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Feelings Are Facts: A Life (Writing Art)

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Publisher Comments:

If you're interested in Plato, you're reading the wrong book. If you're interested in difficult childhoods, sexual misadventures, aesthetics, cultural history, and the reasons that a club sandwich and other meals — including breakfast — have remained in the memory of the present writer, keep reading. — from Feelings Are Facts

In this memoir, dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer traces her personal and artistic coming of age. Feelings Are Facts (the title comes from a dictum by Rainer's one-time psychotherapist) uses diary entries, letters, program notes, excerpts from film scripts, snapshots, and film-frame enlargements to present a vivid portrait of an extraordinary artist and woman in postwar America.

Rainer tells of a California childhood in which she was farmed out by her parents to foster families and orphanages, of sexual and intellectual initiations in San Francisco and Berkeley, and of artistic discoveries and accomplishments in the New York City dance world. Rainer studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham in the late 1950s and early 1960s, cofounded the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, hobnobbed with New York artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris (her lover and partner for several years), and Yoko Ono, and became involved with feminist and antiwar causes in the 1970s and 1980s. Rainer writes about how she constructed her dances — including The Mind Is a Muscle and its famous section, Trio A, as well as the recent After Many a Summer Dies the Swan — and about turning from dance to film and back to dance. And she writes about meeting her longtime partner Martha Gever and discovering the pleasures of domestic life.

Synopsis:

Memoir by the avant-garde dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker recounting her childhood years, sexual misadventures, and artistic explorations.

About the Author

Yvonne Rainer is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262525107
Subtitle:
A Life
Author:
Rainer, Yvonne
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Art - Artists
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Writing Art Feelings Are Facts
Publication Date:
20130913
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
143 band#38;w illus.
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.9375 in

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