Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer: RoS Indexical and Spiraling Down

"An avant-garde giant." The New York Times

"Rainer not only destabilizes the notion of The Rite of Spring as an iconic achievement in dance history, she allows us to see that a work may live on in greatly altered form" The Hudson Review

West Coast premieres
The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

Co-presented with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute.

The avant-garde dance and film pioneer stages a radical re-vision of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant and controversial Nijinsky-Stravinsky ballet that scandalized Paris audiences in 1913 with its "primitive" movement and dissonant score. Rainer choreographs RoS Indexical for only a quartet of female dancers and sets it to the soundtrack of Riot at the Rite, the BBC reenactment of the raucous, chaotic opening night of the modernist landmark. The second half of the program is a commission entitled Spiraling Down. This new work draws inspiration from a variety of sources--newspaper photos, soccer moves, old movies, classic modern dance, ballet, Steve Martin, 19th-century actress Sarah Bernhardt, even Rainer's own disinterred dances from the 1960s. These materials and others, including spoken texts, come together to create an eerie resonance that is both melancholic and unpredictable.

In conjunction with these performances, REDCAT and The Getty Research Institute host conversations with the artists.

Thursday, June 25
Post-performance conversation moderated by Roger Copeland
Dancers Emily Coates, Pat Catterson, Patricia Hoffbauer, and Sally Silvers return to the stage for a moderated conversation with dance and theater scholar Roger Copeland. With Copeland they discuss the collaborative process of creating Rainer's works, and the experience of performing them, from the dancers' perspectives.

Saturday, June 27, 6:00 PM
Robert Storr in conversation with Yvonne Rainer
Prior to the Saturday evening performance, artist and critic Robert Storr holds a public conversation with Yvonne Rainer. Focusing on Rainer's enormous impact on postwar art, the conversation explores her engagement with multiple avant-garde art practices and their political and aesthetic possibilities. Free, for reservations call 213-237-2800.

Spiraling Down was commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and World Performance Project at Yale.

RoS Indexical is a PERFORMA Commission for PERFORMA 07 and Documenta.

Associated Images: 

THUR 6/25
8:30 pm
FRI 6/26
8:30 pm
SAT 6/27
8:30 pm
SUN 6/28
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff