At 25, she took her first dance class. At 28, she changed dance forever.
FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER tells the riveting story of one of America’s most important choreographers and filmmakers. In 1962, Yvonne Rainer and a group of maverick choreographers known as the Judson Dance Theater revolutionized dance by
introducing everyday movements like walking and running, performing in street clothes and sneakers, and screaming and yelling into the dance lexicon. Not content in dance, in the early ‘70s she introduced narrative filmmaking into American avant-garde film turning that structuralism-dominated genre on its head. A MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, she is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 50, came out as a lesbian. At 80, we follow Rainer as she continues creating vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that mix artistic disciplines and invite audiences to question the very assumptions of dance and performance.
FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, where it was nominated for The Teddy Award for Best Documentary, and has screened at over fifty film festival internationally, the National Gallery of Art and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. It will have its PBS broadcast premiere in 2023.