Finding Your Dance

Anna Halprin

Anna Halprin

Workshop: Finding Your Dance
Date: Sunday April 26th, 2015
Time: 10AM-5PM
Location: HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Cost: Sliding Scale $70-125

Film Screening: Breath Made Visible including a talk back with Anna
Date: April 27th, 7:30pm
Location: HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Everyone can dance. Explore the wisdom of your body and the power of movement as an artistic expression, a healing force, and a way of connecting to spirit. With her integrative approach, combining dance, drawing, writing, and voice, Anna Halprin guides individuals to an understanding of their own body’s unique potential as an instrument of both expression and well-being. Workshop participants will discover new resources and inspiration that they can bring back into their everyday lives.

For 70 years Anna Halprin, now 94, has created revolutionary directions for dance, inspiring artists in all fields. Called “one of the most important and original thinkers in performance” by Richard Schechner, “The Drama Review” editor, she strongly influenced the Judson Dance Theater through her students Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and Simone Forti. Meredith Monk, Eiko and Komo, Janine Antoni, Dohee Lee, and many others studied with her, and she collaborated with experimental musicians and poets such as Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Morton Subotnik, Richard Brautigan, and James Broughton. Merce Cunningham said, “What’s she’s done on the West Coast is a very strong part of dance history.”

Halprin has extended dance’s boundaries to address social issues, build community, foster both physical and emotional healing, and connect people to nature. She formed the first multiracial dance company, created innovative dance programs for cancer and AIDS patients, and pioneered expressive arts education through her nonprofit Tamalpa Institute. With Lawrence Halprin, she developed methods of generating collective creativity. An ongoing community effort, now in its 34th year, is her Planetary Dance, promoting peace—open to everyone and performed in 50 countries.

Beyond her 150 dance theater works and six books, Halprin has impacted thousands of participants with her dances and workshops worldwide. The recent films “Returning Home” and “Breath Made Visible” are spreading her ideas. Her many honors include awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, American Dance Festival, University of Wisconsin, and San Francisco Foundation. Testifying to her ongoing impact, she received a 2006 solo exhibition at Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and was included in shows at MoMA PS 1, Centre Pompidou, and ZKM Museum. The Dance Heritage Coalition named her one of “America’s irreplaceable dance treasures.”