Yvonne Rainer in Trio A in the 1970's
Performance at Wreck Beach|
(choreographed by Yvonne Rainer; performed
in 1972 by Yvonne and a group of Vancouver dancers)
out of a bag she gave us red balls, no words spoken. in quiet we climbed over log drift on shore, assembled slowly on sand, spread out, maybe ten standing straight, facing calm water, at water's edge. stood still, then one by one red balls tossed to cool blue-gray of English Bay. only arms moved. splashes, floating red, still bodies facing. red balls rocked and rolled gently on lapping waters. slowly, slowly, body by body walked on to the next act in the bay ballet. red balls, bobbing on blue, beneath blue, remained.
© 1997 Leslye Layne Russell
This poem was published in the
June 1997 issue of One Dog Press.