Yvonne Rainer. Terrain. 1963
ANA JANEVSKI: These images are from Terrain, a dance made by Yvonne Rainer. It was the first time the Judson group presented an entire evening of just one choreographer. Terrain contained five different sections. One was called Diagonal:
YVONNE RAINER: Diagonal consists of six people moving back and forth on diagonals in the space, and when someone calls a number, it applies to a particular traveling movement and everyone performs that action across the space. Part of it was follow the leader but it was a ragbag of possibilities—where these teams would intersect or what obstacles they would have to contend with. It was pretty wild.
I was thinking about ways to be unpredictable. There's a duet performed by Trisha Brown and me in black tights and push-up bras. Trisha is doing burlesque bumps and grinds. And I'm doing a ballet adagio I had learned in ballet class.
CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN: Everything Yvonne did was incredibly powerful and fierce.
ANA JANEVSKI: Carolee Schneemann:
CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN: I loved everything she did, whatever it was, if she just stood still, it was full of some kind of haunting contradiction between pleasure and anguish, but all very mentally calibrated.