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Yvonne Rainer Performative Exhibition


October 11−October 15, 2017

© Estate of Warner Jepson

Kyoto Experiment Partner Program

The choreographer and dancer Yvonne Rainer is one of the most important figures in postmodern dance and a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater collective in New York that greatly influenced contemporary dance. This performative exhibition of Rainer’s work comprises various materials, video, an original stage, reconstructed performances and workshops, and lectures. The program forms an attempt to present a continuous dance exhibition and performance using a theater space as an art museum. Postmodern dance pioneer Rainer will breathe new life into Shunjuza, a festive space alive with the history of Japanese traditional theater.
Dates: October 11 (Wed) – October 15 (Sun) 12:00–18:00
Venue: Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza (2-116 Uryuyama Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto >>Access)
Yvonne Rainer materials from the Getty Center Collection
Photographic documentation, scores, performance posters and Rainer’s choreography notes for Trio A and Chair/Pillow
Materials and documentation of 2010 revival of Grand Union Dreams (1971)
Publications related to postmodern dance
Reconstruction of original stage for The Mind is a Muscle
Events During the Exhibition
Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A + Chair/Pillow
October 12 (Thu), October 14 (Sat),  16:30–17:00

Two of Rainer’s major works from the 1960s, Trio A (1966) and Chair/Pillow (1969), will be performed by dancers from Kansai following a workshop and coaching by Emmanuèle Phuon, who has worked with Rainer since the 2010s. On October 11th, a workshop will also take place in the exhibition space.

Film Screenings
October 13 (Fri)  Schedule TBA

Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer (2015 / 86 min. / USA / Japanese subtitles / director: Jack Walsh / subtitles by Athénée Français Cultural Center)
With Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Simone Forti, Lucinda Childs, Carolee Schneemann, and more
A documentary about Yvonne Rainer, first shown in Japan by the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Performing Arts in March 2017.

Five Easy Pieces (1969 / 48 min. / USA / B&W / silent / director: Yvonne Rainer)
- Hand Movie (1966 / 5 min. / B&W / silent / 8mm)
- Volleyball (Foot Film) (1967 / 10 min. / B&W / silent / 16mm)
- Rhode Island Red (1968 / 10 min. / B&W / silent / 16mm)
- Trio Film (1968 / 13 min. / B&W / silent / 16mm)
- Line (1969 / 10 min. / B&W / silent / 16mm)
Screenings of 5 short films from Rainer’s early period between 1966 and 1969, which were also shown as part of The Mind is a Muscle.

After Many a Summer Dies the Swan: Hybrid (2002 / 31 min. / USA / choreographer: Yvonne Rainer)
A film of a dance choreographed by Rainer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project along with texts by Oscar Kokoschka, Adolf Loos, Arnold Schoenberg, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

October 15 (Sun) 15:00-18:00

Kikuko Toyama (dance scholar, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Saitama University)
Yuma Ochi (Visiting Researcher, Waseda University Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum)
Kenjin Miwa (Senior Researcher, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Nanako Nakajima (dance researcher, dance dramaturge)
In 1966, Yvonne Rainer first presented Trio A within the performance of The Mind is a Muscle. During the final “lecture” section of the work, Rainer danced the choreography of Trio A in tap shoes while a wooden grid descended to the stage from the ceiling. Based on the Trio A “lecture,” this event explores the nature of a dance lecture today on the theme of aging and serves as the closing part of the performative exhibition at the Shunjuza.

Related Event
Screening of Privilege (1990 / 103 min. / USA / Japanese subtitles / director: Yvonne Rainer)
Date: October 12 (Thu) 18:30-
Venue: Kambaikan (Hardy Hall), Doshisha University

Screening alongside the exhibition is this film by Yvonne Rainer about the menopause, sexual identity, race, and class inequality.
Tickets: ¥1,000 (no reservation required)
Presented by Doshisha University Imadegawa Campus Student Support Department
Film courtesy of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Organized by Nanako Nakajima (Research Director, Kyoto University of Art and Design & Interdisciplinary Research Center for Performing Art Joint Research Project 2017)