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Anna Halprin

2nd Edition

By Libby Worth, Helen Poynor

Routledge

206 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Description

Anna Halprin traces the life's work of this radical dance-maker, documenting her early career as a modern dancer in the 1940s through to the development of her groundbreaking approach to dance as an accessible and life-enhancing art form. Now revised and reissued, this book:

  • sketches the evolution of the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop, exploring Halprin's connections with the avant-garde theatre, music, visual art and architecture of the 1950s and 60s
  • offers a detailed analysis of Halprin’s work from this period
  • provides an important historical guide to a time when dance was first explored beyond the confines of the theatre and considered as a healing art for individuals and communities.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.

Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgements

1 LIFE AND WORK

2 THEORY AND PRACTICE

3 THE MOUNTAIN PERFORMANCES, CIRCLE THE EARTH AND THE PLANETARY DANCE

4 PRACTICAL EXPLORATIONS

Bibliography

Contacts

Index

About the Authors/Editor

Helen Poynor is an independent movement artist specializing in environmental, site-specific and autobiographical performance and cross art-from collaborations. She runs the Walk of Life Workshop and Training Programme. She is Visiting Professor of Performance at Coventry University, UK and a Registered Dance Movement Therapist. Libby Worth is a movement practitioner focusing on collaborative art processes, performer training, and responsive performance. She is a Reader in Contemporary Performance Practices at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Both authors trained with Anna Halprin in the early 1980s.

About the Series

Routledge Performance Practitioners

Routledge Performance Practitioners is an innovative series of introductory handbooks on key figures in twentieth-century performance practice.
Each volume focuses on a theatre-maker who has transformed the way we understand theatre and performance. The books are carefully structured to enable the reader to gain a good grasp of the fundamental elements underpinning each practitioner's work. They provide an inspiring springboard for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:

  • personal biography
  • explanation of key writings
  • description of significant productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER003000
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General
PER003040
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Modern
PER003100
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / History & Criticism