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Rainer in Trio A. Photo by Herbert Migdoll, courtesy of Dance Magazine archives

As a founding member of the 1960s New York City–based dance collective Judson Dance Theater, Yvonne Rainer was one of the 20th century's most innovative choreographers. But did you know that she had an equally remarkable career as a filmmaker from 1972 to 1996?

Today through Thursday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is featuring Talking Pictures: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer. See Rainer's films at the Francesca Beale Theater alongside those of her contemporaries and a couple of her personal favorites. Check out the lineup.

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Nijinsky in costume for Afternoon of a Faun. Photo by Baron Adolf De Meyer, courtesy of the New York Public Library

Dance history is inundated with risk-takers, but these three legends took it to a whole other level, pushing the boundaries of what was possible. For today's #ThrowbackThursday, take a moment to remember these three iconic figures.

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Photo courtesy of the Dance Magazine archives

Yvonne Rainer is a New York City–based choreographer who was a leading member of Judson Dance Theater, the 1960s avant-garde dance collective that rejected modern dance. In 1965 Rainer wrote her famous "No Manifesto," a public dismissal of the qualities that exemplified then-current concert dance styles: spectacle, glamour, virtuosity. Her resulting choreographic work, Trio A (1966), epitomized the minimalist aesthetic of postmodern dance.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Check out rare footage filmed at Jacob’s Pillow, America’s longest running dance festival, dating as far back as the 1930s. From the celebration of the male dancer in Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers to the present-day tap dance pyrotechnics of Dorrance Dance, this is a diverse collection you can rarely find in one location. danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org

A screenshot of 3e Scène

3e Scène

Immerse yourself in the heart of Paris through Paris Opéra Ballet’s virtual arts platform 3e Scène (3rd Stage). Its numerous videos feature original work by choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, photographers, writers and musicians, often showcasing the company dancers or the Palais Garnier opera house. New content is uploaded periodically. operadeparis.fr/en/3e-scene

New York Public Library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division Audio and Moving Image Archive

The New York Public Library has a gold mine of more than 25,000 film and video titles, where you can discover dance treasures like the career highlights of Mikhail Baryshnikov, the choreographic investigations of game changers like Yvonne Rainer, archival footage of the legendary Denishawn dance school and many performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. digitalcollections.nypl.org/dancevideo

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(clockwise from top left) Douglas Dunn, Steve Paxton, David Gordon, Becky Arnold, Yvonne Rainer and Barbara Lloyd Dilley. Photo courtesy of Dance Magazine archives

“When they entered, they were hidden by huge winglike constructions made from parachutes. Carolyn Brown moved down the center line of the rink on pointe, while the men rolled down the edges of the rink and, having reached the opposite end, spiraled around, switched paths, and rolling back to their starting points, swooped around to pick Brown up as she returned along the center line. They partnered her, lifting her and carrying her as they skated in circles and figure eights..."

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