Lives of Performers. This exhibition is a tribute to the legendary American dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, and presents films, photographs, sculptures, paintings and performances, created by a number of artists.
curated by: Julie Pellegrin / Chantal Pontbriand
This exhibition is a tribute to the legendary American dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. The films, photographs, sculptures, paintings and performances, created by a number of artists, question the concept of "liveness".
Born in 1934 and one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theatre, Rainer has been a major influence on subsequent generations of artists. After applying to choreography the results of her research into everyday interplay between the private and the political, she then transposed them into her film work.
The exhibition title "Lives of Performers" was originally that of Rainer’s first full-length film, made in 1972 at the time of her transition to the cinema. Between 1966 and 1969 she had already made five short films : Hand Movie, Volleyball, Rhode Island Red, Trio Film and Line.
Structured around continuous screening of these six films, the exhibition also includes contributions from artists invited to create or present works marked by their affinities with Rainer. It opens with a selection from the choreographer/filmmaker’s archives at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles : working notes, diary, scores, photographs of rehearsals and performances, posters, publications and sound recordings.
As its title suggests, the project addresses the question of "liveness" in performance. What is the relationship between presence and representation ? How does quotation, or what is now called reenactment, impinge on reality, presence and the present time ? What are the issues in performativity ? How are these issues played out politically, and in the sphere of matters of genre ?
Saturday 25 October
Saturday 29 November
at 5.30pm – Yael Davids
at 6.30pm - Émilie Pitoiset & Jessica 93
Sunday 8 February
As part of the “Instantanés” Dance Weekend
Saturday 29 November
2.15pm leaving Opéra Bastille
5.30pm performance by Yael Davids, and then Émilie Pitoiset & Jessica 93
at Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson
+33 (0)1 70 05 49 80
Saturday 25 October, noon: Carole Douillard
Images: Yvonne Rainer, Lives of Performers, 1972. © Babette Mangolte
Press contact : Corinna Ewald
+33 (0)1 64 62 77 05
Opening Saturday 25 October at 12pm
Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson
allée de la Ferme - F-77186 Noisiel
New opening hours
Wednesday > Sunday, 2pm – 7.30pm
Late openings until 9pm :
6, 7, 15 November / 20, 21, 22, 23
January / 7 February