ALL THE WRITE MOVES
Choreographer Yvonne Rainer takes the stage in three new books
Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s (October Books)
by Carrie Lambert-Beatty
$34.95 List Price
In 1973, writing in the introduction to her indispensable compendium, Work 1961–73, Yvonne Rainer admits, “I find myself greedy. . . . So here I am, in a sense, trying to ‘replace’ my performances with a book, greedily pushing language to clarify what already was clear in other terms.” In her ambitious drive to dissect the historical conventions of performance over the past four-plus decades, Rainer has utilized a remarkable variety of media. And while dance and film have been her primary concerns, the written word has played a pivotal role, not simply as a means of clarification but as yet another tool in her concentrated practice of redefining performative interactions with the audience.
But just what was clear in those other terms Rainer refers to in the quote above? This question has been taken up by critics,
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