“Chair/Pillow” by Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer

There is nothing extravagant about Chair Pillow. No high legs or triple pirouettes.  No embellishment or stylization. Importance is allotted in the task and the task alone. The dance requires but three materials, the chair, the pillow, and the dancer.  Performed to Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High,” the dancers appear to have no sound relationship with the music. Instead, the dancer appears neutral, lifting and dropping the pillow as he or she sits and stands before, on top of, and beside their assigned chair. Yvonne Rainer presents the dancer with the immense task of being, simply, ordinary.