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Yvonne Rainer: Two Works

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Renowned choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer presents her newly commissioned work-in-progress, The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? and Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money? (2013), two performances that touch on themes of aging, death, play, and the current socioeconomic situation in America.

Commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Performa, The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (2014), is an in-progress work. Personal themes of aging, mortality, and humor are interwoven with various texts intermittently read by Rainer and the dancers, dealing with ancient Mideast dynasties, paleontological findings, and literary quotations. The work has also been supported by an artistic residency at the Gibney Dance Center in New York.

In Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money? Rainer juxtaposes Laurel and Hardy, Keynesian economics, and vaudeville. Introduced by Rainer as a carnival barker, the performance revolves around the current American socioeconomic situation, meditations on aging, and movement sequences from an early piece of choreography, At My Body's House (1963). Dancers recite a variety of texts, including jokes, newspaper stories, and film monologues, while performing complicated combinations of steps in various groupings. Supported by University of California, Irvine School of the Arts. This program complements the exhibition Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Film.

Banner image by Paula Court

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