Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works 

11. Jul - 10. Aug 14 / ended Raven Row

Exhibition | Performance | London


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Yvonne Rainer  'Stairs' from The Mind Is a Muscle, 1968 - Photo by Peter Moore Courtesy Barbara Moore / VAGA, NY

Yvonne Rainer 'Stairs' from The Mind Is a Muscle, 1968 - Photo by Peter Moore Courtesy Barbara Moore / VAGA, NY



Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works

Curated by Catherine Wood

Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer Yvonne Rainer (born 1934, lives in New York) is widely acknowledged as having played a key role in revolutionising post-war dance, inspiring generations of performers. In the sixties and early seventies, initially as part of the Judson Theater in New York (alongside Simone Forti, Steve Paxton and Trisha Brown), Rainer made dance works that were concerned with social and political form. Her choreography incorporated 'ordinary' movement and ‘neutral’ performance, rethinking the performer-audience relationship.

This exhibition is the first to present live performances of Rainer’s dance works alongside other aspects of her practice: theoretical and lyrical writing, sketches and scores, photographs of performances, documentary and experimental films, and an audio recording of one of her early performative lectures. Together these convey a vivid picture of Rainer's production from 1961 to 1972, and its proximity to the visual arts of the time, notably to minimalist sculpture.
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