Yvonne Rainer (b. 1934, San Francisco, California) is a world renowned dancer, choreographer and film maker whose works tour internationally. Rainer is a pioneer of post-modern dance, and a founding member of New York's Judson Dance Theater (1962-64); her work during the 60s and 70s was at the forefront of experimental choreography.
Rainer made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/dancer. After making seven experimental feature films — Lives of Performers (1972) and MURDER and murder (1996), among others — she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (After Many a Summer Dies the Swan). Since then she has made six dances, including AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M. and Assisted Living: Do you have any money? Retrospective exhibitions of her work have been presented at Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012), the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, and Raven Row, London (2014). Her seminal work Trio A, 1965, is still performed by both dancers and non-dancers in theatre and museum settings. A memoir — Feelings Are Facts: a Life — was published by MIT Press in 2006. In June 2015, Yvonne Rainer presented her latest work The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move? at MoMA, New York, and in July 2015 in Como, Italy. The piece will next be presented at The Louvre and Marseille Objectif Danse, France, in October 2015. She is managed by Performa.