Warm-Up: Engaging with Rainer


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Date & Time: 30/09/2018 13:00 - 20:30

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A full day with film by and about Yvonne Rainer

This autumn, the legendary choreographer, dancer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer is moving from a large retrospective about Judson Dance Theatre at MoMa in New York to Weld at Norrtullsgatan in Stockholm to create a new work for Weld Company titled Again? What now?  Before the visit we are warming up with a full day of film.


13:00-15:00 Privilege / Yvonne Rainer (1990) 105 min.
Yvonne Rainer’s sixth feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and class.

15:00-15:30 FIKA

15:30-16:00 Yvonne Rainer reading a letter she sent to Lucinda Childs in July 1968 (2014) 05.36 min.
Yvonne Rainer reading the letter she wrote to Lucinda Childs soon after Childs’ last performance at Judson Memorial Church, which included “Untitled Trio,” and before her hiatus from choreography. Video recording made by Jorge Cousineau at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, March 5, 2014. (Copyright 2014 The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.)

16:00-16:30 Salomania / Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenze (2009) 16.40 min.
Salomania reconstructs a dance: the ‘dance of the seven veils,’ from Alla Nazimova’s 1923 silent film Salomé. Also shown and rehearsed are sections from ‘Valda’s Solo,’ which the choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer created after having seen Nazimova’s film. The installation takes up Salome as a transgender figure and the motif of a queer appropriation of the exotic. The performers are Wu Ingrid Tsang and Yvonne Rainer.

16:30-17:00 SOUP

17:00-18:30 Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer / Jack Walsh (2015) 82 min.
The only documentary to focus solely on the life and career of Yvonne Rainer, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer tells the captivating story of one of America’s most important artists. In 1962, as a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, Rainer revolutionized modern dance by introducing everyday movements like walking and running into the dance lexicon. Abandoning choreography in the ‘70s, Rainer introduced narrative techniques into American avant-garde film, turning that genre on its head, too. In Feelings Are Facts, we follow Rainer, now returned to choreography, as she continues to create vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that invite audiences to question basic assumptions about art and performance.

18:30-19:00 FIKA

19:00-20:30 Lives of Performers / Yvonne Rainer (1972) 90 min
A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, “Lives of Performers” examines the dilemma of a man who can’t choose between two women and makes them both suffer. Originally part of a dance performance choreographed by Rainer.

Photo: From Privilege by Yvonne Rainer