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Yvonne Rainer is in her element again
Yvonne Rainer is in her element again

Back in the early 1970s, Yvonne Rainer was in the midst of a transition from postmodern dance maker to experimental film auteur. She still had all kinds of ideas for new dances, but she would jokingly send them to her friend, the choreographer Trisha Brown, instead of realizing them herself. "Movement was not coming out of my body the way it once had," she recalls. "At that time, I was feeling the limitations of choreography, whereas film opened up a whole new set of possibilities." Rainer fully reinvented herself by 1975 as the avant-garde feminist filmmaker of "Lives of Performers" (1972) and "Film About a Woman Who . . ." (1974), spending the...