Rising From the Depths

Inspiration: ‘Trio A: The Mind is a Muscle, Part 1,’ Yvonne Rainer, 1966; Israeli dancer: Tamar Bar Lev.

Tamar Bar Lev, 21, of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, impersonates American choreographer, dancer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer in her most famous work, “Trio A” ‏(1966‏), which was adapted for film in 1978.

In “Trio A,” Rainer radically distances herself from the theatrical dance aesthetic of her time, which was led by Martha Graham. The splits, the climactic development, the...