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Archive: Winter 2006

Lives of Performers

Director Yvonne Rainer to appear in person

Introduction by David James, Professor of Critical Studies, Cinema-Television, USC

A free public reception with our special guests will be held
at 6pm next door in Room HIB 135

A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, Lives Of Performers examines the dilemma of a man who can’t choose between two women and makes them both suffer. Originally part of a dance performance choreographed by Rainer.

When Yvonne Rainer made her first feature-length film in 1972, she had already influenced the world of dance and choreography for nearly a decade. From the beginning of her film career she inspired audiences to think about what they saw, interweaving the real and fictional, the personal and political, the concrete and abstract in imaginative, unpredictable ways. Her bold feminist sensibility and often controversial subject matter, leavened with a quirky humor, has made her, as The Village Voice dubbed her in 1986, “The most influential American avant-garde filmmaker of the past dozen years.” —(press release)

Now a Distinguished Professor of Studio Art at UC Irvine, the Film and Video Center in cooperation with the Department of Studio Art will proudly present an evening with Ms. Rainer in person to present a 16mm print of her 1972 debut feature Lives Of Performers.

“Rainer is required viewing for anyone interested in the frontiers of film.” —John Anderson, Newsday

1972, USA • 90 minutes • 16mm (B&W) • Directed by Yvonne Rainer

Preceded by Yvonne Rainer’s short film Line
(1970, USA • 10 minutes • DVD)

Co-Sponsored by the UCI Department of Studio Art

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