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Yvonne Rainer

(b. 1934)


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(b San Francisco, Calif., 24 Nov. 1934)

US dancer, choreographer, and film-maker. She studied with Graham, Cunningham, and Halprin and danced with several companies including James Waring's. In 1962 she was a founder member of the Judson Dance Theater which gave a platform to alternative dance performances. She became an influential member of New York's post-modern school, with its commitment to reducing dance to its basic elements and in 1965 published the notorious manifesto, which opened with the call ‘NO to spectacle, no to virtuosity no to transformations and magic and make believe’. She created over 40 works, which included Trio A (1966), part of a longer work called The Mind is a Muscle, which was composed out of basic pedestrian movements like walks and somersaults, rather than technical display. In the early 1970s her works became more political, and she became increasingly interested in narrative. In 1972 she made the film Lives of Performers and in 1974 abandoned her career in dance to become a full-time film-maker.

Subjects: Dance.


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