“Available Light” Brings Lucinda Childs, John Adams and Frank Gehry Together Again at MASS MoCA, March 6-8 [Berkshire on Stage]
By Larry Murray
Lucinda Childs, one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern era, revives her seminal 1983 collaboration with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry. During an extended artistic residency at North Adams’ confluence of visual and performing arts, MASS MoCA, Childs remounts “Available Light,” which features an updated version of Childs’ choreography and Gehry’s striking set. The work-in-progress preview performances will take place in the museum’s Hunter Center at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (March 6 & 7) and at 3pm on Sunday (March 8).
“Available Light” was commissioned by and had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in 1983. The piece was originally conceived as a site-specific work, in which the museum’s large, warehouse-style performance venue, called the Temporary Contemporary, played an integral role. Lucinda Childs’ signature style of choreography, much of which she established in this work, merged with Frank Gehry’s stunning two-story Constructivist set and John Adams’s original, textured score, “Light Over Water.”