Pioneering dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. Rainer's work has been foundational across multiple disciplines and movements including dance, cinema, feminism, minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism. IMMA presents a selection of Rainer's iconic early film and dance works, and will bring the legendary artist to Dublin for a historic conversation about her career.
One of Rainer’s most renowned dance pieces, Trio A with Flag (1966), will be performed live at IMMA with her works Talking Solo from Terrain (1963) and Chair/Pillow (1969). A series of talks and conversations will accompany this programme featuring, amongst others; a lecture by Yvonne Rainer (on Sat 12 May 7.30pm), a conversation between Liz Roche (Liz Roche Company) and Rachael Thomas (Senior Curator, IMMA) (on Sun 13 May, 7.30pm), and a talk by Chris Dercon (Director, Volksbühne, Berlin) about dance and performance invading the space of the museum, past and present. A series of screenings will also be shown at IMMA from June 2018, featuring the acclaimed film-works Lives of Performers (1972), Privilege (1990) and MURDER and Murder (1996).
Evoking responses that are at once theoretical, political and deeply personal, the work of Yvonne Rainer continues to resonate with today’s shifting world. In the words of the artist Robert Rauschenberg, “Yvonne’s multi-media expertise and her dynamic exposure has shaken the world for years. I have known her through the years of the development. To assist in the continuation is a gift to culture.”
Endeavouring to reflect the many facets of Yvonne Rainer’s practice, IMMA presents the work of Yvonne Rainer using a cross-disciplinary approach working in association with Dublin Dance Festival (2 - 20 May 2018); the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland.
All of the early dance works will be taught by choreographer Pat Catterson, Yvonne Rainer’s long-time assistant, performer, and transmitter of her dance-work. The performances will feature a cast of four dancers, they are Stav Bar-Nahum Frank, Ty Boomershine, Dimitrios Mytilinaios and Mary Kate Sheehan.
Saturday 12 May, *Doors open at 7pm, no late entry after 7.30pm* SOLD OUT This event includes a pre-performance lecture by Yvonne Rainer. Doors open at 7pm, the event starts at 7.30pm sharp. Latecomers may not be admitted.
Sunday 13 May, Matinee. *Doors open at 3pm, event begins at 3.30pm sharp* SOLD OUT This event includes a pre-performance talk by Rachael Gilbourne (Curator, IMMA). Doors open at 3pm, no late entry after 3.30pm. Latecomers may not be admitted.
Sunday 13 May *Doors open at 7pm, no late entry after 7.30pm* SOLD OUT This event includes a post-performance conversation between Liz Roche (Liz Roche Company) and Rachael Thomas (Senior Curator, IMMA). Doors open at 7pm, the event starts at 7.30pm sharp. Latecomers may not be admitted.
Ticket prices: €15 full price / €12.50 conc, which include complimentary O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer after the event.
Venue: IMMA, Great Hall. The venue includes seats and a space to sit on the carpeted floor. SEATS are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Duration: 60mins approx. (talk & performance) followed by complimentary O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer after the event.
Please note that these performances contain nudity.
Keynote Lecture on Yvonne Rainer / Chris Dercon Friday 18 May / 1pm – 2pm / Lecture Room Chris Dercon, former director Volksbühne Berlin and director Tate Modern, presents a keynote lecture on pioneering dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer Yvonne Rainer. Drawing on Rainer’s incredible 50 years practice, and her influence on a subsequent generation of practitioners, Dercon’s talk examines the various ways dance and performance is used to intervene and invade the space of the museum, exploring historic and contemporary examples that defy categorisation.
This talk offers the rare chance to hear from one of the most prolific figures working and programming contemporary art, theatre, dance and performance, today.
Yvonne Rainer | Screening Series Following Yvonne Rainer's acclaimed dance performances at IMMA, during the month of July 2018, we celebrate Rainer’s extraordinary contribution to women's cinema with a weekly screening of some of her most iconic films; Lives of Performers, 1972, MURDER and Murder, 1996, and Privilege, 1990. Learn more.
About the Artists
Yvonne Rainer (b. 1934, USA) Moving from San Francisco to New York in 1956, Yvonne Rainer studied dance at the Martha Graham School, while learning ballet at Ballet Arts. By the early 1960s, she had participated in Anna Halprin’s workshops, become a protégé of John Cage and Merce Cunningham, and was fully immersed in the New York performance scene. As a founding member of the legendary Judson Dance Theater, she collaborated with many ground-breaking artists of her generation: Robert Rauschenberg, Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, Lucinda Childs, Robert Morris, and Carolee Schneemann. Rainer pursued a minimalist aesthetic, using everyday, spare pedestrian movements as seen in her masterwork Trio A (1966). Revolutionary at the time, her approach radically altered the vocabulary of dance and continues to inform contemporary artists working across disciplines today.
In the mid-1960s, Rainer began incorporating short film pieces and narrative into her dances. Her work became increasingly personal and political, and in the early 1970s she began to focus entirely on filmmaking. She went on to direct seven feature-films, each as experimental as her dance pieces, and explored themes such as political power, social exclusion, terrorism, sexuality, and illness. In 1997, retrospectives of her cinematic works were organised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York.
