Available Light brings together three giants of postwar American culture: choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry. This new production takes the trio’s brilliant collaboration, first staged in 1983, to a new generation of audiences.
Available Light beautifully unites the distinct visions of its three creators. Gehry’s designs playfully subvert convention, setting a backdrop of chain-link fencing against a stage split over two levels. Adams’ hypnotic soundtrack pulses out in waves, subtly blending acoustic brass with synthesisers and electronics as it anchors the movements of a dozen dancers. And Childs’ intricate, mesmerising choreography, playing with notions of space and time, is a brilliant distillation of the minimalist aesthetic that has long kept her work at the cutting edge.
A perfect fusion of music, movement and art, Available Light is a landmark in American dance.
The revival of Available Light was commissioned by the 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; Kampnagel Hamburg – Center for Fine Arts; Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens; Tanz im August, Berlin; and Théâtre de la Ville – Paris and Festival d’Automne à Paris. Available Light was developed at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). Produced by Pomegranate Arts, Inc. Photo: Available Light© JJ Tiziou