Anna Halprin

Anna Halprin (born Hannah Dorothy Schuman; July 13, 1920 – May 24, 2021) was an American choreographer and dancer. She helped redefine dance in postwar America and pioneer the experimental art form known as postmodern dance and referred to herself as a breaker of the rules of modern dance. In the 1950s, she established the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop to give artists like her a place to practice their art. Exploring the capabilities of her own body, she created a systematic way of moving using kinesthetic awareness. With her husband, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, she developed the RSVP cycles, a creative methodology that includes the idea of scores and can be applied broadly across all disciplines. Many of her creations have been scores, including ''Myths'' in the 1960s which gave a score to the audience, making them performers as well, and a highly participatory ''Planetary Dance (''1987). Influenced by her own battle with cancer and her healing journey, Halprin became known for her work with the terminally ill patients as well as creative movement work in nature.

In 1978, together with her daughter Daria Halprin, she founded the Tamalpa Institute, based in Marin County, California, which offers training in Life/Art process, their creative methodology. Halprin has written books including: ''Movement Rituals, Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance'' and ''Dance as a Healing Art''. A documentary film about her life and art, ''Breath Made Visible'' directed by Ruedi Gerber, premiered in 2010. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Halprin, Anna
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