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Reservations and info: Linda K. Johnson

March 13, 2003
Special performance of Yvonne Rainer's "Trio A" and other important works featured

Dance artists Linda K. Johnson and Shelley Senter will be performing in Works [1966—2003], a performance event featuring vintage and new contemporary dances by some of the significant early postmodern choreographers. The highlight of the concert is the performance of "Trio A" by Yvonne Rainer–now considered the seminal work of postmodern dance–as well as works by choreographers Trisha Brown, Remy Charlip, Bebe Miller, and Johnson. The performances are Thursday through Sunday, April 10—13, at 8 p.m. in Gym II in Reed's sports center. Tickets for the concert are available at the door for $15 for the general public and $12 for students, although reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. For more information and reservations call Linda K. Johnson at 503/288-5154. The performance is sponsored by the Reed College dance department and division of the arts with support from the George Goetz Wolfe Fund, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Performance Works NorthWest special projects. Digital photos are available to the press.

The Works [1966-2003] project reflects Senter's and Johnson's efforts to sustain the physical ideas of some of the early postmodern dances and to keep them available for audiences to see. Senter, a primary teacher and exponent of Trisha Brown's work throughout the world, will perform choreographic material from "Glacial Decoy," Brown's first piece for the proscenium stage, as well as excerpts from "Foray Foret." Other works in the performance include Charlip's "Airmail dance," Miller's "Rain," and a new solo by Johnson.

Yvonne Rainer was one of the founders of Judson Dance Theater, a genesis of a movement that proved to be a vital force in modern dance in the following decade. Debra Craine of the Edinburgh Times wrote in 2001, "Still vibrant, connected and fun, Rainer’s choreography looks as if it was made only yesterday." Rainer’s "Trio A" ignited postmodern dance in the 1960s with her manifesto of "no to spectacle no to virtuosity no to transformations and magic and make-believe." Rainer has recently granted Johnson and Senter permission to teach and perform the piece nationally and internationally. Sally Banes wrote in Terpischore in Sneakers, "This history of dance theory has been the repeated conflict between those who value technique and those who value expression. With Rainer’s ‘Trio A’ the cycle is at last broken. The possibility is proposed that dance is neither perfection of technique nor expression but quite something else–the presentation of objects themselves. It is not simply a new style of dance, but a new meaning and function, a new definition of dance that has appeared." Several versions of "Trio A" will be presented in the concert, one of which will be performed by students from Reed College and Lewis & Clark College.

Johnson will perform Bebe Miller’s piece "Rain," which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1989 and is one of only two solos that Miller has ever made for herself. Johnson is one of two dancers in the country who knows and has permission to perform this work, other than Miller.

Dance artist Linda K. Johnson has been working throughout the Northwest as a choreographer, performer, educator, and public artist for over 15 years. An Oregon native and a Portland resident, she has been critically recognized for her distinct conceptual approach to dance, as well as for her broad range of performance work and depth of knowledge as an educator. She is one of the co-founders of Conduit Studio and is currently Oregon Ballet Theatre’s education director.

Shelley Senter, a New York resident, has performed and taught around the world, independently and collaboratively. She was a founding member of Bebe Miller and Company. A member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1985 to 1990, she continues to be involved with the company as a veteran dancer and guest artist by training new company members, teaching internationally and at the company’s studio in New York, and staging repertory on international dance companies.


Four Wall Cinema Collective will screen Yvonne Rainer’s new video, "After a Many a Summer Dies the Swan: Hybrid" on Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. at 425 SE Third #400 (between Oak and Stark). A Q&A with the artist will follow the film. Admission is $6. For information: or 503/231-6548.

Rainer will lecture on "Out of a Corner of the 60s" at the Wieden + Kennedy Atrium on Sunday, April 6, at 5 p.m. The lecture, sponsored by PICA and the Works [1966—2003] project, is free to PICA members and Reed students, faculty, and staff members; $1 students, $3 general.

The George Goetz Wolfe Fund was established in 1927 by Adolphe Wolfe in memory of his son, who attended Reed. The Wolfe fund provides support for bringing notable theatre and dance performers to campus and encourages greater student exposure to the arts in the classroom and community.

Performance Works NorthWest is a performing arts nonprofit that strives to advance the contemporary performing arts in the Pacific Northwest by creating and performing works by their own company, presenting works by local artists, and providing the community with an inexpensive space for rehearsals, performance, and other events.

Regional Arts and Culture Council works through vision, leadership, and service to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life by actively seeking public funding from local, regional, state, and federal governments to provide grants to artists or operating support to art organizations in the tri-county region.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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