Yvonne Rainer, RoS Indexical (rehearsal), 2007. Pat Catterson, Emily Coates, Patricia Hoffbauer, and Sally Silvers. Photo by Paula Court.
Yvonne Rainer looks to the controversial premiere of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, which shocked Paris audiences in 1913 with a ???primitive??? movement vocabulary and dissonant musical score, as the springboard for a radical work of her own. Rainer reenvisions this production??™s choreographic breakthrough with RoS Indexical, an evening-length work that highlights both Rainer??™s persistent innovation and her profound understanding of the motifs of this historic work, one hundred years later. A PERFORMA Commission co-commissioned by Documenta, Rainer??™s work premieres at Documenta in Kassel, Germany in August 2007 and in New York during PERFORMA07. A famed choreographer and director of seven feature-length films, Rainer??™s influence in the international world of dance and film since her groundbreaking presence in the Judson Dance Theater of the 1960s is unparalleled.
A single hand isolated against a gray background enacts a sensuous dance.
About the Artist
Yvonne Rainer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer, was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962) and the improvisational group Grand Union (1970-76). Some of her major choreographic works are The Mind is a Muscle (1968), Continuous Project-Altered Daily (1970), and After Many a Summer Dies the Swan (2000, commissioned by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation for the White Oak Dance Project). Beginning with Lives of Performers (1972), she produced and directed seven feature-length films, including Privilege (1990, winner of the Filmmakers??™ Trophy at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah and the Geyer Werke Prize at the 1991 International Documentary Film Festival, Munich) and MURDER and murder (1996, winner of the Teddy Award at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival and a ???Special Jury Award??? at the 1999 Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival). Rainer has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, three Rockefeller Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, a Wexner Prize, and four Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees. She has authored four books: Yvonne Rainer: Work 1961-73; The Films of Yvonne Rainer; A Woman Who??¦: Essays, Interviews, Scripts; and, most recently, a memoir, Feelings Are Facts: a Life. Rainer is currently teaching at the University of California, Irvine, as a Distinguished Professor of Studio Art.
A PERFORMA Commission with Documenta
Produced by PERFORMA in cooperation with Documenta
RoS Indexical was created, in part, during a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center which was made possible by a gift from James Duffy in memory of Martha Duffy.
The PERFORMA Commissions program originates new performances by inviting artists??”many of whom have not worked ???live??™ before??”to create work especially for the PERFORMA biennial. Selected by PERFORMA Director RoseLee Goldberg, commissioned artists work closely with the PERFORMA production team from conceptualization to presentation, including international tours following the biennial.
Yvonne Rainer, Making History: Developing New Work
as part of PSI #13 A PERFORMA Commission