... began her career as choreographer and performer in 1963 as an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York. After forming her own dance company in 1973, Ms. Childs collaborated with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass on the opera Einstein On the Beach, participating as leading performer and choreographer (1976, 1984, 1992). Since 1979, Ms. Childs has collaborated with a number of composers and designers on a series of large- scale, full-length productions, among them Dance (1979), with Philip Glass and Sol LeWitt, and Available Light (1983), with John Adams and Frank Gehry. She also received a number of commissions from major ballet companies since 1981. These include the Paris Opera Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Additionally, in the field of opera, Ms. Childs has worked with director Luc Bondy on his productions of Salome (1992-95), Reigen (1993-94), Don Carlos (1996), and Macbeth (1999). She directed her first opera Zaïde for La Monnaie, Brussels in October 1995. In 1979, Ms. Childs received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1996 was appointed to the rank of Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of the most distinguished honors given by the French government for outstanding contributions to the arts.