© Jubal Battisti

Choreography: Lucinda Childs
Re-staging: Ty Boomershine

Lighting Design: Martin Beeretz
Sound: Mattef Kuhlmey
Costume: Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz
Cast: Ty Boomershine


“I felt that I needed to step outside of the world of objects and materials. I wanted to get back to movement, to simple movement ideas, without depending so much on the manipulation of objects and materials.” (Lucinda Childs).

In establishing the foundations for her mature and original style in the dances from the 1970s, Childs focused on developing choreography that stood on its own terms: movement in time and space devised within mathematically derived structures, with no other elements to distract, embellish, overwhelm, or otherwise demand attention. Hypnotic in the insistence of its repetition along the linear path of a long diagonal, Katema encompasses simple walking patterns, interwoven with turns and half-turns of remarkable precision. 40 years after its premiere in Amsterdam, the piece is now re-staged by Ty Boomershine who has been the Artistic Assistant for Lucinda Childs since 2007 and is a member of the Dance On Ensemble.


Premiere 12th March 1978, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Premiere Re-staging  1st March 2018, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin

Produced for the DANCE ON Festival with support from Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

DANCE ON is an initiative by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and the Media, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON