WARM:UP – Engaging with Rainer

SEPTEMBER 30  From 1 -8.30 pm

A full day of films as warm up before Yvonne Rainers visit to Weld. The program includes the films Privilige (1990) and Lives of Performers (1972) by Rainer, the exclusive documentary Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer (2015) by Jack Walsh, beginning in the Beat Era in San Francisco in the 1950s, through the NY avant-garde Art World of the 1960’s, to the politically charged feminist art movements of the 1970’s and 80’s and Queer aesthetics in the present. From the early choreographies to filmmaking and back.

13:00-15:00 YVONNE RAINER, PRIVILEGE (1990) 103 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. (Zeitgeist films)

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.)

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 Salomé 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 Jack Walsh, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer (2015), 82:00 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 82 and 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 YVONNE RAINER, LIVES OF PERFORMERS (1972), 90:00 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. (Zeitgeist films)


The program is created by Anna Koch in collaboration with Malin Arnell and with kind contributions from Jack Walsh Zeitgeist films and Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.