Douglas Dunn & Yvonne Rainer

Douglas Dunn, in 1971, while a member of Merce Cunningham & Dance Company, and of Grand Union, began presenting work in New York City. In 1976 he formed Douglas Dunn & Dancers and began touring the US and Europe. In 1980 the Paris Opera and the Autumn Festival invited him to set Stravinsky’s Pulcinella on the Paris Opera Ballet. In 1998 he was awarded a New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement, and in 2008 was honored by the French government as Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In January 2014, at the invitation of Jed Wheeler, Douglas Dunn & Dancers showed Aubade, a collaborative evening with Anne Waldman, Charles Atlas and Steven Taylor, at the beautiful Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Douglas continues to make new work and to host Salon Events at the Douglas Dunn Studio. Yvonne Rainer, a co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, 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 (“After Many a Summer Dies the Swan”). Her dances and films have been shown world wide, and her work has been rewarded with museum exhibitions, fellowships, and grants, most notably two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Rockefeller grants, a Wexner Prize, and a MacArthur  Fellowship. A memoir, Feelings Are Facts: a Life was published by MIT Press in 2006. A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited. Co-presented with Danspace Project.