Dance pioneer has first major British retrospective

Yvonne Rainer

The first major British retrospective of Yvonne Rainer's early dance works (1961-1972) will open this week at the Raven Row gallery in London's Spitalfields, brought to life in part by collaboration by Trinity Laban dance staff Martin Hargreaves.

Yvonne Rainer is an American dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, whose work is frequently challenging and experimental. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity Laban in recognition of her important contribution to contemporary dance practice and this is a rare opportunity to encounter her work.

Alongside extensive film, photography, writing and sketches, the exhibition will include four works performed live in the gallery four times daily; Diagonal, Talking Solo, Trio A and Chair Pillow.

Martin said: "Diagonal and Talking Solo have rarely been performed since their creation, while Trio A has featured in our second year student performance of Historical Projects. Dance alumni are among the performers currently working on the reconstructions and will be performing in the gallery for the month's duration of the show."

Martin will also lead a talk with Rainer on opening night, Friday 11 July. The show runs until 10 August.

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