Bill Chats: Yvonne Rainer
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Bill Chats: Yvonne Rainer
*Live Stream on New York Live Arts YoutTube.
The return of unique and celebrated program Bill Chats featuring decorated and historic dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer, Yvonne Rainer in conversation with Live Arts Artistic Director Bill T. Jones. What began as a request from Bill T. Jones to Yvonne Rainer about using her famed “No Manifesto” in Jones’s latest work Deep Blue Sea has evolved into a rich email exchange about making work, context, history, and more. Their conversation continues via live stream as part of the Bill Chats series, offering an opportunity to immerse in the ideas that drive these two artists. Moderated by Patricia Hoffbauer.
Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer (American, b. 1934) is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. Her work has been foundational 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 (often held at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City) 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.
Over time, Rainer’s works became increasingly personal and political, and by the early 1970s she had begun to focus on producing experimental feature films. Over the next 25 years, Rainer produced an extraordinary series of films that engaged with the most advanced theoretical thinking of the time while also grappling with issues of power, privilege, and inequality. In 2000, Rainer returned to choreography and has continued to produce provocative and surprising new works to the present day.
Patricia Hoffbauer is a NY dance artist originally from Brazil who has collaborated with many artists Her work has been produced, commissioned and presented by Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, PS 122, The Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris and Gibney Dance Center, to mention a few. She curated one of the evenings of Judson at 50 presented by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church. Her piece Para-Dice was commissioned and presented by Danspace Project in 2010/2013. Her work Dances for Small Spaces and Friendly People, awarded Gibney Dance’s Dance in Progress (DIP) grant, was also commissioned and presented at Gibney Dance. Her latest work in progress, Getting Away With Murder, had its first public performance at Gibney Dance Center, and was presented by La MaMa at the Ellen Stewart Theater in 2017. Hoffbauer is an Assistant Professor at the Collaborative Arts Department at NYU’s Tisch and taught at Hunter College’s Dance Department and Princeton University’s Lewis Art Center, among other schools. Hoffbauer’s writings have appeared in The New Museum book New Vision, Movement Research Performance Journal, PAJ, Writings on Dance, and contributed a chapter to the Pew Foundation book Body as Archive.
Bill Chats is supported in part by Partners for New Performance