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"the self that Trio A instantiates is not one that merely says no; it also is desirous; it is contingent; it is relational and sensitive to its proximities to others; it does not take itself too seriously. In fact, Rainer has said that her ‘No Manifesto’ has haunted her, and that she ‘wishes it could be buried.’  She once told me that she should have written a Yes manifesto.

In the wake of learning Trio A, here is my provisional version of what such a manifesto would look like: yes to looking to the past for a way to endure the present, yes to inventing mediums and yes to creating new muscle memories and yes to alternative models of transmitting knowledge and yes to potential humiliation and yes to possible failure and yes to passion and yes to aging and yes to the messiness of contemporary art history as an uncertain and vital and undefined platform and yes to queer temporalities and yes to desirous histories and, finally, yes to bowing. “

Julia Bryan-Wilson, “Practicing Trio A,” October, Vol. 140 (Spring 2012), p. 74. 

Diagram of artistic influences created by Yvonne Rainer in response to a July 1980 New Yorker article about the avant-garde dance community. Yvonne Rainer papers, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles 

Diagram of artistic influences created by Yvonne Rainer in response to a July 1980 New Yorker article about the avant-garde dance community. Yvonne Rainer papers, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles 

Yvonne Rainer, Carriage Discreteness, 1966

Yvonne Rainer, Carriage Discreteness, 1966

Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, We Shall Run, 1963

Yvonne Rainer, We Shall Run, 1963

Yvonne Rainer, The Mind is a Muscle: Trio A, 1966, Judson Memorial Church

Yvonne Rainer, The Mind is a Muscle: Trio A, 1966, Judson Memorial Church

Yvonne Rainer, Space, Body, Language, 2012

Yvonne Rainer, Space, Body, Language, 2012

Yvonne Rainer, Parts of Some Sextets, 1965. With Robert Morris, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Tony Holder, Sally Gross, Robert Rauschenberg, Judith Dunn und Joseph Schlichter.

Yvonne Rainer, Parts of Some Sextets, 1965. With Robert Morris, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Tony Holder, Sally Gross, Robert Rauschenberg, Judith Dunn und Joseph Schlichter.

The phenomenal quality of your accomplishment also characterized the whole experience for me. The words I keep thinking of to describe it come perilously close to current psychotherapeutic clichés: reality of encounter, responsible interaction, truthful response. To put it in a more personal way: I got a glimpse of human behavior that my dreams for a better life are based on—real, complex, constantly in flux, rich, concrete, funny, focused, immediate, specific, intense, serious at times to the point of religiosity, light, diaphanous, silly, and many leveled at any particular moment.
— Yvonne Rainer, letter to Barbara Dilley regarding the choreography of Continuous Project - Altered Daily, 1969
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Yvonne Rainer, Lincoln Scott, Steve Paxton, Barbara Dilley, Nancy Green, and David Gordon, Trio A With Flags at the opening of the People’s Flag Show, Judson Church, 1970. Photo by Peter Moore. 

Yvonne Rainer, Lincoln Scott, Steve Paxton, Barbara Dilley, Nancy Green, and David Gordon, Trio A With Flags at the opening of the People’s Flag Show, Judson Church, 1970. Photo by Peter Moore. 

Yvonne Rainer, still from Film About A Woman Who, 1972

Yvonne Rainer, still from Film About A Woman Who, 1972

Yvonne Rainer, We Shall Run, 1963

Yvonne Rainer, We Shall Run, 1963