By Libby Worth
This guidebook strains the life's paintings of radical dance-maker Anna Halprin, documenting her early profession as a contemporary dancer within the Nineteen Forties via to the advance of her groundbreaking method of dance as an obtainable paintings shape. existence and paintings -- idea and perform -- The mountain performances, Circle the earth, and The planetary dance -- functional explorations
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Extra info for Anna Halprin (Routledge Performance Practitioners)
The use of nudity in this performance directly challenged taboos around sexuality and the body (Halprin 1995: 114). Halprin’s work and life experience during the 16 years that had passed since she had performed The Prophetess in New York at the Festival of American Dance in 1955 had so radically transformed her understanding of dance, her movement vocabulary and her approach to performance and creative process, that the images of her in The Prophetess and Animal Ritual are hard to reconcile. Citydance (1976–7) Citydance created in San Francisco in 1976 and 1977 was a synthesis of Halprin’s experience creating participatory events in public spaces and working in a variety of urban and natural environments.
The working method of combining movement scores and environments that the Dancers’ Workshop had developed as a performing company was now being extended to the participants of Myths. Initially, members of the Dancers’ Workshop were the initiators and guides during the events; as the series evolved roles became blurred, the participants becoming performers and the catalysts for one another and the group. Working with archetypal themes each myth generated a different atmosphere and quality of interaction: exuberant, contemplative, intimate, ritualistic and confrontational.
It is possibly a repercussion of this that was noticed by Anna Kisselgoff in her review of the performance in New York: ‘Eiko and Koma never dance directly with each other, rather, it is Ms. Halprin’s personality that draws them in’ (2002: 1).
Anna Halprin (Routledge Performance Practitioners) by Libby Worth