Yvonne Rainer’s criticism of the conventions of watching in her films are based on her work as a dancer and choreographer. Trio A is one of Rainer’s best-known dance performances; a dance that negates any glamour and prevents the dancer from looking towards the audience. The piece was originally performed by the three dancers William Davis, David Gordon and Steve Paxton, but was interpreted by Rainer herself in 1966.
Born in San Francisco in 1934, the film-maker studied modern dance in New York. She started choreographing her own work in 1960, later founding the Judson Dance Theater, a collective that was to redefine modern dance. In the 1970s, she started making films and has won numerous prizes and scholarships, including Guggenheim und Rockefeller scholarships.
Films by Yvonne Rainer
Lives of Performers 1972 | The Man Who Envied Women 1985 | Privilege 1990 | Murder 1996