Trio A by Yvonne Rainer, produced by Säfsten Produktion 2020

Yvonne Rainer “Trio A – Remembering and Dismembering (1966-2020)”.

Performed by Björn Säfsten, Sebastian Lingserius, Nassim Meki and Stina Nyberg

Dansmuseet, Stockholm
10 September – 13 September 2020

Trio A, an iconic dance choreographed by Yvonne Rainer in 1965, consists of a 5-minute sequence of movement that was initially presented as The Mind Is a Muscle, Part I at Judson Church, New York City, on January 10, 1966. There it was performed by Rainer, David Gordon, and Steve Paxton, simultaneously but not in unison.

Since then the dance has taken on myriad forms, including execution by a large group in the nude with American flags (Trio A With Flags), a retrograde version by Pat Catterson, and a recent solo version (Geriatric with Talking) by Rainer herself.

In 2018 the piece was re-staged in Stockholm for the festival “Within Practice” for the performers Björn Säfsten, Sebastian Lingserius and Stina Nyberg by Emmanuèle Phuon. This fall we continue this collaboration with Yvonne Rainer with presentations of new variations of the work in 12 unique showings.

Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/dancer (1960–1975). After making seven experimental feature-length films, “Lives of Performers” (1972), “Privilege” (1990), and “MURDER and murder” (1996), among others, she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (“After Many a Summer Dies the Swan”). Since then she has made six dances, including “AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M.,” “Assisted Living: Do you have any money?” and “The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project—Altered Annually.” Her dances and films have been seen throughout the U.S. and Europe. Museum retrospectives of her work, including drawings, photos, films, notebooks, and memorabilia, have been presented at Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012); the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, École des Beaux Artes, La Ferme du Buisson, Paris, and Raven Row, London (2014). 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. Other writings have been collected in ”Work: 1961–73” (1974); ”The Films of Y.R.” (1989); ”A Woman Who…: Essays, Interviews, Scripts” (1999); and “Moving and Being Moved” (2017). She is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a U.S.A Fellowship.

10 Sept 14.00 / 15.00 / 18.00 + postperformance talk
11 Sept 14.00 / 15.00 / 18.00
12 Sept 12.30 / 14.00 / 16.00
13 Sept 12.30 / 14.00 / 16.00 + postperformance talk

Choreography: Yvonne Rainer
Dancers fall 2020: Sebastian Lingserius, Nassim Meki, Björn Säfsten and Stina Nyberg
Choreographer, dancer, authorized transmitter of Yvonne Rainer’s dances 2019: Emmanuèle Phuon.
Rehearsal assistant 2020: Stina Nyberg

Produced by Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg Movement.
Made possible with support from Kulturrådet and Stockholm Stad

Photo above courtesy of Yvonne Rainer Studio.
Photo below by Nemo Stocklassa Hinders from the 2018 Stockholm version