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March 7, 2012: Yvonne Rainer

Posted on February 12, 2012 by School of Art

Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer is an experimental dancer, choreographer, and filmaker. Rainer’s dance choreography from the 1960s sought to question the nature of how dance is perceived. Her work blurs the line between traditional dance and everyday movements. Furthermore, Rainer excluded any form of narrative or persona from her practice choosing to maintain an objective presence. By removing the drama from dance, Rainer questioned the role of entertainment in the medium. Feminist themes are also prevalent in Rainer’s dance and filmmaking.

Beginning in the 1970s, Rainer focused her attention on filmmaking. Avoiding conventional filmmaking structures, Rainer addressed social and political topics. Rainer’s directorial oeuvre includes Lives of Performers (1972), Film about a Woman Who (1974), Kristina Talking Pictures (1976), The Man Who Envied Women (1985), Privilege (1990), and MURDER and murder (1996). Rainer has received numerous awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships, three Rockefeller Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and the Wexner Prize. Additionally, Rainer holds four Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees and has authored four books.


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