Monday, April 18, 2011

Anna Halprin + Breath Made Visible

“PERFORMANCE ART: FROM FUTURISM TO THE PRESENT” BY GOLDBERG & ROSELEE (Thames & Hudson , New York, 2001)

DANCERS’ WORKSHOP COMPANY, SAN FRANCISCO (pgs. 139-140):

“The view of ‘dance as a way of life, that uses everyday activities such as walking, eating, bathing and touching’ had its historical origin in the work of dance pioneers like Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Rudolf von Laban and Mary Wigman. In the Dancers’ Workshop Company formed, in 1955, just outside San Francisco, Ann Halprin picked up the threads of those earlier ideas. She collaborated with dancers… as well as with architects, painters, sculptors, and untrained people in any of these fields, encouraging them to explore unusual choreographic ideas, often on an outdoor platform…

Using improvisation ‘to find out what our bodies could do, not earning somebody else’s pattern or technique’, Halprin’s system involved ‘putting everything on charts, where every possible anatomical combination of movement was put to paper and given numbers’. Free association became an important part of the work… allowed each performer to develop a series of separate movements that expressed their own sensory responses to light, material & space.”

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