Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer Yvonne Rainer (born 1934, lives in New York) is widely acknowledged as having played a key role in revolutionising post-war dance, inspiring generations of performers. In the sixties and early seventies, initially as part of the Judson Theater in New York (alongside Simone Forti, Steve Paxton and Trisha Brown), Rainer made dance works that were concerned with social and political form. Her choreography incorporated 'ordinary' movement and ‘neutral’ performance, rethinking the performer-audience relationship.
This exhibition is the first to present live performances of Rainer’s dance works alongside other aspects of her practice: theoretical and lyrical writing, sketches and scores, photographs of performances, documentary and experimental films, and an audio recording of one of her early performative lectures. Together these convey a vivid picture of Rainer's production from 1961 to 1972, and its proximity to the visual arts of the time, notably to minimalist sculpture.
A highlight of the exhibition is a 45-minute dance programme performed four times daily. Dancers trained for the occasion by Rainer and her long-time collaborator Pat Catterson will perform her celebrated works Trio A (1966) and Chair Pillow (1969), as well as the UK premieres of the very rarely seen Talking Solo and Diagonal (both 1963).
The exhibition is curated by Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern, and made possible through the generous co-operation of the Getty Research Institute. The live performances are organised with Martin Hargreaves, Programme Leader at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
During opening hours there will be performances repeated at 11.45am, 1.15pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. No booking is necessary.
Dancers: Megan Armishaw, Antigone Avdi, Irina Baldini, Povilas Bastys, Emilia Gasiorek,
Samuel Kennedy, Morrighan MacGillivray, Alice MacKenzie, Amanda Prince-Lubawy,
Rebecca Stancliffe, Rosalie Wahlfrid, Emelie Wangstedt, Sara Wookey.
Friday 11 July, 7pm
To mark the opening of her show at Raven Row, Yvonne Rainer was in conversation with Catherine Wood, curator of Contemporary Art & Performance at Tate Modern and Martin Hargreaves, Programme Leader, MA The Body in Performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
The talk was recorded and will be available online in due course.
Talking Solo, originally part of Terrain, 1963
Dancers in training with Pat Catterson and Yvonne Rainer, July 2014
Foreground: Sam Kennedy; Background: Morrighan MacGillivray
Photo: Eva Herzog