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Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

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Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

The only documentary to focus solely on the life and career of Yvonne Rainer, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer tells the captivating story of one of America’s most important artists. In 1962, as a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, Rainer revolutionized modern dance by introducing everyday movements like walking and running into the dance lexicon. Abandoning choreography in the ‘70s, Rainer introduced narrative techniques into American avant-garde film, turning that genre on its head, too. In Feelings Are Facts, we follow Rainer, now 81 and returned to choreography, as she continues to create vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that invite audiences to question basic assumptions about art and performance.


Q&A choreographer Pat Catterson with Peter Pucci
Q&A choreographer Pat Catterson with Peter Pucci
Tuesday, Oct. 25 2016, 7:30
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Pat Catterson has choreographed 108 dance pieces, receiving many accolades. She first performed Yvonne Rainer’s work in 1969 and since 1999 has acted as her dancer and rehearsal assistant, touring nationally and internationally. A custodian of Rainer’s early productions, she has staged them with many individual dancers and companies. Currently she is overseeing Ms. Rainer’s work on the Steven Petronio Company for his Bloodlines Project.

Peter Pucci is a Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk award winner. He codirected and choreographed Swag n’ Bach, which we showed in 2014, and last year’s short In the Garden. He has appeared numerous times onscreen as a professional dancer. Pucci is currently teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and has hosted or been a guest speaker for Dance on Film programs since 2009.


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