“The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project-altered Annually”
New York, NY
June 2, 2016
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman
Yvonne Rainer entered the fully lit house at the Kitchen with a microphone in hand, followed by a somber cast. She announced to the audience (which included many dancers, choreographers, aficionados) that, tragically, one of the evening’s performers, Rainer’s longtime collaborator Pat Catterson, had died. The room gasped, and a cry rang out, “What the f…?” as Catterson stalked onstage, to protest this early report of her demise, and the rest of the cast fled in panic. It was a neat trick: in the first two minutes of a performance about aging and mortality, Rainer had given us death and resurrection, and all of the concomitant adrenaline and emotional energy attached.
Photo: Yvonne Rainer, Pat Catterson, David Thomson, Emily Coates and cast in “Dust.” © Paula Court