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Yvonne Rainer (b. 1934)



Films by Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer - Hand Movie (1966)
Five Easy Pieces (1966-69)
Lives of Performers (1972)
Film About A Woman Who... (1974)
Journeys from Berlin/1971 (1980)
Privilege (1990)

About Yvonne Rainer

Screening Room (1977) [interview, conversation]

Writings by and about Yvonne Rainer

Screenplay for "Film About A Woman Who..." October, Vol. 2 (Summer 1976) [PDF, 3mb)
Screenplay for "Journeys from Berlin/1971" October, Vol. 9 (Summer 1979) [PDF, 1mb)
A Letter from Yvonne Rainer October, Vol. 10 (Autumn 1979) [PDF, 2mb)
Carrie Lambert - "Moving Still: Mediating Yvonne Rainer's 'Trio A'" October, Vol. 89 (Summer 1999) [PDF, 1mb)


Related Resources:

Yvonne Rainer in UbuWeb Sound
Yvonne Rainer in UbuWeb Historical
Yvonne Rainer - Screenplay for "Film About A Woman Who..." October, Vol. 2 (Summer 1976) [PDF, 3mb)
Yvonne Rainer - Screenplay for "Journeys from Berlin/1971" October, Vol. 9 (Summer 1979) [PDF, 1mb)
Yvonne Rainer - A Letter from Yvonne Rainer October, Vol. 10 (Autumn 1979) [PDF, 2mb)
Carrie Lambert - "Moving Still: Mediating Yvonne Rainer's 'Trio A'" October, Vol. 89 (Summer 1999) [PDF, 1mb)


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.