It is not so long a time that female dancers were started to be interpreted as an active and subjective entity. In fact, there had always been limitations on the expression of women before 1920s when a movement for the emancipation of women grew into a social movement. It is natural that women were demanded to play a limited sex role in such a patriarchal society. Moreover, in the light of the fact that the women emancipation movement was converted very recently into a feministic movement which females were awakened to have conscious of, the works of Yvonne Rainer comprehend post-modernistic properties and feministic significance.
In particular, the women depicted in her work entitled 「Trio A」, which was choreographed in 1966, describe an independent entity irrespective of males and exclude the masculine tints remaining in feminine characters. The work is characterized by the changed costumes (training pants) and usual movements of female dancers, avoidance of the audience?s steady gaze at the dancers, mediocre bodies of the dancers (which are different from the past) and lastly, non-plotting of the dances. It was an attempt to re-create and re-form women from nothing and a product of the feministic perspective which is sure of mass-producing progressive women.
In this manner, her works have a meaning in that they primarily focus on women and have new standards for women. Her works were created, materialized, and visualized on the basis of female standards. In a patriarchal and dualistic society, her works have won achievements that her self-consciousness and visible image of women restored women to subjective and central existence, presented a positive model of women, and greatly expanded the extent and boundaries of understandable arguments on women.