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Babette Mangolte and the New York Avant-Garde: Yvonne Rainer, Lives of Performers

Yvonne Rainer, Lives of Performers

Director: Yvonne Rainer

US, 1972, 90 min

Section:
Babette Mangolte and the New York Avant-Garde

This is the first film by a major contemporary dance figure and a member of the Judson Dance Theater marking her gradual transition from dance to filmmaking. Here we follow a fictional story line of a love triangle, which is in turn interspersed with multiple voiceovers of the director and her actors, documentary footage of a rehearsal of Rainer’s dance Walk, She Said, and a series of tableaux vivants culled from the G.W. Pabst’s film Pandora’s Box. All these stylistic innovations disrupt the traditional narrative of a melodrama and complicate the audience’s empathic response. According to Rainer, her purpose is to create incongruous juxtapositions of modes of address and conventions governing pictorial and narrative coherence so that the spectator must wrestle meaning from the film rather than lose him/herself in vicarious experience or authoritative condensations of what’s what.

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2018.IV.24 19:00
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