“Dance” is a three way collaboration. There’s movement by Lucinda Childs, music by Philip Glass, and a film by visual artist Sol Lewitt.
In 1979 audiences reacted angrily, questioning if it was even dance. Childs and Glass remember the catcalls, and Glass says even worse.
“We actually had people throwing things at us,” he said. He remembers seeing a dancer with egg smeared on his leg.
“We were simply doing what we did. We weren’t trying to make people angry,” he said. “What was surprising about it was how much in advance of the norms of dance and music that we had gone to. I personally didn’t know we had done that.”
“Philip and I never actually discussed it,” said Childs. “You just sort of move on, and rise above it. It seems to me that someone who was there to throw eggs had purchased the eggs in advance,” she smiles.
“Of course, you don’t come to the ballet with eggs in your pocket,” laughed Glass.
Philip Glass and Lucinda Childs speak on their piece “Dance”, a collaboration they did in 1979 with film maker Sol Lewitt. There’s a revival happening this year, check out the whole article here