"The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?" at MoMA, New York, 2015. Performers, left to right: Emmanuele Phuon, Patricia Hoffbauer, David Thomson and Yvonne Rainer. Photograph by Julieta Cervantes © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Yvonne Rainer

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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:
The Kitchen presented by ADI in June 2016; MoMA in June 2015, and in July 2015 in Como, Italy. The piece toured to France at The Louvre and Marseille Objectif Danse, in October 2015.

This work 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.

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Yvonne Rainer, The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? 2015. Photo © MoMA, N.Y.

"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