ASSISTED LIVING: GOOD SPORTS 2 (2011) and ASSISTED LIVING: DO YOU HAVE ANY MONEY? (2013), two recent dances by Yvonne Rainer, extend the choreographer’s formal concerns with tableaux vivants and assorted texts read or recited by the performers.
GOOD SPORTS 2 began as a collection of New York Times photos, mainly from the sports section, accumulated by the choreographer for the several years. The photos were then distributed among the dancers Pat Catterson, Emily Coates, Patricia Hoffbauer, Keith Sabado, and Emmanuelle Phuon all of whom Rainer had previously worked with. Ultimately Good Sports 2 became a melange of sports and dance references, philosophical and political quotations, and choreographic metaphors suggesting group cooperation and sensitivity.
ASSISTED LIVING: DO YOU HAVE ANY MONEY? is an amalgam of movement and speech derived from a number of different sources, including Rainer’s own choreographic imagination and her collaborative process with her dancers. The piece presents new challenges for the group in that they are required to deliver long monologues while performing intricate steps. The texts comprise quotes from authors as diverse as John Meynard Keynes, Emma Goldman, Pierre Proudhon, Adam Gopnik, and Herbert J. Gans. Following her customary penchant for radical juxtaposition, Rainer has taken the risky route of juxtaposing vaudevillian pratfalls with solemn socio-economic analyses. The dire times in which we live seem to demand such an approach.
ADI/DHC Judson Dance Theater Exhibit
In partnership with Dance Heritage Coalition, ADI presents an exhibit documenting the history and concepts behind the genre-defining Judson Dance Theater (JDT), a group of postmodern artists in lower Manhattan in the 1960s who rejected formal dance structures and redefined dance performance. The exhibit coincides with ADI’s presentation of JDT co-founder Yvonne Rainer performing two of her newest works April 25 & 26, 2014 and will also explore JDT’s influence on DC-area dancers and dancemakers. The exhibit will be open to ticketholders before and after Rainer’s performances and open to the public the week of April 28-May 3 during ADI’s normal business hours.
Tour produced by Performa.
Photo copyright Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa