…[Yvonne] Rainer ascribes the willingness of young actors and dancers to subject themselves to such degradations, “to become decorative table ornaments installed by a celebrity artist” as symptomatic of a desperate need “of somehow breaking into the show biz themselves” as well as working for “sub-minimal wages.“
A volunteer performer, who has chosen to remain anonymous but whose testimony has been circulated with Rainer’s letter, reports that “diners may try to feed us, give us drinks, fondle us under the table, etc but … whatever happens, we are to remain in performance mode and unaffected.” All this, over a fifteen-hour contract, for $150 “(plus a MOCA one year membership!!!)”…
Read full article here: Who Will Rein Her In? Marina Abramovic versus Yvonne Rainer / artcritical
Thanks for linking to my article. I hope it stimulates further discussion.
I hope so as well! If you’d like to see some of the discussion going on, take a look at the Open Discussion on Performers’ Rights (apropos Marina Abramovic) on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/332417366785128/.
And thanks for your article, I really think you have fueled a very neglected and necessary debate.