[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] PDP Presents YVONNE RAINER OCT. 15-19

Terry Fox info at philadanceprojects.org
Mon Sep 12 11:17:27 EDT 2016


*PHILADELPHIA DANCE PROJECTS PRESENTS*


*CONSIDERING CHOREOGRAPHER YVONNE RAINER * *October 15-19, *3 events
spotlighting the career and influence of postmodernist choreography of
Yvonne Rainer.



*Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16  *

It all begins with a two-day workshop led by *Pat Catterson* on Rainer’s
seminal work* Trio A*.  The workshop examines *Trio A*’s philosophical,
physical and historical relevance.  Participants will learn part of the
dance, create their own compositions and engage in a discussion of its
ideas, contexts and their experiences. *Trio A workshop: *1-5PM at the
Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine Street).  RESV:
info at philadanceprojects.org


*“Fifty years later there is still much to be learned from Yvonne Rainer’s
1966 influential work Trio A,”* said Pat Catterson, Rainer’s long-time
rehearsal assistant*.  “Trio A’s form, vocabulary, and performing stance
challenged traditional choreographical methods and modes of presentation.
This workshop provides an introduction to an aesthetic that has served as a
springboard for succeeding generations of dance makers.”*



*Wednesday, October 19* *at 6PM*

features the Philadelphia premiere of the documentary film

*Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer*

by former Philadelphia filmmaker *Jack Walsh*, with a post-screening
discussion with both Walsh and Rainer.


Following the film, *at 8PM*, *Yvonne Rainer* will present a lecture,

*What’s So Funny? Laughter and Anger in the Time of the Assassins*,” an
amalgam of jokes and rants around the current emotional and political
dilemmas of the artist and concerned citizen.


Both events will be at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 North American
Street).


*MORE INFO:* www.philadanceprojects.org or info at philadanceprojects.org

*TICKETS:* Danceboxoffice.com


*ABOUT THE ARTISTS:*

*Dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer* is one of the most
influential artistic figures of the last 50 years.  Her challenging and
experimental work has had a profound impact across multiple disciplines and
movements – dance, cinema, feminism, minimalism, conceptual art, and
postmodernism.  Rainer first came to prominence as a leading figure in the
Judson Dance Theater movement, a loose collection of dancers and artists
whose performances crossed fluidly between the fields of dance and visual
art, creating a striking and intellectualized form of performance that
denied the theatricality and emotionalism of modern dance in favor of
movements that seemed casual, spare and cool.  Her choreography is
characterized by a combination of classical dance steps contrasted with
everyday, ordinary, pedestrian movement, a strategy formulated to demystify
dance and break away from historical clichés.

In the early 1970s, Rainer began to focus on producing experimental feature
films.  Over the next 25 years she produced an extraordinary series film
films that grappled with such as power, privilege and inequality.  Masterpieces
of both feminist art and postmodernism, Rainer’s films freely blend
fictional, autobiographical and documentary narratives into works that are
theoretically advanced and intensely political.  In 2000, Rainer returned
to choreography and created new works for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Baryshnikov
Dance Foundation and the White Oak Dance Project, and a reinterpretation of
*Agon* by George Balanchine.  She continues to produce provocative and
surprising new works to the present day.

In 1990 Rainer was awarded a MacArthur Fellows Program Award for her
contributions to dance.  In 2015 she received the Foundation for
Contemporary Arts’s Merce Cunningham Award.  She taught in the Whitney
Independent Program from 1974 onward, and since 2005 has been professor
emeritus at the University of California, Irvine.


*Pat Catterson* first worked with Rainer and performed *Trio A* in 1969,
first taught the dance in 1971, and has assisted and danced for Rainer
since her return to choreography in 1999, touring nationally and
internationally. She has taught and performed *Trio A *countless times
since and has found that learning it is the best way to understand the
aesthetic shift it represented.  Most recently she set early Rainer works
for Stephen Petronio Company’s Bloodlines Project and for the exhibit *Yvonne
Rainer: Dance Works* at Raven Row Gallery in London and performed these and
other works herself in Boris Charmatz’ *Twenty dancers for the XX Century *at
the Tate Modern. Catterson is also a notable choreographer in her own
right, having made 108 works. She has received numerous grants and
commissions, including a 2011 Award from the John Simon Guggenheim
Foundation, and multiple Choreography Fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the CAPS Grants and the Harkness Foundation, as
well as a Fulbright Commission.  A dedicated educator, she has been on the
faculties at Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, the Juilliard School, and the
Merce Cunningham Studio.


*Jack Walsh* films incite, probe, challenge and inform viewers on topics
ranging from cultural icons to social justice to sexual identity. Working
in both the experimental 4lm and documentary 4lm genres, over the course of
his career Jack directed nine films, received worldwide screenings at film
festivals as well as national broadcasts on public and cable television.  Among
Walsh’s distinctions are the Documentary Jury Prize, Athens International
Film and Video Festival, a National Emmy Award nomination; two Northern
California Emmy Awards; three Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco
International Film Festival; a Grand Prize, two Director’s Citations, and a
Juror’s Citation at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival.  Walsh has
taught at The City College of New York, California College of the Arts, San
Francisco State University, and University of California, San Diego. He
holds a B.A. from Temple University and an M.A. from San Francisco State
University. *Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer*, his most
recent film and his documentary directorial debut, premiered in the
Documentary Panorama at the Berlin International Film Festival in February,
2015.



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