1 story by Siobhan Leddy .

Yvonne Rainer and Queering Failure

by Siobhan Leddy

When my depression was finally beginning to heal, I started to take jazz dance lessons. Living in Berlin, the city of Anita Berber and Weimar Kabarett, I hoped it might root me further into place. During the 1920s, that pyrrhic age between war and National Socialism, eager young Berliners danced their troubles away to unpredictable melodies. Perhaps I’d be able to do the same. I had never studied dance before, and I was objectively bad at it. I was uncoordinated, confusing left and right.