Activities Music and live arts

Yvonne Rainer

Lecture-performance

19 to 20 Dec. 2017

Yvonne Rainer, The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project-Altered Annually, 2016. Photo © Paula Court.

Yvonne Rainer, The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project-Altered Annually, 2016. Photo © Paula Court.

In conjunction with the exhibition of the New York artist Rosemarie Castoro at MACBA, Rosemarie Castoro. Focus at Infinity, centred on the first years of her career (1964–79), the Museum presents a dance programme with Yvonne Rainer, one of the key figures in the postmodern dance movement. Castoro participated in Minimalist art circles, which included dancers and choreographers such as Yvonne Rainer, Twyla Tharp, Lucinda Childs and Joan Jonas. In the specific case of Rainer, Castoro performed in her work Carriage Discreteness, with Minimalist props designed by Carl Andre and presented as part of Nine Evenings: Theater and Engineering in 1966. The recording of this dance piece is included in the exhibition.

In this combined programme, Rainer presents two of her most recent works: the solo lecture-performance ‘What’s so funny? Laugher and Anger in the Time of the Assassins’ and her latest choreography, The Concept of Dust. Rainer remains a leading figure in contemporary dance. In 1962, she was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater. Inspired by John Cage's notions of indeterminacy, she created her performances according to a series of generic tasks that integrated everyday gestures into a dance vocabulary. In 1966, she premiered Trio A, the first section of her work The Mind is a Muscle. While from the mid-sixties she was already incorporating projected images into her performances, in 1972 Rainer wrote and directed her first medium-length film, Lives of Performers. From 1975, she dedicated herself mainly to medium-length and feature films in which she reinvented narrative conventions. Between 2000 and 2006 she returned to choreography with the creation of two new works: After Many a Summer Dies the Swan (2000), a group performance commissioned by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, and AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M. (2006).

LECTURE-PERFORMANCE BY YVONNE RAINER
Tuesday 19 December, 7 pm
Venue: MACBA Auditorium
Revision: A Truncated History of the Universe for Dummies. A Rant Dance by Yvonne Rainer

DANCE
Wednesday 20 December, 8 pm
Venue: Mercat de les Flors
The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project – Altered Annually is an ongoing work-in-progress that interweaves formal dance with diverse texts dealing with ageing, mortality, personal histories and material quoted from a variety of sources, e.g., ancient Middle Eastern 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, humour and startling convergences.

Choreography: Yvonne Rainer, with a little help from Honi Coles, Jane Dudley (via Sheron Wray), Isadora Duncan (via Carl Van Vechten), Fritz Lang, Michael Douglas Peters (via Michael Jackson), Nina Stroganova, Jacques Tati, Les Twins, et al, and, of course, with much help from the Raindears.
Choreographic Assistant: Pat Catterson
Performers: Pat Catterson, Emily Coates, Patricia Hoffbauer, Emmanuèlle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, Keith Sabado, David Thomson.
Music: Edvard Grieg: Arietta and Gavin Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic
Lighting Designer: Les Dickert
Costume: Juanita Cardenas
Sound Mix: Quentin Chiappetta

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.

This programme has been co-commissioned by Performa, New York.

Thanks to RoseLee Goldberg, Esa Nickle and Sasha Okshteyn of Performa, and USA Fellowships for their support.

Programme

LECTURE-PERFORMANCE BY YVONNE RAINER
Tuesday 19 December, 7 pm
Venue: MACBA Auditorium
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DANCE
Wednesday 20 December, 8 pm
Venue: Mercat de les Flors
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