Yvonne Rainer is an avant-garde
American dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer. Her papers document her life as an
artist from the late 1950s through 2013, and include photographic material dated as early as
1933. Materials include dance scores; programs and posters; photographic and audiovisual
documentation of performances, rehearsals, and films; correspondence; writings, including
Rainer's feature-length film scripts; and critical response to her work.
Choreographer, dancer, filmmaker and writer, Yvonne Rainer is celebrated as a pioneer of
postmodern dance. Her often experimental and challenging work, continuously produced for
more than forty years, has been widely influential. Rainer was born in San Francisco in
1934. In 1956 she moved to New York with painter Al Held to study acting, but the following
year began studying dance instead.
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