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Anna Halprin

By Libby Worth, Helen Poynor

© 2005 – Routledge

208 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This guidebook traces the life's work of radical dance-maker Anna Halprin, 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. Tracing the evolution of the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop, it explores Halprin's connections with the avant-garde theatre, music, visual art and architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and analyses her work from this period. Anna Halprin not only offers a useful introduction to the life and work of this major figure, but also 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.


'A very welcome book on the life and work of Anna Halprin … [Worth and Poynor] discuss Halprin's work knowledgeably … Overall, this book provides a very informative and well-balanced introduction to Halprin's diverse work.' – Studies in Theatre and Performance

Table of Contents

Authors' Note and Acknowledgements 1. Life and Work 2. Theory and Practice 3. The Mountain Performances, Circle the Earth and The Planetary Dance 4. Practical Explorations Bibliography

About the Authors

Libby Worth is a lecturer in drama and theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. She trained with Anna Halprin (1983-4) and is completing doctoral research on the relationship between movement and play text. Helen Poynor is an international movement artist specialising in site-specific and cross artform collaborative performance. She trained with Anna Halprin (1980-1) and is currently senior lecturer in theatre and performance at the University of Plymouth.

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:
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General