from the composition of the same name by Ludovico Einaudi, known among other things for his music for the French film hit Intouchables. This music piece is taken from his album Elements and the Italian composer wrote a new arrangement for piano and strings specially for Introdans. ‘Petricor’ is the scent released when rain falls on dry ground. The word derives from Ancient Greek: πέτρα (petra) means ‘stone’ and ἰχώρ (ichor) is, according to Greek mythology, the ‘blood of the gods’. The French designer Dominique Drillot created the decor, costumes and lighting for Petricor.

Canto Ostinato

Following on from Kilar the next work that Childs created for Introdans was Canto Ostinato, which proved a major hit at its premiere in 2015. “Simple, pure and wonderful,” said one reviewer. When making this work Childs took her inspiration from sections of the famous composition of the same name by Simeon ten Holt. The choreography displays an apparent simplicity: simple walking steps, low jumps, tight formations. But appearances are deceptive. The constantly shifting patterns, directions and rhythms reveal brilliant inventiveness and demand the utmost from the dancers.

Concerto

“An electrifying work that passes by like a whirlwind.” That’s how Childs’ Concerto was described when first performed in the Netherlands in 2007. Concerto may well be her most ‘ballet-like’ choreography. Childs drives the dancers across the stage in constantly changing formations, set to the propulsive music of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. With tiny variations and shifts she creates a kaleidoscopic jewel: seemingly very simple but in fact amazingly refined and masterful.

Chairman Dances

Chairman Dances, which entered the Introdans repertoire in 2009, is a spatial dance celebration set to the composition of the same name by John Adams. In this choreography – part of the widely praised opera Nixon in China – the dancers enter into a vibrant, fascinating interplay with the swinging music of the minimalist Adams. The repetitive movements generate a magical, poetic effect and at the same time are breathtakingly virtuoso. “Purifyingly beautiful,” wrote NRC Handelsblad.

Kilar

Kilar is the first work that Lucinda Childs made specially for Introdans, in 2013. This choreography features an ingenious interaction with the Piano Concerto by (film) composer Wojciech Kilar. Childs’ movement language captivates the audience with her trademark sparkling, abstract and pure dance patterns. In this work she has challenged herself in a way new for herself by having the dancers perform in crinolines and with cubes of steel wire. This not only results in many fine images but also gives her work a more romantic touch.

Petricor

choreography Lucinda Childs | music Ludovico Einaudi, Petricor | set, lighting, costume and audiovisual design Dominique Drillot | costumes made by Merlijn Koopman | repetiteur Diane Matla | duration + 13 minutes | world premiere 14 September 2018, Introdans, Arnhem

Canto Ostinato

choreography Lucinda Childs | music Simeon ten Holt, Canto Ostinato | costume-, lighting- and set design Dominique Drillot | costumes made by Merlijn Koopman | audiovisual design Dominique Drillot and Matthieu Stefani, inspired by Norman McLaren | repetiteur/ballet master Diane Matla | duration ± 13 minutes | world premiere 6 February 2015, Introdans, Arnhem

Concerto

choreography Lucinda Childs | assistant to the choreographer Ty Boomershine | music Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Concerto pour clavecin et cordes opus 40 | costume design Anne Masset | lighting design Dominique Drillot | repetiteur Diane Matla | duration ± 9 minutes | world premiere 16 September 1993, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Lissabon (pt) | Premiere Introdans 2 February 2007, Arnhem

Chairman Dances

choreography Lucinda Childs | music John Adams, The Chairman Dances (from de opera Nixon in China) | set and lighting design Dominique Drillot | costume design Jean Michel Lainé | set made by Theatex | costumes made by Merlijn Koopman | repetiteur Jorge Pérez Martínez | duration + 14 minutes | world premiere 26 December 2000, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo (mc) | premiere Introdans 6 February 2009, Arnhem

Kilar

choreography Lucinda Childs | music Wojciech Kilar, Piano Concerto, the parts: Andante Con Moto, Corale, Toccata | set, costume and lighting design Dominique Drillot | costume design Merlijn Koopman, Martine Douma | construction frames Gebroeders Slegers | set made by Helldörfer Lasbedrijf and Showtex | repetiteur Diane Matla | duration ± 25 minutes | world premiere 8 February 2013, Introdans, Arnhem
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