in 1929, San Francisco-based artist Remy Charlip has authored more
than 30 children’s books. His many publications include
and most recently A
which suggests that the perfect day does not have to be anything
other than ordinary.
long career as a writer, choreographer, designer, and teacher has
lead him to perform with artist John Cage, to co-found, dance and
design costumes for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and to serve
as the head of the Children’s Theater and Literature Department at
Sarah Lawrence College. In 1958 Charlip co-founded a New York-based
theater troupe called the Paper Bag Players. Still touring the East
Coast 50 years later, the Players perform theater works for children
using everyday household items such as boxes, bags, buckets and mops
for costumes and sets.
is also known for his creation of a new form of choreography called
“airmail dances” – a method that grew from his work with the
National Theater for the Deaf. Charlip developed step-by-step dance
designs and illustrated them in sequential, cartoon-like format.
These designs were then mailed to the dancers, who were free to
rearrange the sketches as they wished.
Throughout his career, Charlip’s work
has been recognized for its innovative and creative qualities.
Charlip has been honored with two Village Voice Obie awards, three
New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations,
and a six-month residence in Kyoto, Japan as part of the Japan-US
Commission on the Arts. In addition, Charlip’s choreography has
been used by a variety of dance companies, including AXIS Dance
Company and the Oakland Ballet.