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Engaging the Moving Image$
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Noël Carroll

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091953

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091953.001.0001

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Moving and Moving: From Minimalism to Lives of Performers

Moving and Moving: From Minimalism to Lives of Performers

(p.345) Chapter 17 Moving and Moving: From Minimalism to Lives of Performers
Engaging the Moving Image

Noël Carroll

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Yvonne Rainer's movement from minimalism to something else, as can be gathered from Lives of Performers. The film begins with rehearsal footage of the dance Walk, She Said, which gives every appearance of being a minimalist exercise devoted to the exploration of movement as such. Though a rehearsal, this dance, oddly enough, points back to the past—to minimalism with its commitment to a modernist aesthetic of austerity. In a narrow sense, the dance rehearsal points backwards to Rainer's own distinguished career as a choreographer—a career which she was, with Lives of Performers, preparing to exchange for a career in filmmaking. From another, wider, angle, one can also gloss the rehearsal material from Walk, She Said as a synecdoche for the aesthetic milieu of the time, where not only the dance world, but the worlds of fine arts and film were all dominated by minimalism, the filmworld variant of which was structural film.

Keywords:   minimalism, Yvonne Rainer, Lives of Performers, rehearsal, Walk, She Said

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