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fig.: 'Trio A' by Yvonne Rainer, 1973. The Portland Center for Visual Arts. Black and white photograph 14,8 x 10,5 cm. Photo: Photographer unknown; (C) The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2006.M.24).

Experiencing the body through media

On occasion of the exhibition of the work of multi-disciplinary (dance, theory, film, poetry...) US artist Yvonne Rainer under the title 'Space, Body, Language' (photos, films, notebooks, dance scores, scripts...) from 4 February to 9 April 2012 at the KUB (Kunsthaus Bregenz) in Austria, the performances 'Spiraling Down' and 'Assisted Living: Good Sports 2' will be staged on 1 February at the Vorarlberger Landestheater in Bregenz.

'Spiraling Down' (2008) is inspired by sport and media - especially football players (Pelé) and their moves, internet technologies and old movies (Fred Astaire). 'Assisted Living: Good Sports 2' (2011) follows a similar principle: the moves of the dancers are derived from photographs from the sports section of the 'New York Times'.

"The scaling of the work to the human body, deliberate repetition, and the avoidance of strategies of overwhelmment are already conspicuous in one of her early works now considered a milestone of postmodern dance: Trio A (1966)."

The exhibition 'Space, Body, Language' travels to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne (DE, 28 April - 29 July 2012).

fig.: Yvonne Rainer, Sally Silvers, Emmanuèlle Phuon, Joel Reynolds, Pat Catterson, Keith Sabado, Emily Coates, Patricia Hoffbauer at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC performing Yvonne Rainer's choreography 'Assisted Living: Good Sports 2' (2011). Photo: Courtesy Performa; (C) Paula Court.

Yvonne Rainer incorporates spoken text into her performances. On the photo below, you can see the artist speaking into a microphone while she stands on stage where the dancers - one of them is older than 60 years, perform.

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