Lucinda Childs began her career as a choreographer and performer in 1963 as an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York. After forming her own company in 1973, she collaborated with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass in 1976 on the opera Einstein on the Beach, participating as the lead performer and also taking part in subsequent revivals of the opera in 1984 and 1992. Further collaborations with Wilson followed in «I Was Sitting On My Patio», «This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating» (1977-1978), «Heiner Müller’s Quartett» (1987-1988) and «La Maladie de la Mort by Marguerite Duras» (1996-1997).
During the 1980s Lucinda Childs worked with a number of contemporary artists such as the architect Frank Gehry and the composer John Adams. She won the Guggenheim Fellowship for «Dance», choreographed in 1979 to music by Philip Glass. Since 1981 there have been a number of commissions for her work from major ballet companies, including the ballets of the Operas of Paris, Berlin and Lyon, the Rambert Dance Company, the Bayerisches Staatsballett, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Recent creations include the first production of Mozart’s opera «Zaïde» at La Monnaie in Brussels (1995), choreographies for Verdi’s «Macbeth» for the Scottish Opera (1999) and «Lohengrin» in Los Angeles (2001), and the production of Gluck’s «Orfeo ed Euridice» for the Scottish Opera and the Los Angeles Opera (2003). In 2003, Lucinda Childs choreographed a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov, «Opus One», as well as «Mandarin Merveilleux» for the Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin. She has also choreographed «Daphnis and Chloe» for the Grand-Théâtre de Genève.