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Yvonne Rainer to step in for dancer at REDCAT

June 23, 2009 |  5:10 pm

Rainer The news in L.A.'s dance world this week has been the West Coast premiere of works by choreographer Yvonne Rainer. But today's bigger news is that when Rainer's "RoS Indexical" and "Spiraling Down" are performed at REDCAT on Thursday through Sunday, the esteemed 74-year-old will be on stage as well.  

Rainer is stepping in for Pat Catterson, who is unable to make the performance (and at 63 was the oldest of the four dancers on the bill).

This week's four performances at REDCAT will be the first time Rainer has been on the dance stage since 2007 in Vienna, when she also stepped in for Catterson.

Rainer was a major figure in dance in the 1970s but took a 25-year hiatus to concentrate on filmmaking. In an interview with Susan Josephs that appeared in Sunday's Calendar section, Rainer said returning to dance felt “like coming home. I have always loved working with dancers, and as soon as I’m around dancers the ideas start to flow.”

-- Sherry Stern

Photo: Yvonne Rainer. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times

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