Judson Dance Theater

Peter Moore’s photograph of _Terrain_, 1963. Performed at Judson Memorial Church, April 28, 1963. Pictured, from left: William Davis and Albert Reid (foreground); Yvonne Rainer, Judith Dunn, Trisha Brown, and Steve Paxton (background). © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Yvonne Rainer. Terrain. 1963 292

Peter Moore’s photograph of Terrain, 1963. Performed at Judson Memorial Church, April 28, 1963. Pictured, from left: William Davis and Albert Reid (foreground); Yvonne Rainer, Judith Dunn, Trisha Brown, and Steve Paxton (background). © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

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.

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