Lucinda Childs (right) with Sheryl Sutton
in the original production of Einstein on the Beach.
Photo © Richard Landry, 1976
The following is excerpted from a 2012 interview with choreographer Lucinda Childs, who was one of the principal performers in the world premiere production of Einstein on the Beach in 1976.
On plumbing parts and patterns:
The solo for the three diagonals in the first act comes out of improvisation. Because Einstein was a plumber, I was dancing with a big heavy wrench, and we decided to drop that in favor of the pipe, which is much easier to hold on the end of my hand, and on my thumb, out in the space. But basically when push comes to shove, the whole choreography is really inspired by the music, and I felt that alternating the walking patterns forward and back, six and seven patterns, would very much produce the kind of on and off quality I wanted with Philip’s music.