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April 12, 2010

“Where’s the Passion” is a lecture in which notions of self-expression, impersonation, and the politics of looking and being looked at are examined, accompanied by documentations of two recent performances choreographed by Yvonne Rainer.

Yvonne Rainer made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/ dancer (1960-1975). After making seven experimental feature films — Lives of Performers (1972), Privilege (1990), MURDER and murder (1996), among others — she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation for the White Oak Dance Project. Her most recent dances are AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M., a re-vision of Balanchine’s Agon, RoS Indexical, a re-vision of Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring and a Performa07 commission, and Spiraling Down, a meditation on soccer, aging, and war. Her dances have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Vienna, Helsinki, Kassel, Berlin, and Sao Paolo. A memoir — Feelings Are Facts: a Life — was published by MIT Press in 2006. Rainer is currently a Distinguished Professor of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine.

Joan Jonas is an artist and professor in the MIT Program of Art, Culture and Technology. She recently received the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guggenheim.

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