In 2000, after 25 years of filmmaking, Rainer returned to dance with a newly commissioned work After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, which was recognized with a Bessie Award. Since then, she has choreographed several new dance pieces such as The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015. Rainer also developed her writing, releasing her memoir Feelings Are Facts: A Life, published by MIT Press in 2006, and a book of her poetry, Poems, released by Badlands Unlimited in 2012. Currently, she is a contributing writer to Triple Canopy. In 2014, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles presented a major retrospective of Rainer's dances and films. Rainer is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, three Rockefeller Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, a Wexner Prize, and in 2015, the Merce Cunningham Award. She currently lives and works in New York.
Pat Catterson (USA),Choreographer Pat Catterson’s parents were a ballroom dancing team and her paternal grandfather a Vaudevillian tap dancer. A NYC based artist, she has choreographed 110 works, receiving many accolades including a 2011 Solomon R. Guggenheim Choreography Fellowship and multiple Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the CAPS Grants and the Harkness Foundation, as well as a Fulbright Commission. She has been on the faculties at Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, the Juilliard School, and the Merce Cunningham Studio, among many others. For twenty years she taught her own tap classes in NYC and has been a guest artist many places, most recently at the Kalamata Dance Festival in Greece and at Centre national de danse contemporaine in Angers France. Her writing has been published in Ballet Review, JOPERD, Attitude Magazine, Dance Magazine Online, the Getty Iris, and the Dance Research Journal. She earned her BA in psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She first performed Yvonne Rainer’s work in 1969 and since 1999 has worked as her dancer and rehearsal assistant, touring nationally and internationally. A custodian of Rainer’s early works, she has staged them on many individual dancers and companies worldwide.
Stav Bar-Nahum Frank (Israel), Dancer Stav Bar-Nahum Frank is a dance artist, choreographer and modern dance teacher. She has a Bachelor of Education in Dance from Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Dance training program Maslool Bikurey Ha'itim, were she performed pieces by Angelin Preljocaj, Matz Ek, Idan Sharabi, and Barak Marshall in addition to performing Ronit Ziv's Rose Can't Wait at Boydem Festival 2012 and Micheal Getman's Fire Bird with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Her latest piece Let's Play Girl, created in collaboration with Michal Ingber, was performed in The Steiner 2017, Tel-Aviv. Stav also created The Spider and the Butterfly in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Noa Becker at the International Puppet Festival 2016 under the direction of the Train Theatre, Jerusalem. The piece is performed on a regular basis throughout Israel. As a dancer, she has participated in many performances, including Between Two Walls, Hamsa Hamsa Hamsa, and Blooming Dusk by Ma'ayan Liebman-Sharon and Vitrine and A Lady and a Bench by Kelly Ayache. As a modern dance teacher, she educates young children from the ages of 5 to 18, and she also teaches repertory workshops around Israel.
Ty Boomershine (USA), Dancer Ty Boomershine, born in the USA in 1968, studied dance at the Fort Hayes School for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, completing his studies with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Magna cum Laude at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Ty danced in New York with Dan Wagoner, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane, DANCENOISE, Merce Cunningham repertory ensemble, Gus Solomons and Ton Simons. In Amsterdam with Leine & Roebana, Giulia Mureddu, Nicole Beutler, Robyn Orlin and Emio Greco| PC. In Dublin with John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theater, and in Berlin with the DanceOnEnsemble where he performed the works of Deborah Hay, Beth Gill, Rabih Mroué, Kat Válastur and Jan Martens. He was a featured performer in the Robert Wilson/Phillip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach as well as rehearsal director for the choreography of Lucinda Childs for whom he is artistic assistant and stager.
Dimitrios Mytilinaios (Greece), Dancer Dimitrios Mytilinaios was born and raised in Athens Greece. After graduating from the State School of Dance (2012-2015) in Athens at the age of 23 he started a one-year internship at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (2015-2016). The next year- with a scholarship of Onassis Foundation- he pursued his studies in Master exerce, a two year master program on research in choreography and representation at ICI-CCN Montpelier which he will finish the following summer. Besides developing and staging his own choreographic work, he has performed for Anastasia Valsamaki, Maria Gorgia, Jurij Konjar, Inaki Azpillaga, and Romeo Castellucci among others.
Mary Kate Sheehan (USA), Dancer Mary Kate Sheehan is a New York City-based modern and contemporary dance artist. She holds a B. A. in Performing Arts with an Emphasis in Dance from St. Mary's College of California. Her credits include dancing with KEIGWIN + COMPANY and Seán Curran Company at theaters including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and New York City Center. She also performs with Tyler Gilstrap (TunanuT), Marlena Wolfe (the Wolfe project), Darrah Carr Dance, and Julia Ehrstrand Dance. She was a lead dancer in Seán Curran's Bessie Award-nominated Dingle Diwali, and she is a world-champion Irish step dancer. Mary Kate is an accomplished rehearsal director and teacher in the New York City area as well as internationally. She teaches at STEPS on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, and she has taught and set choreography in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and South Africa in professional, pre-professional, and outreach settings.
Read an interview with Yvonne Rainer by Una Mullally of The Irish Times - 'State of the union: the woman keeping postmodern dance on its toes'.
Listen back to a interview with Yvonne Rainer and her collaborator Pat Catterson as they discuss her early dance works and the thinking behind her movements on Arena, RTÉ Radio 1.