Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, 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), “Privilege” (1990), “MURDER and murder” (1996), among others – she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation for the White Oak Dance Project. Her dances since then include “AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M.”, “RoS Indexical”, a Performa07 commission, “Spiraling Down”, “Assisted Living: Good Sports 2”, and “Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money”. Her dances and films have been shown world wide. A memoir — “Feelings Are Facts: a Life” — was published by MIT Press in 2006. Rainer has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Rockefeller grants, a Wexner Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited.