Yvonne Rainer discusses her work in the galleries of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, for the exhibition Yvonne Rainer—Raum, Körper, Sprache. Watch the video
Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer (American, b. 1934) is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. Her work has been foundational across multiple disciplines and movements: dance, cinema, feminism, minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism.
Rainer first came to prominence as a leading figure in the Judson Dance Theater movement, a loose collection of dancers and artists whose performances (often held at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City) crossed fluidly between the fields of dance and visual art, creating a striking and intellectualized form of performance that denied the theatricality and emotionalism of modern dance in favor of movements that seemed casual, spare, and cool.
Over time, Rainer's works became increasingly personal and political, and by the early 1970s she had begun to focus on producing experimental feature films. Over the next 25 years, Rainer produced an extraordinary series of films that engaged with the most advanced theoretical thinking of the time while also grappling with issues of power, privilege, and inequality. In 2000, Rainer returned to choreography and has continued to produce provocative and surprising new works to the present day.
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The choreographer, dancer, writer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer was born in San Francisco in 1934 and moved to New York in the 1950s, where she helped cofound the Judson Dance Theater in 1962. More
The legendary American dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer speaks about her work and the BFI Gallery's The Yvonne Rainer Project. Watch the video
October 17, 2011
October 17, 2011
Yvonne Rainer interviewed at the Artforum offices on October 17, 2011, which is part of artforum.com's ongoing commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Judson. Watch the video