Yvonne Rainer, The Concept of Dust Continuous Project-Altered Annually, 2017. Photo © Anna Fàbrega. Courtesy Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Performers, clockwise: Emily Coates, David Thomson, Patricia Catterson, Yvonne Rainer, Emmanuele Phuon, Keith Sabado.

Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, Photo © LA Times

Since 2007, when Performa commissioned and presented Yvonne Rainer’s  RoS Indexical, Yvonne Rainer has been managed by Performa.  For further information regarding tours, exhibitions, conversations, please call Esa Nickle, Producing Director at 212 366 5700.

"As dancer and choreographer, Yvonne Rainer famously took the pedestrian and made it revolutionary" 
Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, 2015


Current work:

The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project-Altered Annually

Co-commissioned by Performa and the Getty

Past performances:
Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal (2017)
MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2017)
ADI at The Kitchen, New York, NY (2016)
MoMA, New York, NY (2015)
Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy (2015)
The Louvre, Paris, France (2015)
Marseille Objectif Danse, Marsille, France (2015)

The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project – Altered Annually is an ongoing work-in-progress that interweaves formal dance with diverse texts dealing with aging, mortality, personal histories, and material quoted from a variety of sources, e.g., ancient Mideast dynasties (Metropolitan Museum), paleontological findings (New York Times), and literature. These are intermittently read aloud by Rainer and the dancers. The power of language as a trajectory that runs parallel to the music (Gavin Bryars, Giovanni Paisiello) continues to be an important coordinate in Rainer's work. All three elements – movement, music, and texts – occasionally merge to produce a somewhat melancholic ambiance. The performers in "Dust" have been given the freedom to initiate and/or abort the movement phrases as they wish, making spontaneous decisions and exercising options throughout the 50-minute duration of the piece. The result is a structure that is seemingly random with unpredictable moments of unison, humor, and startling convergences

Quoted texts (in indeterminate order): Barack Obama, Maureen McLane, Harold Brodkey, Jean Luc Godard, Fredric Jameson, Alex Ross, Louise Bourgeois, Yvonne Rainer, D.H. Lawrence, wall inscriptions in the Islamic Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel Zalewski, Christa Wolf, Amiri Baracka, Donald Trump, et al.

Revision: A Truncated History of the Universe for Dummies. A Rant Dance by Yvonne Rainer
“Apollo, the God of the Sun, comes down to earth to try to improve things here, only to get into trouble.”

Past performances:
Performa 17 Biennial, New York, NY (2017, Premiere)
Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal (2017)
MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2017)

These works and other performances by Yvonne Rainer are available for touring. Call +1 212 366 5700 for more information.

Yvonne Rainer made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/dancer (1960-1975). After making seven experimental feature films  — Lives of Performers (1972) and MURDER and murder (1996), among others — she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (After Many a Summer Dies the Swan). Since then she has made six dances, including AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M. and Assisted Living: Do you have any money? Retrospective exhibitions of her work have been presented at Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012), the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, and Raven Row, London (2014). Her seminal work Trio A, 1965, is still performed by both dancers and non-dancers in theatre and museum settings. A memoir — Feelings Are Facts: a Life — was published by MIT Press in 2006. Read more about RoS Indexical here.

A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited. Click here to purchase.

"The piece contains many kinds of history but also brushes them aside. Its mood is mint-fresh, diverse, curious and remarkably innocent."
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, on The Concept of Dust. Read full article here