Feelings Are Facts: A Life

Feelings Are Facts: A Life

by Yvonne Rainer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262182513

ISBN-13: 9780262182515

Pub. Date: 04/12/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

"In this memoir, dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer traces her personal and artistic coming of age. Feelings Are Facts (the title comes from a dictum by Rainer's one-time psychotherapist) uses diary entries, letters, program notes, excerpts from film scripts, snapshots, and film-frame enlargements to present a vivid portrait of an extraordinary artist…  See more details below

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"In this memoir, dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer traces her personal and artistic coming of age. Feelings Are Facts (the title comes from a dictum by Rainer's one-time psychotherapist) uses diary entries, letters, program notes, excerpts from film scripts, snapshots, and film-frame enlargements to present a vivid portrait of an extraordinary artist and woman in postwar America." "Rainer tells of a California childhood in which she was farmed out by her parents to foster families and orphanages, of sexual and intellectual initiations in San Francisco and Berkeley, and of artistic discoveries and accomplishments in the New York City dance world. Rainer studied with Martha Graham (and heard Graham declare, "when you accept yourself as a woman, you will have turn-out" - that is, achieve proper ballet position) and Merce Cunningham in the late 1950s and early 1960s, cofounded the Judson Dance Theater in 1962 (dancing with Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, David Gordon, and Lucinda Childs), hobnobbed with New York artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris (her lover and partner for several years), and Yoko Ono, and became involved with feminist and anti-war causes in the 1970s and 1980s. Rainer writes about how she constructed her dances - including The Mind Is a Muscle and its famous section, Trio A, as well as the recent After Many a Summer Dies the Swan - and about turning from dance to film and back to dance. And she writes about meeting her longtime partner Martha Gever, and discovering the pleasures of domestic life." The mosaic-like construction of Feelings Are Facts recalls the composition-by-juxtaposition of Rainer's work in film and dance, and displays prismatic variations from what she calls her "reckless past" for our amazement and appreciation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262182515
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/12/1999
Series:
Writing Art
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue xiii

1 Burgeoning Sexuality 1

2 A Bay Area Family 14

3 School Years and Incidentals 46

4 Burgeoning Sexuality 2 84

5 Past / Forward Interlude: More Bay Area Cultural Memories 103

6 Chicago 114

7 SF Maturation 132

8 New York in the Late 1950s 150

9 Dance, Girl, Dance 178

10 The Real Deal 198

11 The Plot Thickens 232

12 Implosions 260

13 Divertissement 288

14 Prelude to Melodrama 296

15 Protest, Performance, Puppets 340

16 India and After (Dénouement) 352

17 Feelings Are Facts 380

18 Lives of Performers 410

Epilogue 432

Name Index 467

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