STATEMENT ON MAY 11, 1970
I am going thru hard times: In the shadow of real recent converging, passing, pressing, milling, swarming, pulsing, changing in this country, formalized choreographic gestures seem trivial.
In recent performances I have allowed for elements to emerge that pertain to actual ways in which we engage with each other. But like any group we will lose our vitality if these “engagements” remain fun and games.
I am not interested in group therapy as performance, but I am still interested in performance.
I experience a strong sense of risk when I think about what lies ahead. I never did before. My conditioning — with its powerful imperatives of history, ambition, imagination, quality and control — lurks ever in my peripheral vision.
Maybe fuck it."
— Yvonne Rainer, as published in the MOMA catalogue Information, 1970