Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

Jack Walsh, USA 2015, 86’

The goal of art is to push you out of your comfort zone and American choreographer and director Yvonne Rainer purposefully shore viewers of their complacency throughout her 50 years of creative work. Along with members of New York's Judson Dance Theater she revolutionized modern dance in the 1960s. The artists introduced street clothes onto the stage, moves inspired by daily activities and the scream as a form of expression. The feminist movement inspired her performances and her films in the 1970s; in each she returned to themes of political violence or female stereotypes in Hollywood films. She literally put theory into motion. At her current 80 years of age, Rainer continues to work as a choreographer looking for ways the body can resist the normative and conformism in the tradition of dance and American society. This documentary by Jack Walsh is a classic biography of one of the most important postwar artists who is listed among greats such as Lucinda Childs or Carolee Schneemann. The penetrating portrait includes archive materials, fragments of Rainer's films, interviews with academics and numerous pictures from her family photography archive.

Jack Walsh

American director and television producer Jack Walsh was born in 1954 in Philadelphia. He has directed several award-winning short films. In 1995, he produced The Second Coming, a low budget science fiction about a pair of gay men who fight in the resistance movement after revolution takes over the United States. The feature-length documentary Feelings Are Facts: the Life of Yvonne Rainer was warmly received at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section.

Selected filmography

1983 Beachwalk (short doc.)

1984 Basic Training (short doc.)

1985 Working Class Chronicle (doc.)

1995 The Second Coming

2015 Uczucia to fakty: życie Yvonne Rainer / Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Jack Walsh
screenplay Jack Walsh
cinematography Marsha Kahm
editing Laurie Schmidt, Bill Weber
cast Yvonne Rainer, Lucinda Childs, Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Carolee Schneemann
producer Christine Murray, Jack Walsh
production Jack Walsh
sales Jack Walsh
language English
coloration colour & b&w
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