“The function of art is to shake us out of our complacency and comfort” – Yvonne Rainer
Wednesday 16 March, 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam
FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER
Jack Walsh | US | 2015 | 86 min
In the early 1960s, Yvonne Rainer and a group of maverick dancers influenced by choreographer Merce Cunningham and musician John Cage founded the Judson Dance Theater. The group revolutionized dance by introducing everyday movements like walking and running, performing in street clothes and screaming and yelling into the dance lexicon.
Not content in dance alone Rainer turned her attention to filmmaking in the early ‘70s, applying to the new medium the same revolutionary impetus that was to be found in her body work and creating a number of ground-breaking experimental films confronting issues of political power, women’s objectification, lesbian sexuality or her own struggle with breast cancer.
Rainer’s boundary-crossing art has been labeled in many ways: feminist, conceptual, post-modern, political. Today, at 80, Rainer continues performing, creating vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that mix artistic disciplines.
Making abundant use of film excerpts, archive footage and reinterpretations of Rainer’s choreographies, director Jack Walsh tells the riveting story of one of America’s most important choreographers and experimental filmmakers. FEELINGS ARE FACTS examines the contradictions and creativity of this remarkable provocateur and raises the question: what does it mean to be an avant-garde artist today?
“A compelling portrait of a truly original artist, as vital as ever in her senior years.” – The San Francisco Chronicle
“With DIY performances having become ubiquitous in popular culture, this documentary serves as essential viewing for not only dance aficionados, but for those seeking an illuminating example of how postmodern artists were instrumental in “opening up the palace gates of high art”. – The Straight
“An artist long comfortable with the written and spoken word, Rainer comes across here as a flinty, inspiring and indefatigably questing practitioner, keen to explore her chosen fields to their maximum potential.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“An absorbing documentary that’s filled with Rainer’s reflections on her life and art.” – Star Journal
Cracking the Frame
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