Hand Movie

Hand Movie






Yvonne Rainer : Hand Movie (1966)

8mm film transferred to video (black and white, silent)

Performance Art that explores movement. Rainer exposes her choreographed hands  in a short video.  The feel of the video is very minimalistic, it was shot by fellow dancer William Davis when Rainer was confined to a hospital bed.  Her hands seem to dance, which is interesting as at the time Yvonne was unable to move after a serious surgery. Rainer’s fingers stretch and contract, bend and move for five minutes straight. She expresses all the movement her body is unable to show with her hands.




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